Government AffairsSingapore's change in regulators comes as demand for cruise holidays has rebounded strongly worldwide.

STB takes on regulatory role for cruise terminal operators

The Singapore Tourism Board will be able to regulate cruise terminal operators in the country.
The Singapore Tourism Board will be able to regulate cruise terminal operators in the country. Photo Credit: GettyImages/Pavel Muravev

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will soon take over the regulation of cruise terminal operators from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

The change in regulators, which was announced by Minister of State for Trade and Industry Alvin Tan during the Second Reading of the Singapore Tourism Board (Amendment) Bill in Parliament earlier this week, was made to empower STB to ensure high service standards and ensure optimal use of limited number of berths at the Singapore Cruise Centre and Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore.

Tan said the move will provide STB with the regulatory powers to align with Singapore's long-term vision of developing its cruise sector and staying a leading cruise hub in the region.

"As the cruise industry champion, STB is attuned to the industry trends," Tan explained in a LinkedIn post. "This Bill will enable STB to drive the development and regulation of our tourism sector more effectively, and make Singapore an attractive destination for all visitors."

With the amended law, STB will be able regulate berthing allocation, determine price charged by and monitor the service standards of the terminal operators, he explained.

STB will be able to conduct surveys and obtain financial and operational data from the cruise terminal licensees, and if needed, take swift enforcement action to directly manage the affairs, business and property of a cruise terminal licensee under extraordinary circumstances, such as if the operator becomes insolvent.

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