Precautionary Measures for Marine Services Providers in Singapore : MPA
1. The following additional precautionary measures should be considered by marine services providers when conducting marine operations for vessels. These additional measures are drawn up based on consultations with Singapore’s Ministry of Health. Shore personnel or the vessel’s master and crew, as appropriate, should:
a. Carry out, and log, twice daily temperature checks.
b. Practise safe distancing (1 metre apart) and minimize contact with the vessel’s crew. Where it is not feasible or practical to apply safe distancing, there should be 1 metre between groups, where each group is not more than five persons, and no mixing between groups.
c. If the vessel changed any of its crew in the past 14 days, wear a mask and goggles/face shields (if required), and ensure no contact with the vessel’s crew.
d. Seek medical attention promptly if feeling unwell.
e. Observe good personal hygiene and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
f. Practice frequent hand washing with soap.
g. Avoid shaking hands and adopt other non-contact greeting methods.
h. Reduce ship-shore activities by reducing ship-shore exchanges, internal and external audits, non-essential maintenance and other non- essential activities.
i. Strengthen gangway or ladder control by implementing stricter ISPS procedures. This includes enhancing the stairway control, checking the credentials of all shore personnel boarding the vessel, and checking and logging their temperatures. Access should be denied to shore personnel displaying flu-like symptoms.
j. Maintain a log of movements of all persons for the purposes of contact tracing.
k. Minimise unnecessary interactions between the vessel’s crew and shore personnel. Unnecessary boarding visits should be prohibited (e.g. limit unnecessary entry of agents, tally, foremen, suppliers and other foreign personnel into the crew living area to reduce ship-shore exchanges). Conduct briefings and completion of paperwork through electronic means as far as possible.
l. Only essential vessel crew and shore personnel to be in the same work area if necessary, which has to be well ventilated at all times.