HOT PORT NEWS from GAC


Assistance to Singaporean seafarers extended under Seafarers Relief Package
Monday, October 12, 2020, Singapore

The Seafarers Relief Package (SRP) is part of the MaritimeSG Together Package to provide further financial support to the maritime industry in the wake of the global COVID-19 outbreak…

…Since 1 May 2020, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), together with Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU) and Singapore Organisation of Seamen (SOS), have provided up to $800 per month in financial assistance to each Singaporean seafarer who was unable to secure shipboard employment between 1 May 2020 to 31 July 2020, due to border control measures and crew change restrictions.

To continue supporting Singaporean seafarers whose employment have been affected by the global COVID-19 outbreak, MPA, SMOU and SOS will;
(i) extend the SRP by 3 months (i.e. the maximum support provided to an eligible Singaporean seafarer would be increased from 3 months to 6 months);
and
(ii) extend the eligibility period for the SRP to cover 1 August 2020 to 31 December 2020.

Eligible Singaporean seafarers who are unable to secure shipboard employment between 1 May to 31 Dec 2020 may apply for up to $4,800 (i.e. $800 x 6) in financial assistance…

MPA, SMOU and SOS will continue to work with industry partners to support Singaporean seafarers during this COVID-19 pandemic period.

For any queries or clarifications on the extension of the SRP, please call the MPA hotline at 1800 272 7777 (select Option 9, then 3) or email [email protected].

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at [email protected])

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.39 of 2020 dated 9 October 2020

Disembarkation stopped
Monday, October 12, 2020, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has halted the disembarkation of crew and armed guards with immediate effect.

Crew arrivals at the airport have already been suspended.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Sri Lanka, contact GAC Sri Lanka at [email protected]

Ban on night movements
Monday, October 12, 2020, Oman

In view of the increase in the number of people infected with COVID-19 and to limit its spread, the Government of Oman has imposed a ban on night movements in the country yesterday (11 October) until 24 October.

Further, all movements and gathering have been restricted from 20:00 to 05:00 hours during period of the ban, and police patrols are intensified.

Crew changes and the embarkation/disembarkation of security advisors, technical personnel, superintendents, etc at all ports in Oman remain suspended until further notice.

Disembarkation of crew only under medical grounds/medical evacuation can be arranged for which permits/prior approvals from the concerned authorities must be obtained on a case by case basis after submission of required details/history/condition of crew.

All incoming vessels have to follow/adhere to Ministry of Health/Ministry of Transport/respective Port authority guidelines.

Immigration authorities have not yet resumed accepting/processing of visa applications.

Supply of provisions/stores/spares etc. can be arranged which is subject to prior approval from the concerned authorities.

International air traffic in Oman resumed on 1 October. All persons travelling to Oman through airport and/or land borders will have to undergo COVID-19 PCR test and will have to pay OMR 25/- per pax/per test.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Oman, contact GAC Oman at [email protected]

Temporary removal of SPM
Monday, October 12, 2020, Jebel Dhana, Ruwais, United Arab Emirates

SPM #3 at the location Latitude 024° 12’ 01.4”, Longitude 052° 41’ 20.1” has been temporarily removed.

Six unlit marker buoys and one yellow blinker market buoy (Fl.Y.5s) are deployed at the location.

Caution: All craft to navigate with caution and keep a minimum of 500m clearance from the location.

(For information about operations in Abu Dhabi, contact GAC Abu Dhabi at [email protected])

Source: Petroleum Ports Authority – ADNOC – Port Marine Notice No.JDR/MN/046/2020

Source: GAC



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