The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said that an Indonesian crew member onboard the bunker tanker operated by Palmstone Tankers & Trading tested positive for Covid-19 on 30 December 2020. The remaining crew members were quarantined on 31 December and eight, comprising seven Indonesians and one Singaporean, have since tested positive for Covid-19.
“In view of the Covid-19 cases onboard, the bunker tanker has been quarantined and will cease all operations until further notice. The company will need to review all its procedures before it is allowed to resume operations. MPA reminds owners and operators of harbourcraft to implement and comply with safe management measures aboard vessels,” MPA said.
Singapore is the world’s largest bunkering port and operators rely heavily on foreign seafarers to operate their vessels. Prior to entering Singapore crew have to undergo 14 days quarantine in their home country and test negative for Covid-19 at the start and the end of the period.