Port of Singapore moves foreign workers offshore

As part of Singapore’s efforts to contain the spread of covid-19, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has announced that it will house about 1,300 foreign workers in floating accommodation at Tanjong Pagar Terminal.

In a statement, MPA said that thirty-one workers have been moved onto the floating accommodation having undergone health checks including swab tests and screening for fever or respiratory symptoms. The workers have also been informed that round-the-clock medical assistance will be available.

To minimise interaction among workers, each room will accommodate only two to three occupants, with sufficient space among workers for safe distancing. All workers will undergo temperature checks twice a day. They may leave their rooms for at least an hour each day at staggered timings for scheduled activities on the open deck. In addition, meals will be delivered directly to their rooms.

Captain M Segar, assistant chief executive operations, MPA, commented: “By relocating healthy workers to the floating accommodations, we aim to provide a safe environment for them from the spread of covid-19. We recognise their efforts and contributions to Singapore, and will do our best to take care of their needs and well-being amid the covid-19 outbreak.”

Upon arrival, the foreign workers are issued care packs containing masks, thermometers, snacks and instant beverages. They have Wi-Fi access onboard and will each receive a SIM card for internet surfing and communication. They have been advised on a mobile remittance service. Each room is also provided with a kettle and a cleaning kit.

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