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Spica Singapore

SPICA SERVICES (S) PTE LTD

80 Anson Road
#28-01 Fuji Xerox Towers
Singapore 079907

Phone: (65) 6225 5711
Fax: (65) 6221 2053
Email: claims@spica.com.sg

After Office Hours Contact:

Dughall Aitken
(65) 9625 8986
dughall@spica.com.sg

Thomas Yan
(65) 9737 4580
thomasyan@spica.com.sg

Thomas Larsen
(65) 9155 7719
thomaslarsen@spica.com.sg

Abdul Rahman
(65) 9679 8503
arahman@spica.com.sg

Ahmad Jailani Johari
(65) 9817 9250
jailani@spica.com.sg

Aung Myo Myat Naing
(65) 9731 2195
aung@spica.com.sg

Shivani Raswan
(65) 9297 0690
shivani@spica.com.sg

Mani Vanan
(65) 9169 6800
mani@spica.com.sg

SINGAPORE OFFICE CLOSURE

Due to the Corona virus, our office only has skeleton staff, while the rest continues to work from home. In the event of an emergency, please call our mobile phones instead of the office.

CORONA Virus – updated 25 March 2021

We bring the latest information about the situation in Singapore. For Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand we refer to the respective pages. At present, we have not heard of similar formal (maritime) measures in Myanmar.

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PMC 10-2021 – crew change

The latest (PMC) Port Marine Circular (10-2021) has been issued 25 March, replacing PMCs 26+27/2020 and also 05+07/2021.

The rules are very similar, but we still encourage you to familiarize yourself with the latest guidelines. The full PMC is not suitable for publishing here, but should assistance and/or information be required, please contact, Mr. Jailani (jailani@spica.com.sg/+65 98179250).

Singapore authorities continue to restrict its border control for arriving/departing of foreign national including that of vessel’s crew in light of the continuing effort over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Any queries relating to this circular should be directed by email to : crew_change@mpa.gov.sg.

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Service of warrant of arrest and writ of summons in an admiralty in rem action on the agent of the ship effective 22 January 2021

Solicitors representing plaintiffs in admiralty proceedings in Singapore are now permitted to serve a warrant of arrest and/or a writ of summons in an admiralty in rem action (“writ”) on the agent of the ship. While the new procedures that take effect on 22 January 2021 may reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission, they require agents of ships to be on the alert and may pose risks for ship owners who may face delay in being notified of the service of court papers.

The new procedures are set out in the new Order 70 rule 10A of the Rules of Court, which was introduced by the Rules of Court (Amendment) Rules 2021. In conjunction with this, the Supreme Court Registrar has issued the Supreme Court Practice Directions Amendment No. 1 of 2021 (“Amendment Practice Directions”) on (a) notification requirements of the service of a warrant of arrest and/or a writ, and (b) filing requirements for entering judgment in default. The Sheriff of the Supreme Court has also dispensed with the need for a security guard to be deployed on board an arrested vessel for the duration of the arrest of the vessel with effect from 15 January 2021.

The new rules came into operation on 22 January 2021 and will continue to apply as long as the Covid-19 restrictions imposed on the maritime industry by either or both of the following regulations remain in force, namely: a. Regulations 61A, 61B and 61C of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations (“MPA Regulations”); and b. Part 3 of the Second Schedule to the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 (“Covid-19 Regulations”).

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In light of the Covid-19 situation, Singapore has amended its rules regarding interaction between vessels and shore personnel (PMC 04-2021). This change is likely the result of virus detection on vessels in Singapore and an effort to stop spreading, via shore personnel, to Singapore and among vessels in Singapore.

Shore personnel include agents, superintendents, ship suppliers, technicians and/or repairs crews, etc. It also includes surveyors, and this might have an impact on who and how quickly we can assist you in case of urgency.

Please note that the MPA is making distinction between Ocean Going vessels and Harbour Crafts. Anyone who goes onboard an Ocean-going vessel that is in port will not be allowed to attend onboard Harbour Crafts 7 days after disembarkation from an Ocean Going vessel.

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The following Border Restrictions are in place.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has implemented temperature screening at all sea checkpoints, including ferry and cruise terminals, PSA Terminals and Jurong Port, for inbound travellers since 24 January 2020, 1200pm.

Travellers and ship crew arriving at sea checkpoints will undergo temperature screening conducted by on-site healthcare assistants. Suspect cases will be referred to the hospitals for further assessment.

There are health advisories at the sea checkpoints to advise travellers and ship crew on the precautionary measures to take when travelling, as well as to remain vigilant and always adopt good hygiene practices.

