News 03 Feb, 2020

Extension of Precautionary Measures to Minimise Risk of Community Spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus in Singapore

Malcolm Pedley
Malcolm Pedley
CEO (Singapore)

Since 24 January 2020, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has implemented temperature screening at all sea checkpoints, including ferry and cruise terminals, PSA terminals and Jurong Port, for inbound travellers. MPA has also put up health advisories at the sea checkpoints to inform travellers and ships’ crew on the precautionary measures to take when travelling, as well as to remain vigilant and adopt good hygiene practices.

In line with Singapore Ministry of Health’s press release dated 31 January 2020, MPA will extend the precautionary measures to include passengers and crew members with recent travel history to mainland China within the last 14 days, as well as ships whose previous port of calls in the last 14 days included mainland China. This takes effect from 1 February 2020, 2359h.

MPA has issued Port Marine Circular No.2 of 2020 which provides a health advisory for;

  • operators, owners, masters, persons-in-charge and crew members of harbour and pleasure craft
  • shore personnel visiting ships alongside the wharves and at the anchorages
  • shipowners, ship managers, agents and masters of Singapore registered ships

MPA has also issued Port Marine Circular No.3 of 2020 which provides the National Environment Agency’s (Port Health Office) requirements to submit a Maritime Declaration of Health to the Port Health Office. These requirements are applicable for:

All arriving vessels that have called at ports in China in the past 14 days

and

All arriving vessels with crew / passengers who have travelled to mainland China in the past 14 days.

Members seeking additional advice should contact our Singapore Office.