Coronavirus (COVID-19) Port / Country Implications


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COVID-19 Crew Change Implications

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The challenges our industry is facing in the wake of COVID-19 are complex and constantly changing, making crew logistics difficult to arrange in most ports. Our Crew Logistics hub have complied the above vital information to keep you informed as the situation continues to evolve.  For more information and assistance with crew changes, please contact us HERE.

COVID-19 Country / Port Implications 

Country

Albania

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes not allowed. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Cruise and Passenger vessels are not allowed.
Permittion to accommodate vessels in Albanian anchorage is suspended until further notice.
No CTM will be granted due to bank closures.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information

None


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Algeria

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Algerian borders are closed. All national and international flights are cancelled, hotels closed, crew changes are not possible 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Vessels coming from Italy might be detained at anchorage for 14 days prior to berthing.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No port closures due to COVID -19 vessels coming from Italy might be detained on anchorage for 14 days prior of berthing before vessel’s berthing. The health authorities board the vessel at anchor to check the crew. The launch boat used by the health authorities is for the account of the owners. At Djendjen port vessel disinfection is carried out before berthing and this is also for the account of the owners.

Other Information
None


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Argentina

All Ports
Update: 27/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Since  18 March 2020 Argentina Temporary Closured their Borders to the entrance of Foreigners from any country until 7 June 2020. There is also a temporary suspension of International flights coming from affected areas (European Union countries, the Schengen countries, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, South Korea, Japan, China and Iran). People who have arrived in Argentina during the last 14 days and have transited through any affected areas, will not be allowed to stay in Argentina unless they comply with the 14 days quarantine measures in force.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All vessels must present mandatory and complementary documents 72 hours before the arrival at RECALADA PILOT STATION. The vessels coming from any of the affected areas (Including Brazil and Chile) within the latest 14 days, must send copies of the Medical Record on Board (including latest body temperature from crew members and pax) to the health authority when requesting the Free Pratique, as per port authority communication. There will be NO EXCEPTION to this requirement. It is reminded that should there be any suspicious actual or potential case of disease that might endanger our population’s health conditions, the vessel will be quarantined.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No closure at this stage but there are delays for the Free Pratique.

Other Information

Travel Advisory:
Lockdown extended until 17th May;
All International flights banned for next 30days;


Related notices:
circular 17032020.pdf


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Angola

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Angolan Government in person of President João Lourenço decreed State of emergency as from 00:00 from March 27th for 15 days until April 11th International flights are cancelled however cargo flights are allowed. Crew change cannot be performed a the moment. All passenger flights has been suspended until further notice. All boarders closed for passenger traffic. Curfew in place until evaluation date 11.04.20.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Cargo vessels are still allowed upon clearance before berthing operations. - All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and maritime health declaration. - All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before boarding team will be allowed on board - Vessel will only be quarantined if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 14 Days

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Some delays expected due to clerance of vessels.

Other Information

None


Related notices:
Epidemia Coronavírus.pdf


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Aruba

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes allowed. For vessels in port, crew to remain on board. Airport is closed for non-essential arrivals.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

In addition to standard prearrival docs, an additional Marine Health Declaration form is to be submitted. Cruise calls are temporarily suspended. Cargo, repair-, bunker, load/discharge calls remain possible as normal. Off port attendance to remain as normal (exception: crew changes). All ports in Aruba are open as normal.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


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Australia

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Due to challenges obtaining approval from authorities, it is not recommended to arrange crew change in Australian ports until further notice.  

Travel restriction for all non-Australian citizens and non-residents 01 April 2020

As of 29 March 2020, the following restrictions are in place for the Australian Border:

  1. Non-Australian citizens and non-Australian residents are not permitted to enter Australia, via aircraft or sea vessel, unless an exemption applies.
  2. All Australian citizens and permanent residents are prohibited from departing Australia unless an exemption applies.
  3. All passengers arriving in Australia will be subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14-days at their first Australian destination unless an exemption applies.

The following arrangements are in place for maritime crew:

  • Maritime crew may enter and depart Australia.
  • Maritime crew are not subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine however, they will be required to comply with self-isolation requirements set out in this advice.
  • Maritime crew may be subject to additional state and territory controls.

Maritime crew includes any person required to be part of a crew operating a commercial vessel or an offshore installation (i.e. oil and gas) in Australian waters. This includes Australian and New Zealand Citizens, permanent residents, maritime crew visa holders and sub-class 400 (temporary specialist worker) visa holders.

This advice does not apply to crew on cruise ships.

Marine pilots are captured under the definition of maritime crew for purposes of travel to and from Australia by air.

To facilitate crew air travel, companies are requested to provide details of workers arriving in Australia by aircraft in advance.

Please find following media link https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-3 - for Media Statement (09 Apr 2020) Prime Minister – Update on Coronavirus Measures.

=== ABSTRACT FROM ATTACHED NOTICE === Updated quarantine arrangements for non-cruise maritime and air crew Australia’s skilled maritime workforce plays a unique and strategically important role in Australia’s supply chains. National Cabinet agreed that the Australian Government and all states and territories will implement a consistent and immediate exemption for non-cruise maritime crew to provide for the transiting to and from their places of work, within and across jurisdictions with agreed documentation. National Cabinet noted that states and territories may adopt additional protocols in consultation with industry that creates protection for crews on board vessels, and will put in place appropriate penalties for companies and individuals that are found to be in breach of the requirements of the exemption which will be reviewed on 1 June 2020. The Australian Border Force, in consultation with the Commonwealth Department of Health, will continue to manage the safe movement of maritime crew. Air crew play a vital role in maintaining a connection between Australia and other nations. National Cabinet agreed to implement the revised advice from the AHPPC in relation to air crew quarantine exemptions. As a result, air crew on international flights will be required to self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel if not in their local city) between flights or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Domestic air crew are exempt from self-isolation requirements except when a state or territory specifically prohibits entry.

Port Restrictions

As of 27th March, the Government has put in place additional measures relating to the operation of cruise ships in Australia.

  • The current restriction on international cruise ship entry into Australia will be extended for a further two months from the end of the current 30-day restriction to 15 June 2020
  • Any cruise ship capable of carrying more than 100 passengers will be prohibited from operating cruises in Australia; and
  • All non-Australian flagged cruise ships currently in Australia must depart Australian waters as soon is reasonably practicable, unless the Government has given permission for the ship to remain in Australia. Re-provision of essential supplies (fuel, food, supplies) to facilitate departure will be permitted.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Australian Border Force

Australian Border Force has issued the following and attached notice ‘Updated advice on cruise ships restrictions” on 21 May 2020.

UNQUOTE

Last week, the Governor-General extended the human biosecurity emergency period for an additional three months, from 17 June to 17 September 2020. The extension enables the Minister for Health to continue to exercise the emergency powers under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act to prevent or control the spread of COVID-19. 
 
On 20 May 2020, the Minister for Health extended the restrictions under the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements for Cruise Ships) Determination 2020 for the operation of cruise ships in Australia to 17 September 2020. 
 
Updated advice on the extension of the restrictions is attached.  Please direct any questions you have to TravPolSecretariat@abf.gov.au 
 
Thank you for your support and ongoing cooperation as we continue to implement Australia’s border restrictions in response to COVID-19.

UNQUOTE

Australian Government - Department of Health

•    Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia - current situation and case numbers (22 May 2020).
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

Other resources can be found at following link: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

Related Notices

20200521 - cho-directions-no31-commercial-vessels
Updated advice on cruise ships restrictions 21 May 2020
Fremantle Ports Harbour Master's Instruction 202003 (Crew Change Reporting Requirements)
ABF - Cruise Restrictions 27 March 2020
ABF -  Maritime Advice 01 April 2020


Northern Territory

Northern Territory – Chief Health Officer (22 May 2020)

Please find herewith below notice received from Shipping Australia Limited and attached ‘cho-drections-no31-commercial-vessels’ issued by Northern Territory Government – Chief Health Officer.

QUOTE

Shipping companies may now find it easier to change over crews in the Northern Territory following the issue of the “Commercial Vessels – Crew Directions” by the Territory’s Chief Health Officer on 21 May 2020.

On- and off-signing crew members can largely go straight to ships or airports upon arrival in the Northern Territory and can leave by sea or air without having to go into a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Crew will, however, have to quarantine themselves in a hotel if their ship / flight is not immediately available but they can leave the hotel to join the ship when it arrives or to go to the airport to leave the Territory.  

NOTE: there is a potential trap for the unwary seafarer who leaves a ship at a place outside of the Territory and who then travels to the Territory intending to join a ship there. In those circumstances, the seafarer would be required to quarantine for 14 days. For instance, a crew member who leaves a ship in Melbourne and flies to Darwin intending to join a ship in Darwin would have to stay in quarantine for 14 days. See regulation 18 of the Commercial Vessels - Crew Directions.

Crew members must practice social distancing and wear personal protective equipment during their transit through the Territory. 

Crewmembers must declare:

•    The details of where he/she has been during the previous 30 days prior to entry
•    Contact details
•    Details of accommodation while in the Territory
•    Social distancing and quarantine measures while in the Territory.

