A crew agreement states the terms of service of each seaman serving onboard a Singapore-registered ship.
The master of each Singapore-registered ship must have a crew agreement with every seaman who serves on the ship according to the Merchant Shipping Act (MSA) . The master shall be liable to a composition fine of $1,000 if he does not enter into an agreement with the seaman. The crew agreement is an international requirement under the ILO Convention No 22 . Singapore is a party to this Convention.
The approved crew agreement format must be used. The master shall sign the agreement before the seaman. The agreement contains:
The owners may include the terms and conditions of employment agreed between Singapore seafarers’ unions and the ship-owners in the crew agreement after MPA is notified. Other agreements between ship-owners and seafarers may be included into the agreement as additional clauses. These additional clauses must be endorsed by the Shipping Division of the MPA and not contradict the Merchant Shipping Act, Chapter 179.