Introduction to Pleasure Craft Licensing

Craft used for pleasure purposes may apply for a pleasure craft licence. The granting of the licence is subject to terms, conditions and safety requirements.


Pleasure craft means any craft which is intended for use within the port exclusively for sport or pleasure purposes, but does not include any craft which is used to carry passengers on sightseeing tours within the port for which each such passenger is charged a separate and distinct fare. All pleasure craft to be used in Singapore port waters must be licensed. Pleasure craft licensed with MPA shall be prefixed with the following letters:

  • SZ – in the case of a pleasure craft for private use; and
  • SZH – in the case of a pleasure craft for commercial use.

Craft’s Mooring/Storage Base

Owners of pleasure craft are required to store their craft at established boatels, yacht clubs, marinas or designated pleasure craft mooring sites. Confirmation letter of mooring from such boatel, yacht club or marina is to be submitted at the time of application.

Owners whose craft are found moored illegally will be prosecuted.

When a craft is no longer in use

When a craft is no longer in use, the pleasure craft licence must be surrendered to the MPA One-Stop Document Centre (OSDC) and approval must be obtained from the Port Master to dispose of or store the craft on land. See our delicensed form.

Driving a powered pleasure craft

Drivers of powered pleasure craft must possess a valid powered pleasure craft driving licence (PPCDL) or an Advance powered  pleasure craft driving licence (APPCDL) issued by the Port Master.

Table 1: Classes of pleasure craft driving licences

Length <24 metres >24 metres
Class of Pleasure craft driving licence required PPCDL APPCDL


Table 2: List of PPCDL and APPCDL Training Centres

PPCDL Centre Telephone Number Fax Number
Changi Sailing Club 6545 2876 6542 4235
Marina Country Club 6564 4866 / 6385 6166 6385 6509
ONE15 Marina Club 6305 6988 6376 0888
Raffles Marina 6861 8000 6861 1020
Republic Of Singapore Yacht Club 6768 9239 6768 9280
SAF Yacht Club 6758 3359 6757 9046
Singapore Police Force Aquatic Club 6376 7126 / 6376 2746 6376 7118 / 6376 7001
Singapore Polytechnic 6772 1817 6772 1958
Singapore Powerboat Association 6564 4866 6564 4568
Water-Venture ( Changi) 6545 1140 6545 8897
APPCDL Centre Telephone Number Fax Number
Singapore Polytechnic 6772 1316 6772 1958


Reporting of incidents to MPA

In the event of any incidents, such as collisions, damages to craft, any injuries or any loss of life, the owner, master or the person in charge of the craft must report such incidents to the Port Master within 48 hours of the incident. Please contact Marine Safety at Tel: 6325 2488 / 9.

Exemption for Canoes and Kayaks

Since 2 Jun 2003, canoes and kayaks owned by individuals and organisations (except commercial operators) do not need to be licensed by the MPA. “Organisations” here refers to either:

  1. an organisation not operated or conducted primarily for profit, which is engaged in or connected with the promotion of sports; or
  2. an education institution not operated or conducted for profit, which is engaged with or connected with the advancement of education; or
  3. a public authority or society not operated or conducted for profit, which is engaged with or connected with charitable activities that benefit the community as a whole.