The manning requirements include the required number of crew, their qualifications, nationality, etc. for ships registered under the Singapore Flag.
Owners and masters of Singapore registered ships have to meet certain manning requirements. Following
are the requirement areas.
Nationality of the crew
There are no restrictions on nationality of crew. Foreign officers and ratings may sail in any capacity
on Singapore-registered ships provided they are qualified to sail in that capacity.
Number of crew
Singapore-registered ships need to be manned by a minimum number of qualified officers in accordance with the scales stated under the Merchant Shipping (Training, Certification And Manning) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 .The key requirements include:
Safe Manning Document (SMD)
All Singapore-registered ships need to be safely manned and hold an original Safe Manning Document (SMD) issued by the MPA. The SMD is issued according to the SOLAS Convention and the principle contained in the IMO Resolution A.1047 (27) . It states the minimum number and the grades of personnel required for the safe operation of the ship. Application for the SMD should be made to the Shipping Division of the MPA. For details, please refer to our Circular #13 of 2004. URL: http://www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/port_and_shipping/circulars_and_notices/shipping_circulars_detail.page?filename=sc04-13.xml
Qualifications of crew
MPA recognises foreign Certificates of Competency (CoC) issued under the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. The CoC must be issued by an administration whose certificates are recognised by MPA. Circular #13 of 2001 .contains a list of countries where the certificates issued is recognised.
Ratings who form part of a navigational or engine room watch must hold a watchkeeping certificate issued under II/4 or III/4 of the STCW Code. A watchkeeping certificate issued by a foreign maritime administration whose certificates are recognised by MPA is acceptable for service onboard Singapore-registered ship.
Certificate of Endorsement (COE)
An officer who holds a foreign Certificate of Competency (CoC) needs to be issued a COE by MPA if he wishes to serve on a Singapore-registered ship. The COE is only issued to officers holding a CoC from countries that have signed agreements with the MPA under Regulation I/10 of STCW’ Convention as amended. A COE is valid for five years from the date of issue. The COE will not be valid once the applicant’s CoC expires. Ratings do not require COE.For details, please refer to Circular No 17 of 2011.
The revised STCW (Manila amendments) came into force on 1 Jan 2012. Under the revised STCW (Manila Amendment), all officers including master serving on chemical, oil or gas tankers must have the tanker endorsement endorsed by the flag State. Flag State endorsement for ratings is not required. For details, please refer to of our shipping circular No 18 of 2011.
|Forms||COE application form|
|Legislation||Merchant Shipping (Training, Certification And Manning) Regulations 1998|
|Related info||Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union ,Singapore Organisation of Seamen|