Crewmembers will also need to provide documentary evidence of:
•    the time that has elapsed since leaving an overseas port
•    status as a seafarer (letters, maritime security cards and the like)
•    where the crew member expects to join a vessel 
The “Commercial Vessels – Crew Directions” do not apply to cruise ships. 

UNQUOTE


New South Wales

Crew Changes

New South Wales – Public Health (28 Mar 2020)

All crew regardless of visa status, self-isolation status or time at sea are ‘RESTRICTED ON BOARD’ of their respective vessels in all NSW ports, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Via ship: Can only leave the vessel to perform essential ship functions and must not move further than 13 meters from edge of wharf/ships hull. 

Via air 14 days directed quarantine

NSW Police and Australian Border Force are conducting joint agency operations to ensure compliance of the above direction.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

NSW Government – Exemption under the Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order 2020 [NSW] (08 April 2020) Please find attached notice ‘Exemption under the Public Health (COVID 19 Maritime Quarantine) Order 2020’ issued on 08 April, by Minister for Health and Medical Research.

=== ABSTRACT FROM ATTACHED NOTICE ===
2) The following persons are exempt from clause 5(1) of the Order:
a. a person who is required to board the vessel to carry out repair work and/or maintenance of the vessel;
b. a ship agent or ship classification surveyor;
c. a member of staff of the Terminal who is required to board the vessel to undertake ship to shore requirements;
d. Australian Maritime Safety Authority inspectors;
e. a person who is required to board the vessel to undertake insurance functions or a cargo surveyor but only if Commissioner of Police has approved the person to board the vessel;
f. a union official who the Commissioner of Police has approved to board the vessel; and g. another person but only if the Commissioner of Police has approved the person boarding the vessel.
=== END OF ABSTRACT ===

Please find attached notice ‘LINX Port Services Customer Update – COVID 19 Business Continuity Plan – Port Kembla’ issued to us on 07 April, by LINX Port Services in regards to Business Continuity Plan.
 

Related Notices
ABF Maritime Advice re border restrictions 010420
NSW - Maritime Quarantine Exemption 080420
LINX Port Services

Covid 19 Update # 7
NSW Maritime Order Signed 280320


Queensland

Crew Changes

Queensland border restrictions commence midnight Wednesday 25 March 2020. The border restrictions have been finalised by the State Disaster Coordination Group.

Vessels entering Queensland from interstate by sea, not deemed essential, will be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon entry. Self-isolation will include registering with Queensland Health. Further information about self-isolation is on the Queensland Health website.

Movement restrictions also apply within parts of Queensland, specifically restriction of movement into remote Queensland communities. MSQ is finalising necessary exemptions for essential personnel, such as marine pilots and other maritime industry personnel essential to the continued movement of freight and trade, to ensure there is no adverse impact to shipping that requires compulsory pilotage into regional ports as well as through areas such as the Torres Strait.

Recreational vessels planning to depart from southern states, who do not have the capability to self-isolate for 14 days onboard, are encouraged to remain in their present location if safe.

Port Restrictions

Maritime Safety Queensland - Department of Transport and Main Roads (08 May 2020)

Please kindly note following from MSQ General Manager update:

QUOTE
I am satisfied that the numbers of new cases occurring in all countries within 14 days voyage of Australia, as reported daily to the World Health Organisation, are such that the ‘exceptional circumstances’ justifying the continuation of a direction applying to ships or crew from China or South Korea (that differs from that applying to ships and crew from other places outside Australia) no longer exist.  As such, I have repealed the current General Manager Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) Direction (issued 5 March) that applied to vessels and crew arriving from or transiting through China and South Korea. This will take effect from 23:59 Friday 8 May 2020.
UNQUOTE

This now means that ships arriving to Brisbane and Townsville from China and South Korea will no longer be subject to 14 days exclusion from taking pilot as of 23:59 Friday 8 May 2020.

Townsville

Given the Port of Townsville's trade profile is similar to that of the Port of Brisbane, to maximise efficiencies for the maritime industry and expedite administrative arrangements, pursuant to the direction issued 18 March 2020, I intend to now align vessels into the Port of Townsville with that of the Port of Brisbane. This will allow all vessels (excepting from China and South Korea at this point) to be received within 14-days of last international port, provided there is compliance with the Federal Directives, as is the case in Port of Brisbane. Additional amendments proposed Furthermore, time-based restrictions currently still apply to receiving vessels that have departed from China and South Korea into all QLD ports. Noting the varying levels of success these two countries have had in halting the spread of COVID-19, particularly with respect to shipping measures, MSQ will look at the evidence available to lift this country specific measure into the Ports of Brisbane and Townsville over the coming week.


Western Australia 

Crew Changes 

Via Air
Crew may disembark from an aircraft and travel directly to a crew hotel to isolate for 14 days after which must travel directly to the vessel to join as crew. (para 5)

Via Sea
Must self-quarantine at home for 14 days. Time at sea can be counted within the 14 days provided no one came on the vessel from when it left its last port.

Crew arriving by vessel and departing WA by air can do so provided they travel directly to the airport; if the flight is more than 24 hours away they can go to a hotel to wait.

No “shore leave” – if someone does go into the community they will need to serve 14 days quarantine.

Crew are permitted to disembark the vessel to conduct ship related activities near the ship (i.e. read drafts, connect water, cargo assessments etc) 

If one of your crew members needs an amendment or an alteration due to unforeseen circumstance please contact SOCC COVID19 on email SOCC.COVID19@police.wa.gov.au

If a crew member needs medical assistance Non-Urgent please contact COVID-19 WAPOL Health Liaison COVID19.WAPOL.Health.LIAISON@police.wa.gov.au

Port Restrictions

Following a meeting with WA Police we have been advised that all vessels wishing to arrive in the Kimberley will be required to apply for entry into the Designated Biosecurity Area. This includes those vessels conducting commercial operations – excluding offshore terminals. The Designated Biosecurity Area encompasses the four local government areas of the Kimberley, includes the Rowley Shoals and extends several kilometres off the mainland. Captains of vessels, crew and individuals will be required to make an application to enter the Designated Biosecurity Area and should not enter the area without prior approval. For entry into the Biosecurity Designated Area, please fill out the form in the link below: https://www.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/2020-04/Entry%20into%20Designated%20Biosecurity%20Areas%20-%20Form.pdf

Related Notices
Western Australian COVID-19 Pandemic Restricted Entry into Designated Regional Areas
Western Australian Self-Quarantine Transiting Direction Information for Marine Crew

Requirements for Persons
KPA Broome Marine Notice #202005 (Vessel Reporting Requirements)
WA Health advice self-quarantine  04 March 2020
PORT OF PORT HEDLAND MARINE SAFETY BULLETIN - 08 APRIL 2020.pdf


South Australia 

Crew Changes 

FPH has restricted crew to their individual ships. No shore leave is to be granted unless exceptional circumstances such as a medical emergency warrant such an exemption.

Ship’s crew will be permitted to come onto the wharf to perform their normal functions but will be restricted to the vessel and the working quay line adjacent to the vessel. If a crew member is required to disembark for critical vessel duties alongside, then they may do so but are required to practice good hand hygiene, wear protective gear and minimise their contact with port staff. At a minimum, protective gear should include a face mask, glasses and gloves.

FPH requires all crew arriving from international destinations to have completed a 14 day self-isolation period in line with the Australian Government self-isolation requirements. Exceptions to these restrictions will only be applied by the Australian Border Force in exceptional circumstances.

Related Notices
South Australia - FAQ - 25 MAR 20 

Other Information

Australian Government - Department of Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia - current situation and case numbers (30Mar 2020).
https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

Other resources can be found at following link: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-resources

Australian Border Force has issued the following notice on 30 Mar 2020 relating to export control on goods essential to controlling and preventing the spread of COVID-19 

Related Notices
Australian Customs Notice  2020 15 - Export 


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Bahamas

All Ports
Update: 13/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

The Bahamas borders remains close under emergency orders by the Prime Minister until May 30th. There are no crew changes under no circumstances.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port Restrictions are in place for all passenger vessels. Cargo ports remain open with no restrictions. However crew are not allowed on shore.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

All ports open and working as normal with exception of cruise terminals.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None


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Bahrain

All Ports
Update: 17/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew Change is not permitted & Shore leave not permitted Guidelines for Travel: 1. Visitors and airline crew who have transited through or have been in China (People's Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Singapore or Thailand in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Bahrain. 2. This does not apply to nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirate. Nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates who have transited through or have been in China (People's Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand in the past 14 days, are required to undergo medical examination upon arrival and may be quarantined for a period not exceeding 14 days. 3. Residents of Bahrain who have transited through or have been in China (People's Rep.), Hong Kong (SAR China), Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand in the past 14 days, are required to undergo medical examination upon arrival and may be quarantined for a period not exceeding 14 days.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Guidelines for Vessels Arriving Bahrain ports: This is to inform you that with immediate effect, no vessel will be granted entry to Bahrain territorial water unless the below completed documents are fully received 72 hours prior to vessel arrival: • Ship Pre arrival notification • International Ship Registration Certificate • Crew list • Last 10 ports of visit • Marine declaration form (to be filled out and singed by the ship Master) • Health Declaration form (to be filled out by all incoming vessels, crew or passengers from infected countries or passing through any of the infected countries as per WHO guidelines within the last 14 days) Please note that failure for submitting the above-mentioned documents 72 hours prior to vessel arrival will delay vessel berthing and respected shipping agents will holds full responsibility in this respect (all Vessels, Tugs and Barges without any exemptions). - Cruise ships calls are stopped from 26th Feb till 2 weeks after, Email received from Location and no official notification received so far. - Instruction received from the Ministry of Maritime to stop allowing cruise ship to call Bahraini ports from 26th March to until further notice."

