Notice To Boaters

COVID-19 Public Announcement

Singapore Economic Development Updated Advisory for the Marine & Offshore Sector issued 18 March 2021.

SafeEntry@Sea and COVID-19 Testing Requirements

Update: Port Marina Circular No. 9 of 2021 published 12 March 2021.

The latest Port Circular issued by MPA reads in part: Any shore-based personnel1 who is going on board a vessel2 in the port must produce proof that he/she has a valid COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken as part of the RRT programme before boarding the vessel. The test result must be within the last 14 days for shore-based personnel who are fully vaccinated3, and within the last 7 days for unvaccinated shore-based personnel. Details of the RRT programme are in Annex A.

Please refer to the Port Marine Circular in its entirety, for a full understanding.

We seek your cooperation in adhering to all the regulations as mandated by the authorities.

Additional clarifications that Raffles Marina has obtained:

Shore-based personnel boarding a pleasure craft is exempted from RRT/PCR/ART as long as there is no crew onboard—As there are no crew onboard, the risk of infection is very low. Hence, we will exempt the shore-based personnel from RRT/PCR/ART as long as there are no crew onboard the pleasure craft which they are boarding. The shore-based personnel is still required to comply with other measures listed in PMC 04 such as check-in/check-out using SafeEntry@Sea. Please note that the need for newly sign on crew to serve SHN onboard for 14 days, and for all crew to be onboard for 30 days before they are allowed to disembark will still apply.

Owners, occupiers, and managers of waterfront facilities are required to exercise their responsibilities with regard to PMC 04— Marinas, yacht club and sailing clubs should take all necessary actions to ensure compliance with PMC 04, including but not limited to: (i) informing all members of compliance with PMC 04; (ii) ensure persons entering the premise are aware of the need to declare if they fall under the definition of a shore-based personnel. Such persons are required to show proof of RRT/PCR/ART as required, and check-in/check-out using SafeEntry@Sea; (iii) ensure that the shore-based personnel does not show flu or fever-like symptoms. If they do, they must not be allowed to enter the premise, and they should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Crew working onboard the pleasure craft are exempted from RRT/PCR/ART requirement— this include any crew who are hired on a part-time basis.

Any person who boards pleasure craft to respond to emergencies are exempted from RRT/PCR/ART—During an emergency, persons boarding the pleasure craft are not required to take RRT/PCR/ART.

Doctors/medical staff boarding pleasure craft for medical consultation / swab test are exempted from RRT/PCR/ART requirement—They are still required to comply with other measures such as check-in/check-out using SafeEntry@Sea.

Owners/guests/family members/passengers are exempted from RRT/PCR/ART requirements—They are also not required to check-in/check-out using SafeEntry@Sea.

Shore-based personnel who recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are not required to show RRT/PCR/ART—The shore-based personnel is only required to show proof of (i) first positive COVID-19 PCR test result, and (ii) last negative COVID-19 result. The last 6 months is taken from the date of first COVID-19 PCR positive test result.

PLEASE REFRAIN FROM DIRECTLY ESCORTING ANY SHORE-BASED PERSONNEL ENGAGED TO CARRY OUT WORK ON YOUR BOAT, DIRECTLY ONTO YOUR BOAT. SUCH PERSONNEL MUST REPORT TO RM SECURITY BEFORE ENTERING THE LAGOON.

We will advise you of any further updates.

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PMC 47 of 2020 issued on 23 December 2020 regarding Revision to the Number of Persons Onboard Pleasure Craft in the Port of Singapore During Phase Three of Covid-19 Reopening.

PMC 37 of 2020 issued on 21 September 2020 regarding Revision to the Number of Persons Onboard Pleasure Craft in the Port of Singapore.

PMC 28 of 2020
issued on 18 June 2020 regarding Pleasure Craft Movements in the Port of Singapore During Phase Two of Post-Circuit Breaker.

Kindly refer to PMC 21 of 2020 issued on 7 April 2020 regarding Temporary Prohibition of Pleasure Craft Movement in the Port of Singapore.

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1. Access to Raffles Marina Boat Lagoon

In an effort to provide you with additional privacy and enhanced security, electronic gates have been installed along with a controlled entry system, providing for authorised persons only to access the pontoons. 

Boaters are given membership cards with exclusive access to and from the pontoons, for the duration of one’s pre-existing berthing agreement. You are required to carry your card with you at all times to gain access and allow exit, from the pontoon area. 

A limited number of "Visitors" access cards are available if you wish to register an additional crew member and provide them with access. Please contact the Dockmaster's Office at 6861 9000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for this. 

Should you require any further clarification, contact Membership Department at 6869 1839 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2. MPA Notice 

MPA has share the following information for your attention:

Live Firing Area - Port Marine Circular 15 0f 2006
New Port Limits - Port Marine Circular 09 of 2018
Reporting Procedures For Vessels Manoeuvring In Port - Port Marine Circular 10 of 2018 
Prohibited Anchoring In Western Singapore Port Limits - Port Marine Circular 11 of 2018
Reporting Procedures for Ships Transiting Western Singapore Port Limits - Port Marine Circular 03 of 2019

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call MPA’s Marine Safety Control Centre at 6325-2488/2489.

3. Enforcement of Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) Port Marine Circular (PMC) No. 16 of 2016 

Following recent briefing sessions on the above mentioned subject, MPA will be enforcing PMC No. 16 of 2016 effective Saturday, 1st September 2018.

PMC No. 16 of 2016 was issued on 18th November 2016 and it was stated in Annex A that all pleasure crafts leaving port must have a registry. However the requirements were not enforced by MPA.

In view of recent incidents and for safety purposes, MPA has decided to tighten the regulations and enforce the advisory.

All yachts departing Singapore waters are required to be registered (flagged). It is not necessary for yachts to be flagged with the Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS). She can also be flagged with other foreign registry such as Langkawi, Malaysia or Cook Islands.

Please note that SZ and SZH Licenses is not a certificate of nationality and therefore yachts with such licenses are required to be flagged before leaving port.

SZ and SZH Licenses are only for port waters operations and are not recognized by foreign authorities.

Owners who are interested in registering their yacht(s) with the SRS, following are some of the requirements:

1) Yachts must be 17 years old and below
2) LOA more than 7 meters
3) Yachts must have enclosed deck
4) No wooden hull
5) Yachts cannot carry more than 12 passengers
6) SZH licensed yachts are not allowed to be registered with SRS

For more information on flagging your yacht(s) with the SRS, you may email MPA’s Singapore Registry Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact them at +65 6375 6231.

Following are relevant links for your reference:

1) PMC No. 16 of 2016
2) List of Contacts for different Registration Offices
3) Application Form for SRS

4. Restriction on Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs)

For safety reasons, we will be implementing restrictions on Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs). PMDs including bicycles and scooters will no longer be permitted to be ridden on the pontoon fingers.

PMDs may be ridden, exercising due care and attention, on the land side including the breakwater, but RML accepts no liability for any incident of any sort involving these PMDs.

We advise that children using these PMDs only do so under supervision by their parents or guardians.