We have been advised that the Singapore Authorities will not permit stowaways to be landed in Singapore for repatriation, even if these stowaways possess valid travel documents or passports
Ships prior to their arrival must declare the presence of stowaways onboard to the Singapore Authorities. On arrival, the ship must proceed to the quarantine anchorage for immigration and port formalities clearance where the master will have to sign a bond of $10,000 for each stowaway. The authority will enforce these bonds if the stowaways are found missing from the ship prior to the departure clearance. The ship must therefore ensure that the stowaways are kept locked onboard during the entire port stay.
Ships whilst at the quarantine anchorage are not allowed to carry out cargo operations and/or receive stores or bunkers. To perform these operations, the ship must shift from the quarantine anchorage to a proper berth or anchorage after the immigration and port formalities have been completed.
We advise all Members to be fully aware of the above and to inform their chartering and operations departments accordingly.
Source of information:
Spica Services (S) Pte Ltd