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Nil closures or delays, any vessel must standby 14days (outer anchorage)after sailed from the last port in order to berth the vessel.

Other Information

None


Related notices:
Bahrain_Covid-19 Circular_26 Feb 2020
Bahrain_MOH-Maritime Health Decleration Form
Bahrain_Port Health Circular (01-2020) 


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Bangladesh

All Ports
Update: 18/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Both sign on/ off is permissive. However crew with a valid visa must show a medical certificate (with English translation) obtained within 72 hours of travel. The medical certificate must be submitted upon arrival and must indicate that the passenger does not have any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19). If the test shows positive they will not be allowed to enter the country. Crew after clearance at the immigration have to travel directly from the airport to the ship and they cannot stay anywhere else in the country.
Also Crew can sign off provided that upon signing off, they are tested in government designated quarantine facility upon disembarkation. If they test negative, they will be given clearance by immigration and allowed to transit and return to their country. If not they will be quarantined at a government designated quarantine facility for 14 days. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Demolition Vessels are quarantined for 14 days to stay at anchorage.  Currently several vessels are quarantied at anchorage  

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information

The lockdown (nationwide curfew) is extended until the 16th of May, however shipping operations, crew sign-on sign-off are among other essential activities, are exempt from this lockdown. 


Related Documents:
Special Health & Medical Declaration

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Barbados

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Crew changes are allowed under the conditions that embarking/disembarking crew is done the same day. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No
 

 

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Belgium

All Ports
Update: 25/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew change in Belgian ports remains difficult and is not at every terminal allowed, this needs to be discussed with terminal in advance as sometimes not via shore but only permitted by launch. As from 18/05/20 at 07.00 hrs Immigration Authority will provide exit visa for off-signing crew not holding valid visa if at least flight has been confirmed by airline. Maximum one passenger + driver allowed per taxi trip.  Crew change Taskforce confirmed it should focus on three separate but interconnected issues:

  1. Establishing accepted protocols –  that could be recommended to Governments by IMO, ICAO and WHO – to allow crew changes to take place.
  2. Exploring possible solutions (and their implications) to the question of providing flights for crew changes should normal commercial flights not have been re-established, including the identification of major airports via which crew changes could initially take place.
  3. Maintaining political pressure on governments to facilitate crew changes.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Belgian ports remain fully operational. Absenteeism in the nautical chain and in the ports is even lower compared to the same period last year. Cruise calls are not allowed till further notice.
  • Focus of the Covid-19 taskforce is to closely follow up every step in the exit strategy and make sure the new guidelines are as simple and clear as possible. In this respect we are in close contact with all relevant Belgian regional and federal authorities.
  • The many global export restrictions seem to be stabilizing. All partners within the port area are prepared for a quick revamp of the economy, and sufficient capacity to cope with a sudden peak has been built up.
  • From a mobility perspective, the focus on intermodal solutions remains. The demand for storage capacity in the hinterland seems to be stabilizing.
  • The FAVV (Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain) and Customs Authorities are investigating how to keep the recently digitized process


Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No closure of any Belgian port.  Over carriage of river / sea pilots to foreign ports is not allowed anymore.  In connection with the outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the following measures are taken  and issued. Under International law, all ships are required to submit a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) - both incoming and outgoing.  In Belgium,  Saniport is the competent health authority for follow up of this obligation. All incoming ships must present a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH), wherein the Captain is obliged to indicate, 24 hours before sailing, whether there are sick or suspected  ill persons on board.  The Captain must also submit a list of the last ten ports the ship has called. Depending on the destination port, the health situation on the ship will be screened  by a government-appointed competent health authority. All outgoing ships must also present a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) if the health situation on board has changed during the port visit compared to the situation when sailing.

Other Information

Recommendation to limit boarding to absolute minimum and by use of gangway desk, this communicated with Principal and Master.  If boarding needed operators to wear protection mask, gloves and use handgel prior and after visit, respecting social distancing of minimum 1,5 x meter.

  • The port of Antwerp is currently fully operational (thanks to the efforts of all dedicated employees). Port of Antwerp remains a consistent factor in the supply of Belgium and Europe.
  • There is still sufficient manpower available to cover all steps in the supply chain. All necessary measures and instructions are being implemented to continue safe operations. 
  • The nautical chain is stable, in most segments there hasn’t been a decrease in the number of calls.
  • At present, connectivity with the hinterland hasn’t been impacted. Road, barge and rail capacity and offering are unchanged.
  • Economic impact: 
    • the consumer behaviour in Europe is changing, resulting in a need for additional storage capacity. 
    • a boost in export cargo is noticed. Thanks to the anticipation of the carriers, port of Antwerp is able to cope with this increase.  
    • All industry and production factories restarted their activities as from 4th of May, but telework remains the norm.
  • The taskforce defined various action points: 
    • a second ACC (Antwerp Coordination Center) has been setup as back up and to assure business continuity of the nautical chain.
    • a combined search for additional storage capacity has been initiated.

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Benin

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All passenger flights suspended so crew change is not possible. All cruise vessels suspended.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and maritime health declaration.

All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before inward pilot embark the vessel in case they are arrive from a affected country. Otherwise vessel to be screened alongside Vessel will only be quarantined at anchorage if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 14 days.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before inward pilot embark the vessel.    

Other Information

None.


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Bonaire

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes allowed. For vessels in port, crew to remain on board. Airport is closed for non-essential arrivals.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

In addition to standard prearrival docs, an additional Marine Health Declaration form is to be submitted. Cruise calls are temporarily suspended. Cargo-, repair-, bunker-, load/discharge calls remain possible as normal. Off port attendance to remain as normal (exception: crew changes). All ports in Bonaire are open as normal.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


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Brazil

All Ports
Update: 25/05/2020

Crew Changes:
Restrictions: Yes

The Ministerial ordinance nbr 137 issued 30/March/2020 was canceled and a new one issued on April 28th extending for additional 30 days exceptionally restriction of arrival of all foreigners at Brasil by airplane. The new Ministerial Ordinance nbr 203 does not allow all foreigners to enter at Brazil, excluding those with Brazilian Residence Permit, in connections at airports - but cannot leave the connection area, holding National Migratory Register, among others few exceptions not applied for crewmembers holding seamen books for example. In case this instruction is not followed there will be civil, administrative and criminal penalties to the part responsible Land borders are closed. Health Authorities (ANVISA) basis on technical note 47 is authorizing cargo ships to berth and operate thru Free Pratique if the disembarkation of crewmembers were at least 14 days prior arrival at first Brazilian port and there is no registration of any medical issue (in good health condition). Covid19 suspected cases, Free Pratique will be issued on board only (vessel must be berthed as Health Authorities do not board vessels at anchor). Any suspected case informed while vessel is at port, disembarkation of crewmembers will be authorized as from 14 days after last case symptoms started. Any suspected case reported while ship is at port, vessel will not be authorized to departure and will be evaluated if operations will be authorized.

Health authorities are also requesting that the contact between crewmembers and Brazilian port area workers is minimum as possible which is being followed by several ports that is not authorizing crewmembers to go ashore. Also some private Terminals are not authorizing visitors. Embarkation/disembarkation of anyone that will perform indispensable service on board (like mooring masters, surveyors) still being authorized case by case and always depending on Vessel´s Maritime Health Declaration evaluation. April 24th, 20 was issued the Ministerial Ordinance nbr 201, valid for 30 days, the disembarkation of foreigners (all nationalities) on board of ships will be restricted and exceptionally authorized only for medical reason and for those with direct flight to the country of origin. In case this instruction is not followed there will be civil, administrative and criminal penalties to the part responsible for the disembarkation. It has been implemented additional process to get authorization for disembark foreigner crewmembers, it is now necessary to request to Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE) authorization and only after Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE) authorization that the process will be submitted to Health Authorities (ANVISA).

