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Singapore implements stricter rules for crew changes

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore enhances the regulations and requirements for crew changes in its ports. A negative PCR test is now required before departing for Singapore.

Cargo ships unload at Singapore's Pasir Panjang port. | Photo: Ed Wray/AP/POLFOTO/arkiv/AP

The crew change crisis that came with the global Covid-19 pandemic has not eased much with the vaccine roll-out. The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has released a document outlining enhanced rules for crew changes in its port, making crew changes even more difficult.

The port authority now requires seafarers to take a PCR test in their country of origin no more than 48 hours prior to departing for Singapore.

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