Vessels Departing from Singapore
Vessels departing from Singapore need to make notifications and declarations, and follow the relevant procedures and guidelines.
- Vessel Details
Gross Tonnage (when a vessel has duel registered tonnages, the higher tonnage should be declared)
Port of Registry
Nationality of Vessel (i.e. Flag)
Name of Vessel Owner
Purpose of Call (to update accordingly, if applicable)
Loading / Discharging of Cargo
Embarking / Disembarking Passengers
Taking Bunkers (to indicate grade and quantity)
Taking Ship's Supplies
Changing Members of Crew
Repair / Docking / Outfitting at Shipyard (to indicate shipyard details)
Offshore Support Vessel Without Cargo Operations
Other Afloat Activities (to indicate accordingly)
Departure Date and Time
Next Port of Call
Location on Arrival
Name of Master
- Number of Crew (including Master)
Number of Passengers
Total Cargo on board on departure
- Vessel Details
- Vessels arrested by the Sheriff of the High Court; or
Vessels detained for non-compliance with provisions of the MPA Act (Cap. 170A) or any other written laws; or
Vessels with owners or masters who have failed to comply with the provisions of the MPA Act (Cap 170A) or any other written laws; or
Vessels with owners or masters charged with an offence under any of the provisions of the MPA Act (Cap170A) or any other written laws.
Declaration Requirements on Departure
An owner, agent or master must make a declaration before the vessel's departure from Singapore to the Marine Licensing and Permits department (MLP) through MPA's online system.
For vessels staying in port for 3 days or less, the applicant may choose to submit a combined Arrival and Departure general Declaration.
The Departure General Declaration requires the submission of the following information:
Ship's Trading Certificates required
The applicant shall ensure that all statutory and mandatory certificates of the vessel shall be in force when the vessel proceeds to the sea. A copy of the required certificates are to be submitted to MLP through MPA's online system if it is the vessel's first call to the port of Singapore and when the last recorded status with the MPA has expired or changed.
Please click here for the general guideline of certificates required.
Issuance of Port Clearance Certificate
According to Section 46(1) of the MPA Act (Cap. 170A), all vessels can leave the port only when the Port Master grants a port clearance.
Upon successful submission of the Departure General Declaration, a Port Clearance Certificate (PCC) will be generated.
From January 2004, MPA has been issuing PCCs that are generated by the system through our Electronic Port Clearance (EPC) system. A sample copy of this new format and layout can be seen here.
Anyone who wishes to confirm that authenticity of a PCC issued by MPA can click here. They will be prompted to enter a combination of details found only in the PCC and if correctly entered, receive confirmation of its authenticity.
Vessel to Leave Port within 48 Hours
According to Section 47(1) of the MPA Act (Cap. 170A), a vessel must leave the port within 48 hours or a shorter period specified by the Port Master after obtaining the port clearance. An agent is also required to return the PCC to the Port Master within 6 hours after the expiry of the 48 hours or such shorter period, and if so required to obtain a fresh PCC.
Vessel that will not be granted Port Clearance
The following vessels will not be granted port clearance:
Electronic Port Clearance (EPC) Scheme
The shipping community may choose to carry out port clearance formalities for vessels through shipping agencies that are able to submit the EPC via MPA's online system.
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 to MLP for inspection before the vessel's departure with this under taking. However, EPC users are required to submit copied of the certificates to MLP through MPA's online system if the last record 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 passengers list to MLP (since 1 March 2008). EOC 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 these documents should MPA require for the purpose of audit checks. Any wrongful declaration or failure to submit these documents may lead to prosecution action.
To apply for the use of the EPC Scheme, please login to MPA's online system and select the "Application for Electronic Port Clearance Scheme" function.
Submission of Arrival and Departure Application via Immigration & Checkpoints Authority's CREW system
For crew and passengers arriving in Singapore by sea from a place outside Singapore or due to leave Singapore by sea to a place outside Singapore, the shipping agent is required to submit the vessel's arrival and departure clearance applications at least 6 hours but not more than 72 hours prior to the vessel's arrival and departure. Please refer to https://crew.ica.gov.sg/crewfrontend/base/welcome.do for more information. Please note that this is in addition to shipping agent's arrival and departure declaration to the MPA.
For enquiries, please contact Marine Licensing and Permits (MLP) department.
Mondays to Thursday: 8.30 am to 6.00 pm
Fridays: 8.30 am to 5.30 pm
Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
1800 272 7777 (During Operating Hours)
6325 2488 / 6325 2489 (After Operating Hours)
Declaration for Vessel Being Shipped Out of Singapore
Vessels shipping out of Singapore must make a declaration.
As part of the port clearance process, vessels shipping out of Singapore are required to make a declaration. This is done via Marinet.
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