It is the company responsible (Owner) for the stay and monitoring from abroad, organize the repatriation operation, solving questions related to flights, dates and times. The process will be sent to Ministry of Foreign Affairs - MRE (Secretariat for National Sovereignty and Citizenship Affairs - Tel: + 5561-2030-8733, e-mail sasc@itamaraty.gov.br) . The official reply from MRE on the possibility of repatriation will be forwarded to Anvisa's International Affairs Advisory (AINTE / Anvisa) through the electronic mail rel@anvisa.gov.br. The authorization for the repatriation operation, issued by the MRE, must contain, at least, the following information: location of foreigners (with the name of the vessel and its berth or the name of the hotel where they remain in quarantine and their location), number of foreigners which will be repatriated and the date of the repatriation operation. The responsible company must also present more detailed information, signaling the airport of departure for the repatriation flight (s), with hourly breaks.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

No new cruise ships calls will be accepted until the Plan of Response to the Public Health Emergencies (ESPIN) is in force. 
CLIA is working before local authorities to get authorization for  “humanitarian” calls for some cruise lines not authorized to call at other South American ports.
Free Pratique is being granted basis on detailed Medical Log Book checking. If there are suspicious cases  Free Pratique will issued only  on board after inspection (at Brazil Health Authorities board ships only bethed,  no anchorage boarding is authorized). If case confirmed 14 days Quarantine will be compulsory.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No ports are currently closed due to COVID-19.

Other Information

Sao Paulo State, the biggest financial center in Brazil, where is located  one of the most important port at Brazil - Santos - extended up to May 31st, 2020 the period of  quarantine. Only essential services will be available like supermarkets, hospitals, gas station, cargo transpotation among other important services.  Main Brazilian Cities like Rio de Janeiro, Recife and Fortaleza, did not declare yet quarantine but are imposing lot of restrictions on public transportations that is affecting mobilization of people. Shops be closed and only essential services available jeopardizing possible services to be handled like delivery of fresh provisions and spare parts, waste off load among others.   São Luis City, Maranhão State, whre is located Ponta da Madeira Terminal - one of the most important iron ore terminal of Brazil, extended the period of  lockdown regulation upto May 17th while only essencial services will be authorized and also the essencial transit of cars and people in the metropolitan area will be authorized. As from May 18, 2020 Governor shall announce strict rules for the social isolation. Shipping Agent is considered essencial service and there were no impact to the operations.  Belem city (Para State, where is located Belem and Mirama Ports)  extended the lockdown upto May 24, 2020.


Related notices:
ANVISA GUIDELINES
BRAZILIAN HEALTH AUTHORITY TECHNICAL NOTE Nº 8 - CORONA VIRUS
BRAZMAR-CIRCULAR-ANVISA-coronavirus-update
CLIA Statement on Coronavirus_2Mar
Coronavírus 03_02_2020
Cruise Industry COVID-19 Policy FAQs-Mar
Declaração da CLIA sobre o coronavírus - 07.02.2020
Perguntas Frequentes sobre o Coronavirus - 07.02.2020
Sample Travelers Health Declaration Covid19
Sanitary Inspection Brazilian Health Authority
SEI_ANVISA - 0902100 - Nota Técnica 10 02 20


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Brunei

All Ports
Update: 24/04/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

  • Crew Change and Medivac is currently on case-by-case basis and application process with authority is now complex and time consuming with no guarantee and should be avoided unless there is a serious and necessary reason.
  • Due to mandate on 24th March 2020, crew change or foreign surveyors services for off-hire bunker survey, etc are not allowed and suspended until further notice. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Effective 20 Feb 2020: Any vessels departing from the provinces of Hubei, Zhejiang and Jiangsu within 14 days before arriving Brunei Darussalam are prohibited to enter Brunei Waters.
  • Effective 20 Feb 2020: Any vessels arriving from the Republic of China except from the above stated provinces are permitted to enter. However, the crew of the ship is not allowed to go onshore if the voyage period is less than 14 days after departing from the Republic of China.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

  • Terminal Status: Operational (As Normal)
  • Stevedore: Operational (As Normal)

Other Information

  • All ship crew must practice all safety measures necessary on board to prevent any possibility of viral transmission.
  • While at Berth, all ship crew are not permitted to disembark onto jetty and wharfs.
  • Crew Change and Medivac is currently on case-by-case basis and application process with authority is now complex and time consuming with no guarantee (AND should be avoided unless there is a serious and necessary reason).

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Cameroon

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All passenger flights has been suspended since 18.03.20 and minimum 15 days ahead. No crew changes will be allowed. NOTE; All passerngers flights suspended until further notice to Chad and CAR Note that the newest letter concerning measurements are the one counting from Kribi. Note regulations change rapidly so updates related to inward clearance suggested case by case.

No longer 14 days quarantine upon arrival. All passenger flights has been suspended since 18.03.20 till 01.05.2020. No crew changes will be allowed. All boarders closed for passenger traffic. Only cargo traffic possible. Supermarkets, restaurants etc. close at 1800 hrs lt. however no curfew in place.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and health maritime declaration. Vessels will be cleared at anchorage by health before receiving green light to proceed with usual inward clearance alongside Vessels are subject to a 14 days quarantine period when coming from countries with confirmed cases which start from date of departure of the port in question.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Delays are expected especially to vessels coming from countries affected with virus.

Other Information

None


Related Notices:
10 CAMEROON CIRCULAR 1
10 CAMEROON CURULAR 2
Corona virus procedures - DOUALA
SITREP_COVID-19_WHOAFRO_20200311-eng


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Canada

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes:
Canada is allowing crew changes as they are deemed necessary to commerce in both countries. Crew must have in US a valid C1/D1 for commercial crew or a valid B1/B2 for private air and see crew. In Canada required crew visas are also required.

The Government of Canada, issued the below notice: ship crews are deemed as ESSENTIAL service and crew travelling TO Canada, to join the vessel(s) are EXEMPTED form travel ban. 
Please refer to for "Marine Crew" below.

The governments of Canada and USA agreed to CLOSE longest undefended border in the world. However, commerce and essential traffic will be crossing international border unimpeded.

Port Restrictions:
No restrictions. 

Closures & Delays
None

Other Information:
Travel ban into Canada is in place. Only essential services (note, CREW is part of essential personnel required to continue with traffic of goods) are allowed into Canada. Border with USA is ALSO closed to non essential traffic.


HALIFAX & MONTREAL

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes are permitted throughout Canada - Subject to local Customs house individual approvals - This barring any illness or any Flu Like symptoms. Borders are closed to non-essential travel - This includes all Airlines and airports as well. (are crew changes permitted? - Yes / are boarders open? - No / are any airports closed? - No, but number of flights are reduced) this SSB outlines that foreign seafarers within the meaning of section 2 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, who have to board an international flight destined to Canada to work on a ship are exempt from these travel restrictions. The SSB also confirmed that Transport Canada Aviation Security has disseminated this information to all aviation airline carriers.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All Cruise liners with more that 500 PAX are banned from ANY East Coast Canada Ports. All Passenger Cruise vessels are banned from any/all Arctic Ports until the end of the summer. This remains to be clarified as the Actual cruise season for the Arctic ends mid October. Free Pratique is no longer granted in Canada. No health certificates are required, just crew list and last Port(s) of call. Technical calls are still allowed. Shore leave is generally permitted, depending on Terminal) N precautionary testing availabe. Social distancing is MANDATED. Medical assistance available ONLY in urgent cases.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Attached (8) you will find:
• The form that needs to be filled by everyone on board o Coronavirus form CREW o Coronavirus form PASSENGER
• A Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) information pamphlet for distribution to the crew
• Four different examples of filled forms for the following scenarios: o foreign crew member o Canadian crew member o foreign passenger o Canadian passenger
• E311 form in fillable PDF format (only for Canadian on board)

In addition to the regular arrival documents we will now require:
• A completed coronavirus form for each person on board
• Completed E311 form for each Canadian on board
• A written statement from captain regarding the answer from everyone onboard to the following question: “Do you currently have a couch, difficulty breathing, or feel you have a fever?” Once everyone on board has filled the required documents, please send it all back, with Captain statement, as soon as possible to que_montreal_smf@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.
Once received, we will clear the vessel. If you have any questions, please contact us at 514-283-7449 between 8am and 4pm from Monday to Friday (new office hours until further notice). In case of emergency outside of our operating hours, you can call our duty officer at 514-261-8311.
 

VANCOUVER

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

No restrictions. Pilotage: due to reduced frequency of flights by ‘regular’ airlines, pilot availability at remote ports (including PRINCE RUPERT) may be questionable. Longer notice/extra time shall be allocated for timely arrivals and departures of vessels. Pilotage authority is engaging charter flights/helicopters. 2 new attachmnets for crew and mitigation of COVID-19 in Vancouver, BC.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

As of 13 April, Cruise ships with more than 12 passengers on board are prohibited, in addition to restriction of max capacity of 500 passengers (and crew).

Delays & Closures
No closures or delays

No closures. Delays to be expected with car carriers (large number of longshoremen need to be split in max 50 persons at once). Pilotage: due to reduced frequency of flights by ‘regular’ airlines, pilot availability at REMOTE ports (including PRINCE RUPERT) may be questionable. Longer notice/extra time shall be allocated for timely arrivals and departures of vessels. Pilotage authority is engaging charter flights/helicopters. 

