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There is a FAQ on that is only applicable to Marine & Offshore companies (that includes shipyards and shipyard contractors). The information covers Shipyards, Resident Contractors and Common Contractors as per the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM)’s Marine Shipyard sector definition, and other companies under Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) codes 28112, 28241, 30110, 30120.

Shipyards are required to have and submit their Safe Management Plans (SMM) in compliance with the Marine & Offshore COVID-Safe Restart Criteria.

These plans include the plans for the resident contractors and common contractors needed to carry out on-site activities at the shipyards. Resident contractors are not required to make an independent submission, and should submit the relevant information together with their Sponsoring Shipyards. Shipyards’ plans should indicate what measures are taken to ensure that vessel owner representatives and other short-term visitors do not have direct interaction with other workers on the production sites.


Common contractors will need to make an independent submission for their Safe Management Plans in compliance with the Marine & Offshore COVID-Safe Restart Criteria.


The Safe Management Plans should include:

A checklist declaration of whether the company will be able to meet the criteria listed     in the Marine & Offshore Safe Restart Criteria, endorsed by the company’s management.

Supporting documents only for specific criteria that state under the “What companies must show when requested” column in the Marine & Offshore COVID-Safe Restart Criteria for companies to “Provide [documentation]…” (e.g. Provide monitoring plan for ensuring compliance with Safe Management Measures).


You must prepare and submit your plans and you must implement what you have submitted. The Ministry of Manpower will conduct Audits and Inspections to conduct checks and endure compliance to the safe management measure plans that you have prepared and submitted.

There will be penalties imposed on firms which have contravened the Marine & Offshore COVID-Safe Restart Criteria or MOM’s Safe Management Measures, whichever relevant. You will also be asked to stop and resubmit their rectification plans, where applicable, and implement these measures as part of the follow ups to the enforcement actions taken.

Shipyards and contractors should immediately vacate and cordon-off the immediate section of the workplace premises where the confirmed case worked. There is no need to vacate the whole yard or building if there is no sustained and close contact with the confirmed case. Subsequently, carry out a thorough cleaning and disinfect all relevant on-site areas and assets exposed to confirmed cases, in accordance with the National Environment Agency’s (NEA’s) guidelines.

The whole team that the infected worker is from will have to be isolated and tested; works on site may be suspended.

Companies must use SafeEntry and use of TraceTogether.


They must ensure that workers and personnel entering the site are using the SafeEntry to check in and out. They also need to plan for additional controls such as temperature checks etc


All personnel entering the site must have a smart phone with TraceTogether app installed before they are allowed to enter the site.

Workers should download, activate, and maintain the latest version of the TraceTogether mobile app to facilitate contact tracking.


All personnel have to ensure that the TraceTogether app is turned on (i.e. Bluetooth is switched on) and that they carry their handphone with them at all times within the worksite, unless there are workplace health and safety risks and concerns. In the application to resume/ reinstate works or increase manning, the Shipyard and their contractors have to confirm that this requirement can be achieved.

The Shipyard operator is responsible for ensuring that all personnel (e.g. employees, contractors, clients, etc.) working on-site adhere to COVID-Safe Worksite requirements, and should work with its contractors to do so.

However, contractors will be responsible for their production sites outside of the Shipyards.

You can break your work force into teams and sub-teams.

Each sub-team will be treated as separate teams. Each sub-team will have to be segregated both at the place of accommodation as well as at the worksite from the other sub-teams even if they are doing the same activity. For example, if a worksite has 3 work locations e.g. vessels, each team will have to work within the designated zone and no exchange of workers between the 3 teams will be allowed.

You can have a physical barrier or clear demarcation is to be implemented for each sub-site. The workers must also be housed in segregated accommodations. Within each sub-site, the same segregation requirements for each team working within a designated zone and segregation on the use of communal shared facilities will apply.

It is possible for workers of a worksite to be housed at one or more accommodations. All on-site accommodations at shipyards are required to be dedicated to the worksite.

The following groups of employees are required to undergo regular swab tests:

  • Those who work on the shipyards’ production site; and

  • Those who work in shipyard contractors’ external production site e.g. workshop; and

  • Those who stay in purpose-built dormitories, factory-converted dormitories, construction temporary quarters or temporary occupation license quarters

  • The above is applicable for Singaporeans, Singaporean Permanent Residents, Work Permit Holders, S Pass Holders and Employment Pass Holders.

EDB/ESG will inform relevant companies on the swab test arrangements. If any workers who are working are found to have missed regular testing, EDB/ESG reserves the right to withdraw any approval for resumption of works.

 Only those that are working on production site and in contact with production site workers will have to be regularly swab tested. Employees like office finance, admin staff etc that do not go to production areas or come into contact with production workers do not have to.

Companies should not approach laboratories/hospitals to set up a private arrangement for these tests. Relevant companies will be contacted by EDB/ESG to arrange for their employees and contractors to be tested.


Companies must work with dormitory operators to segregate workers according to their worksites and teams so as to avoid inter-mixing.

This includes – accommodation, transportation, work and even rest days. There should not be inter-mixing.

Keep your workers and workforce safe at work by creating teams that do not inter-mingle during work and during break or meal times.

But also keep your workers safe by keeping avoiding inter-mixing after working hours. This applies to their dormitories as well as scheduled off days.

Companies must work with dormitory operators to segregate workers according to their worksites and teams so as to avoid inter-mixing.


Staggered rest days will apply to all Work Permit and S Pass holders hired under the Marine Shipyard account. Companies can check the category of their foreign workers via Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM’s) Work Permit Online platform. Companies are required to adopt and implement the staggered rest day arrangement for these employees.


All Marine Shipyard account Work Permit and S Pass holders are included regardless of their assigned worksite and role. This will help to reduce crowding when they are out on personal activities on their rest days.

If there are operational needs and the worker is willing to work on their rest day, workers are allowed to work on rest days. However, employers are to comply with the Employment Act and compensate the worker with overtime pay, and abide by the overtime hours limit accordingly.

If the company is not operating on Sunday, workers need not report to the worksite but they will not be able to leave their dormitory for leisure or personal errands that day. The workers can leave the dormitories for leisure or personal reasons only on their assigned rest day each week.

Companies can allow workers to have more than one rest day. Nonetheless, companies need to update only one of the rest days in the Safe@Work system. This will be the day where the workers will be able to leave their dormitory for leisure and personal reasons. On other rest days, the worker need not work, but will need to rest in their dormitory during this stage of the pandemic.

Companies are required to implement the staggered rest day arrangement for their Marine Shipyard account workers regardless of their place of residence. Staggered rest day is needed to prevent the risk of large numbers of people congregating on their rest days, which will heighten the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This arrangement will reduce the pool of people interacting with others outside of work on any given day, and mitigate the public health risk to themselves and others. However, workers not living in dormitories will not be required to apply for Exit Pass to leave their residence.

MOM will take enforcement measures against errant foreign workers including the suspension of dorm exits for leisure purposes, and in extreme cases, the revocation of work passes.

As Sponsoring Shipyards work very closely with their Resident Contractors they are provided with the flexibility to coordinate the staggered rest day arrangements according to operational needs. Sponsoring Shipyards are to ensure that between the shipyard and Resident Contractors there is an even spread of Marine Shipyard account workers resting each day across Monday to Saturday.

The rest day will be randomly assigned for all companies that have chosen this option. This is to ensure even distribution of workers resting across the 6 days. Companies will be notified by email by 26th August.

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