Safe Management Measures For Pleasure Craft

Updated on 27 December 2021


All pleasure craft operators, owners and masters are reminded to ensure that they comply with the measures stipulated in the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020, and implement these measures in relation to persons boarding and on the craft. 

These measures include implementing contact tracing procedures such as TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (TT-only SE) for all persons who board the pleasure craft. If TT-only SE is not implemented, the craft owner/operator/master must maintain a record of the passenger and crew manifest[1]. In addition, checks on visible respiratory symptoms[2] must be conducted before any person boards the craft. Persons who display any visible respiratory symptoms must not be allowed to board the craft and should be advised to seek medical attention immediately. Every individual must wear a mask at all times except in circumstances prescribed in the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020[3].

Gatherings of more than 5 persons[4] onboard any pleasure craft are prohibited with the following exemptions:
  1. SZH-licensed pleasure craft activities; and 
  2. Marriage solemnisation onboard SZ-licensed pleasure craft

From 01 Jan 2022, unvaccinated crew members working onboard pleasure craft will not be allowed to return to the workplace. They can do so only if:
  1. They have tested negative for COVID-19 with an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) done via Pre-Event Test (PET) at an MOH-approved COVID-19 test provider.
  2. Test must be valid[5] for the duration that the crew member is required to be at the workplace.

SZH-licensed pleasure craft

Owners/operators of SZH-licensed pleasure craft that intend to carry more than 1 group of passengers (i.e. more than 5 passengers), for ANY activities are required to submit a one-time application for MPA’s review and approval.    

Owners/operators of SZH-licensed pleasure craft are reminded that only recorded music may be played onboard. Self-service buffet, live music and entertainment[6] remain disallowed. Emphatic toasting with food or drinks by crew and passengers is also disallowed.

In view of the emergence of the Omicron variant of concern, MPA will be implementing the following additional safe management measures from 15 Dec 2021:
  1. Only fully vaccinated[7] passengers are allowed onboard the SZH-licensed pleasure craft. Unvaccinated passengers (other than recovered individuals, medically ineligible individuals, or children aged 12 years and below[8]) are not allowed to board the craft. Owner/operators of SZH-licensed pleasure craft must check the status of such individuals]; and
  2. If more than one group[9] will be on board the SZH-licensed pleasure craft, all passengers must undergo ART or PET[10] prior to commencement of the charter. 

Please contact Andrew Leong (Tel: 6325-2478, email:andrew_leong@mpa.gov.sg) for any clarification. 

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Footnotes:
[1] The passenger/crew manifest shall provide details such as name of passenger/crew, last four digits of NRIC/passport number/FIN and contact number.
[2] These symptoms include: (a) coughing; (b) sneezing; (c) breathlessness; and (d) a runny nose.
[3] These include, amongst others, when the individual is consuming food, drink or medication or carrying out, in the course of employment, an activity that requires no mask may be worn. 
[4] This limit of 5 persons does not include the master/crew employed (i.e. being paid a salary) to operate the craft and should at no time exceed the craft licensed carrying capacity. 
[5] The validity of the COVID-19 test result is 24 hours from the time the individual was registered in-person at the testing premise.
[6] Radio broadcasts, live performance, exhibition or display of gymnastics or acrobatics, lecture, talk or address, all forms of film/video/TV screenings, and the provision or allowance of other forms of public entertainment activities such as live music, dancing, variety acts and singing (by workers or customers, including birthday songs), amusement devices, darts, billiards, pool, snooker, karaoke, gambling and/or gaming instruments (e.g. dice, mahjong tiles, playing cards) are not permitted.
[7] An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after he or she has received two doses of Pfizer-BioNTech/ Comirnaty, Moderna, or any vaccines in the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing such as Sinovac-CoronaVac, Sinopharm, and AstraZeneca.
[8] Unvaccinated children aged 12 years old and below can be included in groups of 5 persons as long as they are all from the same household.
[9]  If more than 1 group but only passengers from the same household are onboard, they may be exempted from the ART or PET requirement.
[10] Passengers will be required present the PET results on the TraceTogether/HealthHub Application or hard copy results for verification


Marriage solemnisations or receptions onboard MPA-licensed pleasure craft

Marriage solemnisations or receptions may only be held on board MPA-licensed pleasure craft in compliance with the requirements of the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures)(Control Order) Regulations 2020. Please refer to the following weblink (LINK) for further information on solemnisations and receptions.

MPA licensed pleasure craft owner/operators are required to seek approval from the owners of the premises where the craft are berthed (e.g. marinas) if the solemnisation and/or reception is held when the pleasure craft is berthed. Please refer to the following table for more information on MPA-licensed pleasure craft holding solemnisation and/or receptions.

