Thome’s commitment to upholding the highest standards when it comes to implementing safe crew changes around the world has been officially recognised after it becomes one of the first in the industry to have its repatriation processes and its Dusit Thani facility and Herald Suites – Solana in Manila accredited by the SG Star Fund Taskforce.
The Taskforce is a global tripartite organisation bringing together international partners from the industry, unions and government to facilitate safe crew changes. It is led by the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) with members from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Singapore Marime Officers Union (SMOU), Singapore Organisation of Seamen, IMEC, International Chamber of Shipping and the ITF all working to achieve its aims.
As a result of being accredited, the Thome Group and its crew bound for Singapore will be able to enjoy a number of privileges. These include:
- Submission of a crew change applicaon at least 7 days in advance, instead of the normal 14 days
- If a sign on crew undergoing the Crew Safe protocol is cancelled, the replacement crew will be allowed if he/she has been undergoing the Crew Safe protocol for the same required duraon
- In Singapore, the sign-on crew who had undergone the Crew Safe protocol may stay at the designated holding facility for up to 5 days, (instead of 3 days) if required
All non-accredited companies with crew bound for Singapore are subjected to full MPA requirements and will not be given concessions.
Congratulations to Thome Group for being one of the first in the industry to achieve this feat!