Other Information

None        

Related notices:
Mobility of Asymptomatic Workers
Passenger Vessels and Ferries COVID-19 Prevention
E311 Declaration Card
Passenger Coronavirus Form
Crew Coronavirus Form
Public Health Authorities 

Marine Crew Deemed Essential
20-Eastern Canada HEALTH_REPORTING_SHIPS_17X11_EN_acc
2020 03 15 Opening of Commercial Navigation 2020 under COVID St Lawrence Seaway
Transport Canada 20-AA-35-HEALTH REPORTING SHIPS 17X11_EN


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Cape Verde

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes allowed or possible. No passengers or crew can disembark and on top borders are closed so no flights available.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

No cruise vessel's allowed with pax. 

Vessels are being isolated. All cargo operations are done normally but no contact is allowed between crews and stevedoring. Authorities are not visiting vessels – all paperwork is done electronically.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None


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Cambodia

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Government issued a restriction to suspend visa exemption policy, tourist visa, e-visa and visa on arrival starting from 1-Apr. Foreigners wishing to enter Cambodia must have a prior visa issued by Cambodian mission abroad and medical certificate issued no longer than 72hrs before travelling to Cambodia, certifying that the person is not Covid-19 positive. The individual must also prove to have insurance policy coverage of not less than USD50,000 during intended stay in Cambodia. In addition, all foreigners and repatriates will be subject to health risk assessment by competent government officials and be quaratined for 14 days.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

All ports operate as usual.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port working normal without any delay/closure

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No


Related notices
Suspend Entry Permit for Cruise Ship to Cambodia


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Chile

All Ports
Update: 27/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Majority of all ports are arranging sanitization of trucks before gate in to terminals. Health Authoprity established a HEALTH BORDER or HEALH CHECK POINT that impose specific procedures to review health condition of all crew members on board before inward clearance is carried out. Heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Pilot will be authorized to go on board after HEALTH CUSTOM revisions is carried out. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. NO crew changes permitted: Boarders closed. Country in State of Health Catastrophe and Curfews daily from 22:00 houts till 05:00 hours. Airports Open for Domestic Flights and Few International Flights. Quarantine of 14 days imposed to ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru that must demonstrate that crew members has been healthy on board of the ship at least 14 days prior to arrival to any Chilean Port.  Screening requirements in place during inward formalities of any kind of ship. Debark or shore permissions to crew members are prohibitted. Port Strike annoucements released on March 25th so far, did not have any effect nor interrumpted operational continuity across all Chilean port which are working normally till today. Over all situation is in calm, excluding only Lirquen in VIII Region which is stopped since 30/March - 15:30 hours onwards.

Port Restrictions

Restrictions: Yes

All CHILEAN Port are open to any cargo ships. Strikers announcements in public state owned ports commisioned to ITI in IQUIQUE. ATI in ANTOFAGASTA, STI in San Antonio, SVTI in San Vicente and PDC in Coronel has been withdrawn. All cargo flows moves normally. Excluding cruise ships only, all kind of vessels are being attended normally with some exception in few ports that stops during curfew times. No restrictions to attend Container ships, Dry Bulk Carriers, Tanker Ships, Chemical Ships, General Cargo Ships, Car Carriers, Scientific Ships, and Fishing Boats Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru that must demonstrate that crew members has been healthy on board of the ship at least 14 days prior to arrival to San Antonio. Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay. 

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: Yes
Expect Delays: Yes

Port Closures may happen only by time to time due to swells warnings and bad weather. Threaths of strikes announced by CHILE's PORT WORKING UNIONS demanding improvements in security conditions to protect to their workers and stevedores from any contagious of COVID 19 disease when working at ports, has been properly managed by Port and Terminals by providing special security measures such us but not limited to: Temperature Check, Delivery of PPE (gloves and masks), Availability of Alcohol Gel dispensers in different locations within the terminals.

Other Information
Useful links:

  • https://www.gob.cl/coronavirus/
  • https://www.minsal.cl/nuevo-coronavirus-2019-ncov/material-de-descarga/

PUNTA ARENAS

Crew Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. Crew changes permitted case by case and subject to origin and destion of the travellers. Borders to Argentina thru Natales and Monte Aimond are closed. Puerto Williams and Navarino Island are in Quarantine (all closed). Punta Arenas airport working normally for domestic flights only. Quarantine requirements only for cruse ships (14 days). For arrival guests full screening with termometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operatin partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail,  Affidativt with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. 

No specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru among others (mandatory quarantine for crew members counted from departure from the last port call in those countries). Technical calls allowed. 

Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. 
Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. 

Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay. 
Magellan transits are authorized with embarking in Posesion and Felix points as required for long - short passages. 

Closures & Delays
Punta Arenas Port Terminals are working normally. Curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours. Terminals are operating during following hours: EPA Austral (PRAT and MARDONES pier): 24 hours continuosly, ENAP Gregorio: closed by COVID 19, ENAP Cabo NegroÑ working during office hours only from 08:00 horus till 20: 00 hours only. Puerto Natales full operational 24x7. Puerto Williams: CLOSED.

Other Information
Curfew orders to restrict peoples moves are in place daily from 22:00 hours til 05:00 hours.


PUERTO MONTT

Crew Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes forbidden.

Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. Crew changes forbidden. All borders with Argentina are closed. Chiloe Island is Quarantine (all ports ANCUD, CASTRO and QUELLON are closed). Puerto Montt airport working normally for domestic flights only. For arrival travellers full screening with thermometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operatin partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru among others (mandatory quarantine for crew members counted from departure from the last port call in those countries). Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay. Magellan pilot cannot debark nor embark neither in Ancud or Laitek Pilot Stations.

Closures & Delays
Puerto Montt Port Terminals (EMPORMONTT and OXXEAN) are working normally, despide curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours. Corral Terminal for woodships carrier is working normally exlcluding night shifts due to curfews. Puerto Chacabuco Port, working normally.

Other Information
Curfew orders to restrict peoples moves are in place daily from 22:00 hours til 05:00 hours.


TALCAHUANO-SAN VICENTE- CORONEL

Crew Changes
Restrictions

Crew changes forbidden.

Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. 

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. No specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru among others (mandatory quarantine for crew members counted from departure from the last port call in those countries). Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay.

Closures & Delays
Delays expected for CORONEL port due to the closure of neightbour city of San Pedro de la Paz which reported several cases in the city that force the authority to block sorrounding areas. Following Terminals are not working at night times due to curfew orders: Lirquen and Coronel Ports. Rest of terminals in the region, Penco, Talcahuano (TTP), San Vicente (SVTI), CAP, and ENAP working 24x7 despide curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours.

Other Information
Curfew orders to restrict peoples moves are in place daily from 22:00 hours til 05:00
 
SAN ANTONIO

Crew Changes
Restrictions

Crew changes forbidden.
Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. Crew changes forbidden. Restrictions in normal transit of travellers coming from Santiago (random inspections of police to restrict transit of local people of San Antonio City only and to allow citizens that are engaged in working duties such truck or bus drivers). For arrival travellers full screening with termometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operating partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru that must demonstrate that crew members has been healthy on board of the ship at least 14 days prior to arrival to San Antonio. Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay.

Closures & Delays
Despite curfew orders at night times (22:00 till 05:00 hours), ALL terminals in San Antonio (Panul, DPW San Antonio and STI Terminal), are working normally and rendering operational continuity 24 horas per day. Other terminals in San Antonio TERQUIM and QC are also working 24x7 despide curfew orders.

Other Information
None
 
VALPARAISO

Crew Changes
Restrictions

Crew changes forbidden.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru that must demonstrate that crew members has been healthy on board of the ship at least 14 days prior to arrival to San Antonio. Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay.

Closures & Delays
All terminals in Valparaiso: TCVAL and TPS are working 24x7 despide curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours.

Other Information
Curfew orders to restrict peoples moves are in place daily from 22:00 hours til 05:00
 
QUINTERO

Crew Changes
Restrictions

Crew changes forbidden.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru that must demonstrate that crew members has been healthy on board of the ship at least 14 days prior to arrival to San Antonio. Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay.

Closures & Delays
All terminals in Quintero: VENTANAS port, OXIQUIM, EL BATO, GNL, ENAP Mono Boy, ENAP Multi Boy and LPG Terminals are working 24x7 despide curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours.

Other Information
Curfew orders to restrict peoples moves are in place daily from 22:00 hours til 05:00
 
CALDERA - ANTOFAGASTA - ANGAMOS

Crew Changes
Restrictions

Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only. Crew changes forbidden. For arrival travellers full screening with termometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operatin partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th. Antofagasta Airport working normally, but congestion expected.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru that must demonstrate that crew members has been healthy on board of the ship at least 14 days prior to arrival to Caldera, Antofagasta and Angamos. Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay. 

