47 people, 7 firms in maritime sector punished for breaching Covid-19 rules

Pleasure craft, harbour craft and ocean-going vessels were involved. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

SINGAPORE - Seven companies and 47 individuals in the maritime sector got into deep water after breaching safe management measures.

They were fined or had their licences suspended.

Pleasure craft, harbour craft and ocean-going vessels were involved, said the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Wednesday (Aug 11).

Fifty-two offenders were fined between $300 and $3,000 each while another two had the licences of their pleasure craft and harbour craft suspended.

They were found to have violated the regulations from November last year to June this year.

The MPA said that in some cases involving pleasure craft, the number of people aboard exceeded the maximum group size that was allowed for social gatherings.

Separately, a shore-based personnel broke the rules by consuming the ship's provisions on board and not wearing the appropriate level of personal protective equipment.

In another case, a work permit holder residing on board a harbour craft came ashore without MPA's approval.

"There were also cases where agents failed to submit mandatory notifications to MPA on the boarding of a shore-based personnel," it said.

MPA added that it is investigating several other incidents of breaches of rules.

Under the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020, individuals who do not comply with safe distancing measures may be jailed for up to six months, fined up to $10,000, or both.

Subsequent offences carry a fine of up to $20,000, a jail term of up to 12 months, or both.

The craft or vessel may also have its licence suspended by MPA for up to 30 days.

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