Custom Account Activation

Any Import, Export or Transshipment of goods will require activating an account with Singapore Customs (SC) using the company UEN. Free account activation is generally completed within 48 hours. The Customs Account remains valid as long as the company is registered with ACRA.

Sea Freight Forwarding

Habour Craft Licence

Under the provisions of the above Regulations, harbour craft licences are issued by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to vessels used for commercial purposes within the port.

Categories of Licences

SB

Vessel used for the carriage in bulk of petroleum, liquefied gases, liquid chemicals or vegetable/animal oils

Note: The craft owner must ensure that the vessel meets the ‘gate system’ for the licensing of port limits bunker tankers.

SC

Vessel used for the carriage of dry or packaged cargoes

Note:  In order to transport Dangerous Goods Group I / Explosives and Class A or B petroleum in package, the craft must be licensed under the SC category. In addition, the Port Master may choose to endorse on the licence of a cargo harbour craft the number of passengers he deems as fit to be carried on that craft, and therefore not necessary for the SC harbour craft to be licensed separately as an SP harbour craft.

SP

Vessel used for the carriage of passengers

Note: Customers applying for a licence for a passenger ship for the carriage of more than 12 passengers, or a waterboat, are advised to obtain prior in-principle permission from the Port Master before any commitment is made to purchase or construct the craft.

ST

Vessel used for towing, pushing or pulling other vessels.

Note: The minimum engine shaft power of a tugboat shall not be less than 150 kilowatt (200 brake horsepower). All tugs of steel construction of 750 kilowatt power and above that operate within port limits must be outfitted with anti-oil pollution.

SR Vessel used for any other purpose

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Port Clearance Certificate

All vessels, including pleasure craft, recreational fishing vessels and yachts, must obtain a Port Clearance Certificate (PCC) before departing the Port of Singapore. A departure declaration, together with the relevant documents, must be made to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to obtain the PCC.

For vessels staying in port for 3 days or less, the applicant may choose to submit a combined Arrival and Departure general Declaration.

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Where to apply?

Ship Registration

More information: https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/finance-e-services/forms/singapore-registry-of-ships/ship-registration

Where to apply?

Port Limit Manning Licence

All certificated crew working on board a harbour craft are required to possess a valid Port Limit Manning Licence. There are different types of Manning Licences:

  • Port Limit Steersman
  • Port Limit Helmsman
  • Port Limit Special Grade (Deck) Officer
  • Port Limit 2nd Class Engine Driver
  • Port Limit 3rd Class Engine Driver
  • Port Limit Special Grade (Engine Driver)

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Where to apply?

New Vessel Launch Permit

A new vessel longer than 15 metres requires written permission before it can be launched, or vessels more than 15 metres long require written permission from the Port Master before they can be launched in port.

Regulation 52 of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations states:

“No person shall cause or permit a newly constructed vessel of more than 15 metres in length to be launched, or to be placed into the waters of the port, without the prior written permission of the Port Master under such conditions as the Port Master may impose.”

More information:

  • Maritime and Port Authority:

https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/craft-licensing-and-port-clearance/launching-laying-up-breaking-up-of-vessel/launching-of-a-new-vessel-in-port

Where to apply?

  • Maritime and Port Authority:

https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/craft-licensing-and-port-clearance/launching-laying-up-breaking-up-of-vessel/launching-of-a-new-vessel-in-port

Ship Station Licence

The Ship Station Licence is issued for the operation of the radio-communication equipment installed on-board of any ships registered in Singapore.

Fees?

  • $100 for 5 years for each ship station

Where to apply?

Ship Sanitation Control Certificate

The NEA Port Health Office provides ship inspection services for the issuance of Ship Sanitation Certificates (SSC).

For ships berthed at the anchorage areas, the inspection schedule is from 7.00am to 7.00pm daily, inclusive of weekends & Public Holidays.

For ships berthed at the container terminals at Tanjong Pagar, Keppel, Brani, Pasir Panjang, Jurong Port and Sembawang, the inspection schedule is from 7.00am to 11.00pm daily, inclusive of weekends & Public Holidays.

Fees?

  • $215 for vessel not exceeding 75 gross tonnes
  • $245 for vessel exceeding 75 gross tonnes

Where to apply?

Permit to discharge/load/transit dangerous goods and dock vessels carrying such goods

If your arriving vessel is carrying any dangerous goods, petroleum or explosives or if you intend to discharge or load such items in the port, it is imperative to give prior notice of such arriving vessels and obtain permission to load or discharge such material from the Port Master.

The notification of arrival and application to discharge/load/transit must be made at least 12 hours ahead of the vessel’s arrival or loading/discharging activity, by submitting a duly completed notification form to the MPA’s Hazardous Cargo Section.

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