Closures & Delays
Chances of port unions protests or strikes disappear. Following Terminals are not working at night times due to curfew orders: Totoralillo and Punta Padrones (Lindun Minerals). Caldera Rocas Negras working 24x7. COLOSO - BHP Terminal full operational 24x7. All Mejillones Terminals: GNL, TGN, ANGAMOS, OXIQUIM, INTERACID, ANDINO (ECL), PUERTO MEJILLONES, TERQUIM and ENAEX working 24x7 despide of curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours
 
IQUIQUE - ARICIA

Crew Changes
Restrictions

Before inward clearance procedures are carried out, heatlh inspectors will board any vessel coming from foreign ports for quick medical examination to all crew members. After medical examination is completed in about 45 minutes, then the rest of the authorities (customs, police and agriculture officers), will go on board to complete all inward formalities that in total may last 90 minutes including medical examination. Inwards formalities can be executed only between 07:00 hours till 21:00 hours only.  Crew changes are forbidden. For arrival travellers full screening with termometers is compulsory. Heavy delays in cargo transport and delivery by local airplanes for spares parts are expected becuase only LATAM will continue operatin partially while SKY Airlines will stop operations completely from March 24th till April 30th. Antofagasta Airport working normally, but congestion expected. Delays in inwards clearance at night times due to curfew orders from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours. Ships arriving within said period of time, must wait for clearance. Customs officers are attending only between 08:00 to 17:00 hours daily during weekdays.

Port Restrictions
Free pratique granted subject to submission 72 hours prior to ships arrival of the following documents: General Maritime Ships Sanitary Declaration, Crew list health detail, Affidativ with sworn declaration of health (COVID19 sympthons for each crew member) and last 2 years of list of port calls. NO specific call restrictions based on previous ports calls, excluding ships coming from Iran, China, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Argentina and Peru that must demonstrate that crew members has been healthy on board of the ship at least 14 days prior to arrival to Iquique or Arica ports. Technical calls allowed. Cruise vessels calls prohibited till September 30th 2020. Shore leave is forbidden. Temperarature testing is compulsory. Social distancing of at least 1 meters is obligatory. Medical assistance is available on special ship request and if so, health officials will board the ships for inspections. Crew members cannot leave the ships and must stay always on board during full ship's stay. 

Closures & Delays
Chances of port unions protests or strikes disappear. Following Terminals are not working at night times due to curfew orders: Totoralillo and Punta Padrones (Lindun Minerals). Caldera Rocas Negras working 24x7. COLOSO - BHP Terminal full operational 24x7. All Mejillones Terminals: GNL, TGN, ANGAMOS, OXIQUIM, INTERACID, ANDINO (ECL), PUERTO MEJILLONES, TERQUIM and ENAEX working 24x7 despide of curfew of 7 hours imposed daily from 22:00 hours till 05:00 hours
 

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2020.03.06_PROTOCOLO-SEGUIMIENTO-VIAJEROS_COVID-19
FREE TRANSLATION Quarantine of 14 days in Chile for travellers coming from Spain or Italy - 10 Mar 2020
Quarantine of 14 days in Chile for travellers coming from Spain or Italy - 10 Mar 2020


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China

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

  1. Chinese Crew change is possible after special application with the Immigration and Customs in advance. For the vessels which have not called epidemic area/ports in the past 14 days, crew change (only limited to Chinese Crew on / off signers) can be arranged as long as they are in good health condition. For the vessels which have called epidemic area/ports in the past 14 days, crew change (limited to Chinese Crew on / off signers) can be arranged as long as they are quarantined upto 14 days and in good health condition.

  2. As from 28 Mar, China temporarily suspended the entry of foreigners holding valid visas and residence permits. Government also suspended to issue Visa to foreigners. Thus foreigner crew change is not possible.

  3. All visitors from overseas need be tested virus and Quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  1. All ships are requested to report every crew health condition and body temperature on daily basis before vessels arrival and during ship staying in the port. 
  2. New Health Declaration Card is required to be declared by every Crew.
  3. If crew temperature abnormal, Customs/Quarantine office will decide if moving vessels to anchorage for further observation or not. If crew found in fever before vessel berthing, normally the ship need clear Quarantine inspection at Anchorage.
  4. For the ships coming from overseas, nobody could embark & disembark before Quarantine inspection completion. 
  5. Night Quarantine inspection is unavailable.

Port Closures and Delays
Expected Closures: No
Expected Delays: Yes

Yangtze river ports have a shortage of specialised pilots. If a vessel calls any foreign ports or Hong Kong or Taiwan within 14 days before arrival at Yangtze river ports, the vessel will have to use specialised pilot. The specialised pilots are limited, so it is possible the POB schedule at CJK will be delayed for around 1-2days (potential delay).

All other ports remain fully operational and no delays are expected. 

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Drybulk Ships are not compulsory to pay SPRO fee.


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China - Hong Kong

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

I. CREW CHANGE

A) VESSEL WITH CARGO OPERATION AT HONG KONG 

1. Crews (with valid Passport / Seaman's Book) may sign-off from cargo vessel subject to they have not visited HUBEI, CHINA in the past 14 days and medical surveillance.
2. Crews arriving by air (with valid Passport / Seaman's Book) may sign-on cargo vessel subject to medical surveillance.

B) VESSEL CALL HONG KONG WITHOUT CARGO OPERATION: Crew change is not possible. 

C) Further crew change restrictions may apply within short notice, please check with us firstly for any crew change plan. Crew change in Hong Kong is subject to quarantine restrictions / Port Authorities’ final approval.

II. ENTRY / TRAVEL / QUARANTINE RESTRICTIONS

1. Air transit / transfer services at Hong Kong International Airport will be resumed in phases starting from 1 June 2020.  

The following measures have been effective from 25 March 2020 until further notice:-
2.  All non-Hong Kong residents coming from overseas countries and regions by plane will be denied entry to Hong Kong.
3. Those directly arriving from Macau, Taiwan or China (except HUBEI) and have not been to other country / region in past 14 days would be allowed in, but subject to quarantine orders.
4. A health declaration form must be completed and submitted to the Department of Health on arrival.  Travellers including crews on CARGO VESSELS should follow the quarantine procedures as instructed by the border personnel of the Department of Health. 
5. Travel restrictions have been imposed by various countries and regions in view of the COVID-19 situation. Travellers are reminded to confirm with their airlines if any relevant travel restrictions have been issued by the destination country. Flights could be subject to changes in relation to the latest situation.             

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  1. Free pratique to be granted subject to all crews are in good health condition and Department of Health’s final approval of the “Application of Free Pratique” submitted.
  2. Immigration facilities at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Ocean Terminal are suspended until further notice.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None


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Croatia

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions : Conditional

No crew changes allowed. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

In regards to crew changes we check from case to case.

Please note crew changes are allowed, avoiding any overnight accommodation and personnel transit is only on the same days while the Vessel is at berth, providing that an e-ticket is issued, in order that the Off-Signers proceed directly to the Airport, or vice versa the On-Signers to the Ship.

Limited fight schedule so far. immigration might request COVID 19 test and a letter the crew member has to hold to state the urgency of his travel. Crew without valid Schengen visa Multi C cann' t sign on/off.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

There is daylight restriction for berthing/sailing, crew can not go ashore.

Other Information
There are currently curfews in place so the free movement of people in the country is restricted; this will be affecting surveyors and other suppliers for customers, it is our recommendation that customers reach out to confirm attendance prior to the intended operation.


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Colombia

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew Changes are not permitted Borders are Closed/ Airports are closed for Domestic and international flights. Domestic flight continue blocked up to 01 July 2020 00:01 hours.

There is still no information regarding international flights. All crew is detained on board at the time of arrival. No shore leave Effective 03/23/20, hotels are not booking new reservations for foreigners.


Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free Practique subject to Sanitation officer's approval. Health declaration must be sent on daily basis and three (3) hours before ship's arrival. Technical calls not allowed. No cruise vessel are allowed. No shore leave allowed. Medical assistance is available for life-threatening illnesses only. At some terminals the agents are only allowed to board during clearing of vessel and carry out the key meeting thereafter the agent must leave the vessel and continue doing its work in a remote way. Agents must use all personal protective elements (PPE) such as mask, glasses, gloves and protectvie safety suit.

Arrival of crew ships have been prohibited until further notice. Cruise season has been cancelled.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: Yes
Expect Delays: Yes

Colombian government and port authorities are taking actions to guarantee the normal port activities in all Colombian territory however some coal terminals are experiencing some problems with their mining activities which will cause delays and possibly closures in the next days. They will continue sending to the ports only what is extracted. The mines have not been able to operate as the surrounding communities are blocking the access ways and demanding the ops to stop to avoid the spreading of the COVID-19. Also this same commute coal companies continue to work with communities to bring the work force back to the mines. Should the current mining situation persist without substantial changes over the coming weeks not sufficient coal will be produced to load vessels.

Other Information
Colombia is in  a national quarantine starting 25 March 2020 00:01 up and now extended to 01 July 2020 00:01, but port people including agents will be able to transit in order to handle ships operations.

All Main Colombian ports remain open and working 24/7 SHINC.


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Comoros

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

  • Ban for Foreigners coming from China, Italy, France, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and South Africa;
  • Ban for travelers coming from countries having declared more than 10 positive COVID-19 cases
  • Crew Change and Shore leaave are not allowed.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

The movement of people between the countries of the East African coast (Tanzania, Kanya, Mozabique, Madagascar etc.) and the Comoros by sea is prohibited.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No expected delays for now.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Travel Advisory: 1. Ban for Foreigners coming from China, Italy, France, Spain, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and South Africa; 2. Ban for travelers coming from countries having declared more than 10 positive COVID-19 cases; 3. The movement of people between the countries of the East African coast (Tanzania, Kanya, Mozabique, Madagascar .... etc) and the Comoros by sea is prohibited.