MPA has taken the following enhanced measures for vessels arriving Singapore:

  1. Crew members are advised to take their temperature twice daily;
  2. All crew members are advised to maintain good hygiene in accommodation areas by cleaning frequently touched surfaces (e.g. desks, door handles, switches, telephones, etc).
  3. Shipmasters should isolate unwell crew and passengers.
  4. Shipmasters are required to report unwell crew/passengers to MPA and NEA’s Port Health Office (PHO) and make the necessary arrangements to seek medical attention.
  5. Shipmasters should follow the National Environment Agency’s (NEA) guidance for disinfecting common areas and rooms.

All suspected cases of COVID-19 crew/passengers will be assessed and/or tested for COVID-19. If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 on board any vessel, PHO will quarantine the vessel at a designated anchorage or wharf, and in consultation with MOH provide the quarantine requirements for the crew and passengers. During the quarantine period, operations will not be allowed until the quarantine is lifted. If there is a need for any critical operation, PHO’s approval will be required and all persons working onboard will be required to don the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include surgical gowns, masks and gloves.

If there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on board vessels, there is no restriction on operations.

Members are referred PMC No. 16 of 2020 on the National Environment Agency’s (Port Health Office) requirements to submit the Maritime Declaration of Health to the Port Health Office. All arriving vessels are required to submit the following documents to the Port Health Unit/Central Regional Office 12 hours before arrival:

a) The Maritime Declaration of Health Form; b) Crew list / Passenger list; c) Current copy of Ship Sanitation Certificates; and d) Last 10 ports of call list; e) List of all passengers & crew members with temperature above 37.5 degree Celsius.

The stated documents must be submitted regardless whether there are any sick passengers or crew on board.

The master of the ship is to conduct temperature checks for all passengers and crew members no earlier than 2 hours before arrival and provide the list of passengers/crew members with temperature measured above 37.5 degree Celsius to Port Health Office, National Environment Agency.

Piracy – in our area

  • Sulu Sea and eastern Sabah: It has been relatively quiet, but one incident from January 2020 does illustrate the threat and serious problem.  The crew of a fishing trawler was kidnapped.
  • Singapore Strait: With a slight increase in numbers of incidents, from 31 to 34, robberies in the Singapore Strait continues into 2021. What is perhaps interesting is that eastbound vessel are much more prone to being targeted (90%) than westbound vessels, and it is not tugs and barges but mostly tankers and bulkers.

Please find a link to the latest report from ReCAAP on the issue of piracy in our region.

https://www.recaap.org/resources/ck/files/reports/annual/ReCAAP%20ISC%20Annual%20Report%202020%20v1.pdf

Thomas Yan is Spica’s Head of Claims, having worked for the company for 30 years, Thomas handles all major claims and has overall responsibility for the management of all Spica’s claims handling teams. Prior to joining Spica Thomas was at sea and also worked as a marine surveyor. Thomas is one of Spica’s founders. Dughall Aitken is the Company Chief Executive and handles major casualty work for the company in Singapore and supervises the handling of all major claims regionally. Before joining Spica, Dughall worked for A.P. Moller, completing assignments in Maersk’s Ro-Ro, Offshore and Deep Water fleets. Thomas Larsen has joined Spica Services from an IG P&I Club, as the Regional Claims Manager. In addition to his Group P&I experience, Thomas is also a qualified lawyer and has a degree in dispute resolution. Thomas’ responsibilities are for the management of all regional claims teams, and for the introduction of improved claims handling processes and procedures. Thomas will also supervise all major claims throughout the region. Abdul Rahman bin Hussein has been with Spica 26 years, joining following a career at sea, and ashore with a well-known Marine Survey firm. Rahman has experience handling all types of claims, but specializes in tanker and general cargo claims, on behalf of all Clubs. Ahmad Jailani bin Johari has been with Spica for 14 years. Following 8 years sailing experience on board various types of tankers, bulkers general cargo vessels, latterly as Chief Officer. Jai has worked ashore with various ship owners, managers and operators within a large government linked Singaporean company, in various management positions. He then joined a regional ferry and offshore company in rising to Chartering Manager, following which he brought his substantial experience and skill-set to Spica Services. Aung Myo Myat Naing joined Spica 7 years ago, after 3 years at sea with Hyundai Merchant Marine, sailing on board cape size bulk carriers as a 2nd officer. Since joining Spica Services, he has been handling claims involving cargo/container claims, cargo quantity/quality disputes for tankers, collision, sinking, grounding, fire, oil pollution, recovery claims, etc. As a Myanmar national, Aung also has responsibility as Country Manager for Spica Services’ Myanmar Branch Office. Shivani Raswan is a qualified lawyer having six years relevant experience of practice in commercial/contract laws. After perusing her Masters in Maritime law with distinction in Marine Insurance from the National University of Singapore, she completed internships with renowned law firms in Singapore, such as Gurbani & Co., Joseph Tan & Jude Benny and Rajah & Tan. She is experienced in handling various marine/P&I claims such as cargo claims, containers/carrying equipment claims, ports’ liabilities and crew claims, but specializes in Transport Liability claims.

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