Venue Marriage Solemnisations Wedding Receptions
MPA licensed pleasure craft (license prefix “SZ”) 
Maximum of 10 persons[1] provided that (a) the total number of persons on board does not exceed the craft’s licensed carrying capacity at all times, and (b) applicable safe management measures can be implemented onboard. 

MPA-licensed SZ pleasure craft are not allowed to engage in commercial hire in the Port of Singapore. Owners/operators who wish to hold marriage solemnisations on board MPA-licensed SZ pleasure craft must obtain MPA’s written approval (email: pms@mpa.gov.sg) before the date of the solemnisation.
Not allowed
MPA licensed pleasure craft (license prefix “SZH”)
Maximum of 50 persons[2] provided that (a) the total number of persons on board does not exceed the craft’s licensed carrying capacity at all times, (b) applicable safe management measures can be implemented on board.

For solemnisations and receptions with more than 20 persons, the persons should be split into a group of up to 20 (called the “wedding party"), with the remainder split into groups of 5. The “wedding party” should maintain a 1 metre distance from the smaller groups of 5. The groups of 5 should also maintain a 1 metre distance from other groups at all times. There must be no intermingling or mixing between groups.

Pre-event testing (PET) is required for all attendees of a wedding reception (refer to LINK for more information on PET).


Footnotes:
[1] guests and the couple, excluding the solemniser, and other persons onboard for the purposes of providing authorised services, such as event vendors and crew employed to operate the craft
[2] 48 guests and the couple, excluding the solemniser and other persons onboard for the purposes of providing authorised services, such as event vendors and crew employed to operate the craft


Application for SZH to carry more than 1 group of passengers

Owners/operators of SZH-licensed pleasure craft who wish to carry more than 1 group of passengers, other than the master/crew employed to operate the craft, are required to submit their proposals for MPA’s review and approval. The proposals shall be submitted at least 7 days prior to the commencement of first trip with carriage of more than 1 group of passengers.

Owners/operators of SZH-licensed pleasure craft issued with the approval are reminded of their responsibility to ensure compliance, failing which the approval would be revoked and appeals would not be entertained.
 
The plan shall include but is not limited to the following:
  1. Compliance with the prevailing Safe Management Measures (SMM) (LINK)  and MOM’s requirements for SMMs at workplace (LINK).
  2. Appointing Safe Management Officer(s) (SMO) to assist in the implementation, coordination and monitoring of the system of SMM on board the pleasure craft. The SMO can be the master of the craft or a nominated crew member who reports to the master. The master is responsible for and to ensure the proper execution of the SMO functions. The duties of the SMOs include coordinating implementation of SMM, conducting inspections, and checks remedying noncompliance; keep records of inspections, checks and correction actions.
  3. Measures that will be taken on board to ensure not more than the allowable number of persons in a group and maintaining 1m safe distancing between the sub-groups. There should not be intermingling between the sub-groups at all times.
  4. Ensure the persons boarding the craft check-in and checkout using the TraceTogether-only SafeEntry (TT-only SE).
  5. Checking of visible respiratory symptoms and disallowing any passengers displaying any visible respiratory symptoms (such as coughing, sneezing, breathlessness or a runny nose) to board the pleasure craft.
  6. Conducting a pre-departure briefing and to ensure that all SMMs relevant to passengers are conveyed to them.
  7. Details of activities that will be conducted. For specific activities (e.g swimming, kayaking, scuba diving) carried out onboard, please provide details on activities and elaborate on SMM (e.g common usage equipment sanitization prior to use by other group) put in place to ensure that all activities are conducted in accordance to national policy and in accordance to advisories issued. Any activity that does not allow safe distancing to be observed must not be conducted.
  8. Ensuring that all persons on board are wearing face masks in accordance with the prevailing requirements.
  9. Cleaning and disinfection of the pleasure craft after each charter or as necessary, especially the high touch areas such as tables, chairs, railings door handles etc. (Please refer to NEA website for the guidelines and advisories via LINK).
  10. Owners/Operators of the SZH-licensed pleasure craft shall provide additional documents to MPA if there is a need for clarification.
Owners/operators of SZH-licensed pleasure craft are required to submit their respective plans in a single word document to Andrew Leong (email: andrew_leong@mpa.gov.sg).
 
Owners/operators of SZH-licensed pleasure craft who do not comply with the required SMM will face a fine of up to S$10,000, imprisonment of up to six months, or both for first-time offenders under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. Repeat offenders may face a fine of up to S$20,000, imprisonment of up to twelve months, or both. Further, other powers under the Act, suspension or revocation of licences, may be used against the owners/operators of SZH-licensed pleasure craft that are found to be non-compliant. Owners/operators of SZH-licensed pleasure craft who do not comply with SMMs may also be ineligible for government grants, loans, tax rebates and other assistance.