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Côte d'Ivoire

All Ports
Update: 10/03/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All international flights has been suspended therefore crew change is not possible at the moment. A curfew has been initiated, thus not affecting operations in ports.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date. All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health. Any suspected persons will be quarantined at a nominated hospital for blood testing. Vessel will only be quarantined at anchorage if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 14 days

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Vessels with suspected crew on board will not be able to lower the yellow flag and will be requested to proceed to anchorage for a period of 14 days. Hereafter vessel will be requested to carry out another check before proceeding with usual inward clearance unless suspected cases found on board.

Other Information

None


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Costa Rica

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes permitted. Borders are not open. Airports and borders for foreigners remain continued closed until June 15. only nationals & residents are accepted, quarantine is in place, transit restriction from 19:00hrs till 5:00hrs . check point controls at port terminals. gloves, masks, glasses, are mandatory.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Vessel must indicate last calls and health conditions of the crew members, if any symptoms, technical calls and cruise calls are allowed only for supply no embarking/disembarking are allowed. social distance mandatory. Medical assistance on a case basis and subject to approval from the health authority.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information
This applies for Limon/Moin Japdeva terminals. APM terminal is subject to the approval of the terminal.
 


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Operations of ports in Costa Rica

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Curacao

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Airport partially open for commercial flights. Only KLM currently flying (to/from Amsterdam). Crew changes are allowed. Groups to move to/from the vessel directly (also OPL). If not possible to go on board / from board same day as flight, they should stay in quarantine hotel.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

In addition to standard prearrival docs, an additional Marine Health Declaration form is to be submitted. Cruise calls are temporarily suspended. Cargo, repair, bunker, load/discharge calls remain possible as normal. Off port attendance to remain as normal (exception: crew changes). All ports in Curacao are open as normal.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information
Spares parts, shipments etc. sent to vessels and also landed for export can still be delivered. With slightly altered scheduled both air and sea cargo is coming in regularly and can be delivered in port and off port.


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Cyprus

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Protocol for the change of crew Issued on 6th May, 2020 
1. Crew change is permitted in the following categories of ships: 
1.1. Members of commercial ship crews, 
1.2. Crew members on platforms conducting exploratory drillings within Exclusive Economic Zones of States with which the Republic of Cyprus established diplomatic relations. 
1.3. Crew members of cruise ships which are in decommissioning state 
1.4. Members of yachts 

2. For crew change, the following should be adhered: 
2.1. These persons must be placed in the self-restraint regime 14 days before their arrival in the Republic. To confirm the above, they should complete the attached form. 
2.2. they must be subjected to a molecular test for COVID-19 prior to their arrival or if this is not possible upon arrival and such test must be negative. 
2.3. the company in which they work and/or the agent responsible for the change of crew, undertakes to transport the crew directly from the ship to the airport and to transport the crew arriving by air from the airport to the port of departure, under strict protective measures. 
2.4. If there is no synchronization between the arrival of the ship and the arrival of the flight, the company and/or the agent must make arrangements with the authorities for the crew to stay in designated accommodation under quarantine status until the flight or vessel arrives. 
2.5. If the results of the molecular tests are pending, the company and/or the agent must make arrangements with the authorities for the crew to stay in designated enclosures, in isolation, until the results of the molecular tests have been obtained. 
2.6. Where possible, the disembarkation crew shall remain on board until the date of the flight. 
2.7. Persons already working as crew members on vessels berthed in Cyprus ports and such persons will disembark from the ship in order to depart from the Republic and there is no synchronisation between the departure of the ship and the departure of the flight, the company and/or the agent must make arrangements with the authorities for the crew to stay in designated accommodation, in isolation, until the flight arrives. 
1 and 2 above shall not apply to these persons. 

3. Procedure at the Airport 
3.1. Crew changes will be made by specially chartered flights either by the agent or ship owner and/or those organised by the Republic for the repatriation of Cypriot citizens in case there is available space. 
3.2. All safety instructions should be complied with within the airport area. 
3.3. The use of a mask is mandatory and all measures should be taken for hand hygiene. Distances of 2 metres must be maintained by airport workers and other persons at the airport. 
3.4. Transfer to the Airport should be made within a reasonable time, such as the airline’s instructions before boarding at the airport. 

4. Procedure at the Port 
4.1. Crew members entering a port or port facility for boarding/disembarkation to/from a ship must follow strict protective measures. 
4.2. The use of a mask is mandatory and all measures should be taken for hand hygiene. Distances of 2 metres from port workers and other persons within the port should be maintained. 
4.3. Transport to the Port should be made within a short period of time in relation to the time of embarkation and after the ship is ready for boarding. 
4.4. Disembarkation should take place only when the transport means is present to transport the crew to the airport or designated accommodation, as appropriate. 
4.5. The new crew members shall be boarded after the previous crew has left, unless this is not applicable for safety reasons. 
4.6. Any additional instructions set by the Port Operators and the Cyprus Port Authority as the Regulatory Authority are faithfully complied with. 

5. Process of transfer. 
5.1. Transportation to and from the destination, depending on the case (port, airport, hotel) is made under strict rules. 
5.2. Transport is made directly and no intermediate stop is permitted. It shall be prohibited to disembark from the transport means, except in case of an emergency. 
5.3. The mode of transport chosen shall be proportionate to the number of passengers and to those applicable in the Republic. 

6. Other Directives 
6.1. In the case which it is required under paragraph 2.2 molecular examination for COVID-19 on arrival of crew members within the Republic, the company and/or agent should arrange by agreement with a laboratory and make appropriate arrangements for the direct transport of the crew to a laboratory to carry out the molecular examination, in accordance with the procedure set out in paragraph 5, prior to transport to accommodation. 
6.2. Where required under paragraphs 2.4 and 2.5 the use of designated accommodations, the company and/or the agent should be required by the company and/or the agent to arrange appropriate accommodation and make appropriate arrangements for the crew to remain in isolation for the time required as appropriate. 
6.3. The cost of a ticket, a means of transport, the use of protective measures, molecular examination and accommodation by crew members shall be covered by the company and/or the agent.

Date: 7th May, 2020.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Directives under Article 14 The Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, exercising the powers granted to him under Article 14 (1) of the Cyprus Port Authority Laws of 1973 to 2016, issues the following revised Guidelines for the gradual relaxation of the Restrictive Measures to Response to the Pandemic of the COVID 19 virus in ports, and port facilities in Cyprus: Following the Directives of the Minister of Transport, Communications and Projects dated 9.4.2020 to the Cyprus Port Authority and in the context of the gradual relaxation of the measures taken to address the emergency situation in Cyprus due to the pandemic of the Kornovirus (COVID 19), the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works issues the following new Directives concerning the revised restrictive measures to be applied to all ports and port facilities by both the Port Authority and the Port Authority. 

1. Disembarkation of Passengers/Crews: Any disembarkation of passengers and persons who are members of crews of any type of vessel is prohibited, including cruise ships and recreational craft, for the purpose of conducting visits, stays or overnights on the territory of the Republic, except for the replacement/change of crews as referred to in 2 below. 

2. Replacement/Change of Crews: The transfer and/or departure from the Republic of persons who are members of crews of commercial vessels, cruise ships in decommissioning status, yachts and crew members on platforms conducting exploratory drillings within Exclusive Economic Zones of States with which the Republic of Cyprus has established diplomatic relations, either on board vessels calling in ports of the Republic, or arriving, with flights exceptionally authorised by the Minister of Transport. A relevant protocol has been prepared for the procedure to be followed for the change of crews, which is attached. 

3. With respect to the crews of commercial vessels (tugboats, etc.) which have a permanent basis in Cyprus and should they operate on international voyages outside territorial waters or voyages within territorial waters and come into contact with other ship crews or foreign ports, they must strictly comply with the instructions of the Medical and Public Health Services, i.e. self-limitation of the occupants for 14 days, on their return to Cypriot ports. Such vessels sailing in or outside territorial waters, where the same crew members work as employers in the company and provided that, when serving other ships, they do not come into contact with the crews of other ships and do not visit foreign ports, then there will be no obligation to self-restraint. 

4. Vessel decommissioning: The long-term stay of ships in anchorages of the Republic for decommissioning purposes, in readiness conditions (warm lay-up) on the basis of the availability of slot for anchoraging for decommissioning purposes and on the basis of the characteristics of the ships is permitted. It is understood that passengers may not be disembarked or disembarked for reasons other than for crew replacement/change purposes as referred to in 2 above. 

5. Military Vessels: They may be docked after Notam Verbatim, but their crews may not be disembarked except for replacement/change as mentioned in 2 above. 

6. Movements of Private Vessels for maintenance and repair purposes: Private vessels may move between authorised berths within the territory of the Republic for maintenance and repair purposes. 

