An owner, agent or master of a vessel must make a declaration before departure.
An owner, agent or master must make a declaration before the vessel’s departure from Singapore.
The declaration requires the submission these documents:
The agent will get back the originals of these certificates after inspection. MPA accepts certified true copies of these certificates endorsed by the proper issuing Authorities in the absence of the originals. These statutory and mandatory certificates of the vessel shall be in force when the vessel proceeds to the sea.
The total number of people onboard a heavy-lift vessel loading an oilrig and the riding crew must be within the total number of life-saving appliances stated in the Safety Equipment Certificate at the time of departure. A dispensation from the flag State of the heavy-lift vessel is required if this criteria cannot be met.
The Shipping Division of MPA conducts safe manning checks for Singapore-registered vessels. Call 6375 6224 for any enquiries.
MPA issues Port Clearance Certificates (PCC) to vessels that have met the requirements above and paid the port dues. The agent should ensure receipt of all the vessel’s documents before leaving the counter at OSDC.
Section 46(1) of the MPA Act (Cap.170A) requires that all vessels leave the port only when the Port Master grants port clearance.
From Jan 2004, MPA has been issuing PCCs that are printed on plain paper. A sample copy of this new format and layout can be seen here.
Anyone who wishes to confirm the authenticity of a PCC issued by MPA can visit https://marinet.mpa.gov.sg/psmn2/cv/public_service/pcc/loadEnquiryPCC.action. They will be prompted to enter a combination of details found only in the PCC and if correctly entered, receive confirmation of its authenticity.
A vessel must leave the port within 48 hours or a shorter period specified by the Port Master after obtaining the port clearance according to Section 47(1) of the MPA Act (Cap.170A).
An agent must return the Port Clearance Certificate to the Port Master within 6 hours after the departure period if the vessel failed to depart during the departure period. Obtain a fresh port clearance if required.
These vessels will not receive port clearance:
The shipping community may choose to carry out port clearance formalities for vessels at the offices of shipping agencies by using the EPC via Marinet.
EPC users can apply and obtain port clearance for vessels when they undertake and declare that their vessels are properly crewed, and possess the valid certificates and documents. EPC users need not present the original certificates for inspection at the OSDC before the vessel’s departure with this undertaking. However, EPC users should submit copies of the certificates to the OSDC if the last recorded status with the MPA has expired or changed.
EPC users no longer need to submit the last port clearance certificate and departure crew list and/or passenger lists to the MPA’s OSDC (since 1 March 2008). EPC users only need to retain the vessel’s last port clearance and departure crew list and/or passenger list for 3 months. EPC users will still need to produce the required documents for the MPA’s sighting during audits. Any wrongful declaration may lead to prosecution action.