Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore continues to facilitate the disembarkation of seafarers on medical grounds, for compassionate reasons and for contracts which cannot be further extended.
On 12 June, MPA, together with other agencies as well as shipping companies, facilitated a second chartered flight for crew change.
Two more chartered flights for crew change are scheduled to take place this week.
“Executive Ship Management (ESM) is indeed happy to initiate the project taking home Indian seafarers from Singapore and share the flight in the best possible way to facilitate crew change in Singapore by any other ship manager,” B.S. Teeka, CEO of the Executive Group of companies of which ESM is a member, said.
“There is a global need for large numbers of crew changes to take place. We have seen a sharp increase in the daily crew change applications since our last Port Marine Circular (PMC).
“We understand that shipping companies face immense challenges operating in this pandemic. MPA will continue to work with the industry and unions on creative solutions, one of which is a floating holding facility for crew; we are finalizing the details.”
“As a key maritime stakeholder, the Singapore Shipping Association took the initiative to form and lead the Singapore Crew Change Workgroup (SGCCWG) to co-develop the Singapore Crew Change Guidebook (SCCG).
“We are very pleased that the established procedures, which provide clarity to the shipping industry on crew change, have been accepted by MPA and the industry.
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