Singapore Maritime and Ports Authority Issues Guidelines for Crew Change

Following a significant number of enquiries related to the recent relaxation of restrictions on crew change, the Maritime and Ports Authority (MPA) in Singapore has issued a guideline and FAQ with the aim to facilitate crew change.

In order to increase the chances for a successful request for crew change it is highly recommended to study the guidelines and FAQ prior to forwarding the request. Port Marine Circular 26 lists the following circumstances under which crew change can be facilitated:

  • The crew has served the maximum time on board, and no further extension of the employment contract is granted by the flag state. Carefully study the details on extension to the SEA.
  • Compassionate grounds (e.g. death of a family member).
  • The crew is no longer medically fit to work on board the ship. Carefully study the details on extension to the medical fitness certificates…

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