Port Clearance

An owner, agent or master must declare the arrival of their vessel within 24 hours upon arrival in Singapore at the One-Stop Document Centre (OSDC) or through Marinet

Declaration requirements on arrival
An owner, agent or master must make a declaration within 24 hours of a vessel’s arrival in Singapore.

Declaration submission
The declaration requires the submission these documents:

  • Two copies of the completed General Declaration;
  • Original Port Clearance of last port of call;
  • Certificate of Insurance in respect of Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC 92). This applies to any vessels carrying a cargo that weighs more than 2,000 tonnes of persistent oil; and
  • IMO Certificate of Fitness for LNG/LPG and vessels carrying dangerous chemicals in bulk

These should be submitted to the MPA One-Stop-Document Centre (OSDC) (see below for address and contact).

Assignment of GDV Number
OSDC will allot a GDV Number (General Declaration of Vessel Number) on receipt of the required documents, and stamp the GDV Number on all copies of the General Declaration.

Retention of General Declaration for arrival of vessel
The OSDC will retain the original copy of the General Declaration for arrival of vessel and return a copy of it to the shipping agent.

Electronic Port Clearance (EPC) scheme
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 arrival 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 arrival 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.

Application for Electronic Port Clearance scheme can be done via Marinet.

Creation of a vessel record
The shipping agents of vessels calling for the first time or were renamed since their last visit may apply for the creation of a vessel record to facilitate the submission of General Declarations through Marinet.

Contact information and opening hours of OSDC
MPA One-Stop-Document Centre (OSDC)
7A Keppel Road #01-26
Tanjong Pagar Complex
Singapore 089054
Tel No: (65) 6325 2374
Fax: (65) 6325 2376

Opening hours:
Mondays to Fridays - 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
Closed for lunch from 1.00 pm to 2.00pm on weekdays