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News: Singapore pushes to accelerate Maritime digitalisation and updates crew change requirements

19 June 2020

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) have launched the Maritime Digitalisation Playbook (MDP), to support maritime companies in accelerating their digitalisation plans as the economy reboots and enters a new normal post-COVID-19.

The Playbook will serve as a guide to help maritime companies uncover opportunities in digital transformation. It will help maritime companies to formulate their digitalisation roadmaps, guide execution and benefit from maritime digital platforms covering port clearances and services, trade documentation and trade operations and financing. This guide provides:

  • An overview of the state of digitalisation in the maritime sector based on results of the 2020 DAI survey;
  • An understanding of the sector’s digitalisation landscape and      opportunities, including key global trends driving digitalisation, examples of technology use-cases and the potential impact on planning, operations, commercial and support functions of a maritime business.
  • An understanding of the sector’s digitalisation landscape and      opportunities, including key global trends driving digitalisation, examples of technology use-cases and the potential impact on planning, operations, commercial and support functions of a maritime business.
  • A digital transformation framework to help identify digital driven business strategies and prioritise digitalisation initiatives.

More information is available here.

As Singapore relaxes the Covid-19 restrictions and moves into Phase Two of Safe Transition, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has updated the requirements for crew change for cargo ships in the Port of Singapore and the resumption of specific activities onboard pleasure craft subject to safe distancing requirements. MPA will also enhance support to seafarers working onboard Singapore-registered ships (SRS).

MPA has designated two facilities to accommodate crew who are unable to transfer directly to his/her vessel or flight and require a temporary rest area of up to 48 hours. In addition, to facilitate crew signing off in Singapore, technology such as tele-medicine consultations can be used to obtain a fit-to-travel certificate.

More information is available in the Port Marine Circular 27 of 2020 which is available for download on the right.