Wednesday 25 March 2020
opl deliveries - clarification
Some OPL supply boat companies have decided to resume OPL deliveries from Singapore.
OPL deliveries are against the explicit wish of MPA, but as Singapore intends to keep its borders open for international shipping, authorities cannot stop vessels from passing Singapore borders at sea.
It has been made very clear to all OPL boat operators that if OPL operations cause harm to Singapore Residents or shipping crew, the OPL boat operator shall be held accountable and liable to the fullest extend of the law.
Ship owners and managers need to consider:
There are no records of prior interaction of OPL crew with crew from other vessels/nations.
OPL boats do not have to submit a "Maritime Health Declaration" to authorities on their return to Singapore.
The health status of OPL crew cannot be guaranteed.
Vessels with infected crew, suspected to have been infected by OPL boat crew, may not receive approval from authorities to return to Singapore.
Any vessel engaged in OPL supplies originating from the Port of Singapore, may not be able to appeal to Singapore for assistance in case of health emergencies.
Prior cases have shown that infected vessels will likely be barred by all APAC countries from entering ports.
MPA has advised that vessels wanting to take supplies in Singapore are welcome to do so, but under the preferred condition they come into port limits and submit to health regulatory conditions and inspections. OPL supplies are considered socially irresponsible.
It therefore highly recommended that ship owners and managers carefully weigh risk versus benefits before they engage in OPL deliveries.
Sinwa prefers not to organize OPL supplies during this period and will refer owners and managers to their agents.