Singapore: 47 individuals & 7 companies penalized for breaching COVID-19 related regulations
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced that 47 individuals and 7 companies, including ocean-going vessel interests, were penalized between November 2020 and June 2021 for breaching safe management regulations, apparently related to the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020.
Exceeding the maximum group size that was permitted for social gatherings on board pleasure craft, not wearing the appropriate level of personal protective equipment in the ship’s stores, a long-term permit holder residing on board a harbourcraft came ashore without MPA’s approval, or failure to submit mandatory notifications to MPA on the boarding of a shore-based personnel are found to have breached the law.
The MPA advised that a person who commits an offence under that Act is liable, on first conviction, to a maximum fine of $10,000 or imprisonment of up to 6 months or to both, and on a second or subsequent offence, to a maximum fine of $20,000 or imprisonment up to 12 months or to both. In addition, the craft or vessel may also have its license suspended by the MPA for up to 30 days.
More details are available on the MPA Singapore website.
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