7. UNIFIL: It is permitted to move members of the UNIFIL Command force based in the ground installations of the port of Limassol. As regards the crews of UNIFIL vessels, it is only allowed to disembark for direct transport to an appropriate hotel inland for self-restraint and for their replacement/change as referred to in 2 above. 

8. Medical Emergency Incidents: In the event of emergencies (emergency medical situations) for a sick passenger or a sick crew member, either at anchorage or in port, agents exceptionally and due to the emergency medical situation will be entitled to make the necessary arrangements for the transport and care of the patient, provided that they are consulted in advance with the Medical Services and Public Health Services and inform the Cyprus Port Authority. 

9. No one is allowed to embark on any vessel for any reason apart from conducting activities which relate to cargo operations. It is permissible for Stevedores, Lashers-Unlashers and Surveyors to embark on vessels for conducting cargo operations with the prerequisite that the Master shall undertake to isolate/restrain the crew and send a written confirmation to the relative Port Establishment, that the crew is in self-restraint order within the cabins and no contact shall incur with the abovementioned personnel during their stay on board the vessel. It is implied that, whichever is able to conduct their activities electronically (signing of certificates) they are prohibited from embarking on board. Same applies for Surveyors which are involved with the administrative part of operations which strictly means that only those who conduct operations relating to sampling checks and measurements i.e. bunkering- the rest are prohibited to embark. The procedure must be conducted electronically. It is implied that the Stevedores, Lashers-Unlashers and Surveyors must strictly adhere to the rules of self-protection/hygiene (masks, gloves, keeping necessary distance of 1-2 meters from each other, washing hands etc) during embarkation and disembarkation from the vessel, as the below directives given by the Medical Services to the Navigators. 

10. If there is a need for an inspection of a berthed vessel on the quay by crew members, only one member of the crew may be disembarked for a short period of time, provided that the ship’s Agent informs the Cyprus Port Authority or the Contractors/Licensees/Port Operators, in order to remove the persons working at that time in the specific part of the yard, at the presence of the Port Police for supervising the aforementioned procedure. 

11. Provisions/Supplies: The crew must remain in self-restraint condition in their cabins during the ship’s feeding process. The captain of the ship is responsible for confirming, both to the Ship Agent and the Cyprus Port Authority or the Contractors/Licensees/Port Operators, that there will be no physical contact/interface of crew with ground personnel. It is understood that the feeders/suppliers will place the supplies on the quay, at a point near the ship to be indicated, and after they have evacuated the area, the crew will be allowed to approach and load the supplies to the ship. With regard to Ship Feeding at Anchorage, it is permitted provided that there will be no physical contact/crew interface with the Feeders/Suppliers. 

12. Instructions for boarding and disembarking vessels: Before the Navigators board the pilot boat: A. Hand washing before use of equipment (masks, gloves). B. Installation/application of equipment (masks/gloves) before boarding the pilot boat. C. Using masks with respirator-filter (type FFP2). D. Use of disposable gloves. E. Always have an antiseptic solution with at least 60 % alcohol content so that the gloves can be disinfected in the manoeuvre. Boarding on board: F. A distance of at least 1 meter from any person shall be kept. G. The ship’s bridge shall accommodate the minimum necessary number of people. Disembarkation of Navigators: H. Gloves, masks are properly removed and dispensed at the end of the manoeuvre as quickly as possible, in a bin on the quay that shall be placed for this purpose and definitely before entering the offices or interacting with any other persons. I. Hand washing and antiseptic use. 

13. Those who, with no other option, must board a ship for operations such as Port State Vessel Inspectors or Ship inspectors or Technicians necessary for conducting inspections or other qualified persons for supervision of unloading machines (e.g. bulk cargo, oil products) and inspection of equipment and safety incidents will have to comply, where applicable, with the instructions relating to boarding procedures. 

14. With respect to individuals staying on board, regardless of time, such as the ‘Mooring Master’ for transhipment operations of petroleum products from ship to ship – ‘STS Operations’, and specialised persons for unloading petroleum products at power stations, the following should be adhered to: 

  • A. Certification by the ship carrying the cargo that has been preceded by disinfection of the person/person(s). Where possible such persons should be accommodated in single or double cabins. 
  • B. Clarification whether a personal toilet is available for such staff. In the case of a positive response, the personnel will remain isolated in their cabins without contact with the ship’s crew and will use the personal toilets exclusively and strictly adhere to the personal protective/health measures. In the event of a negative response, the ship must designate a separate toilet for the persons for which it will also have to certify its prior disinfection.
  •  C. The person(s) should carefully remove the personal protective/health equipment after completion of supervision and before entering the cabin. When leaving the cabin and if they are to come into contact with the ship’s crew, personal protective/hygiene equipment should be available for change in the cabin. The final removal of personal protective/health equipment will take place as recorded in the guidance for navigators (i.e. once they reach land). 
  • D. Special importance should be given to avoiding the unnecessary stay of any personnel of the ship near the Mooring Master/Specialised Persons. 
  • E. As far as the issue of nutrition is concerned, it is recommended that they carry the necessary supplies for his/her stay on board with him/her. In case anything additional is needed, he/she will leave it out of the cabin and strictly keep the hands clean. 

15. Crew shall be prohibited to disembark and perform work on the quay for the purpose of maintaining the ship, e.g. painting, washing a vessel, etc. 

16. Those entering ports and port facilities should adhere strictly to the instructions of the Medical Services and Public Health Services in relation to the use of personal protective/health facilities. It is understood that requests submitted to the Cyprus Port Authority for granting any exemption from the application of the above restrictive measures will be forwarded by the Cyprus Port Authority to the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works and to the Director General of the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works for examination and decision after consultation with the Minister of Health.

Date: 6th May 2020

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None

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Denmark

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew change is allowed. Borders are closed for visits only, meaning that unless you are an EU citizen with residency in Denmark and can show Police a travel document and Danish healthcare card - or if you have an acknowledgeable purpose (such as a documented work purpose in Denmark) - you will be denied entrance to Denmark. Crew change is still considered an acknowledgeable purpose. Public transport as well as flights are limited but still possible.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Maritime Declarations of Health are mandatory. No crew shore leave is allowed. Technical and cruise calls are allowed. No testing. Medical assistance is available but ordinary doctors visits not possible if patient is is showing symptoms of COVID-19. They must either quarantine or go to hospital. It is highly recommended to avoid social/physical contact.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None


Related notices:

Interim advice for preparedness and response to cases of COVID-19 at points of entry in the European Union/EEA Member States – Public health measures at points of entry (VERSION 3 – 20/02/2020)
Interim advice for preparedness and response to cases of 2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease at points of entry in the European Union/EEA Member States – Exit and entry screening at points of entry (VERSION 1 – 06/02/2020)


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Djibouti

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Entry to oil terminal has been suspended for all Agents effective 25th Mar. All correspondence between Terminal > Vessel and Agent > vessel should be by email only. For other terminal, no such information received upto now. Free pratique and quarantine at anchorage done only by authorities. No Agent to accompany. Cannot provide any service at anchorage unless confirmed by Quarantine authority.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Seaport

  • Port is working normally for all commercial vessel.
  • No crew change allowed.
  • Container terminal facing problem of receiving MTY returns from Consignee due to lack of space in the yard. Alternative arrangement are under process and authority will revert with arrangements.
  • As per first notification received from port on 29 Jan. all vessel arriving Djibouti will be first inspected by Quarantine and only after their clearance Agent and other authorities will be allowed to board vessel.
  • In continuation to Point 4, as per new notification received from port authority, effective 19 Mar all vessels coming to Djibouti will be first inspected by quarantine at anchorage and after their clearance will be allowed to come alongside for operations.
  • No much problem in congestion for RORO and other G.C as uplift is in progress.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

More Information
 

  • Airport was working normally initially.
  • All passenger’s temperature was checked at 2 check points prior entry to immigration area.
  • Notification received on 15 Mar that all international passenger flights will be suspended effective 18 Mar. till further notice.
  • No restrictions on cargo aircrafts. Road/Rail Movement
    • Road/Rail was working normally initially.
    • Effective 19 Mar. all rail/road transport for passengers has been suspended till further notice.
    • Rail/Truck movement for cargo to Ethiopia is normal. General Information
      •  Only 1 confirm case of Spanish military personnel was found at Djibouti who arrived with Spanish military aircraft with another 32 personnel. They were kept in isolation at French military camp with no contact to any civilians and repatriated back to Spain.
      • Though many things heard of some cases being positive but no any confirmation received from authority on it.

Schools are being closed from 22nd Mar till 31st Mar as per notification from Education ministry.

  • No shutdown of mall/supermarket announced.
  • Night clubs, Mosque & all sports activities has been shut down effective 21 Mar.
  •  Djibouti has extended lock down period for next 14 days effective 26 Mar.
  • Djibouti has 40 positive case as of today and all infected has been isolated.
  • Though its not complete lock down but people movement is restricted to avoid unwanted people to move and mingle without requirement. Djibouti Free Zone & Port Authority have issued passes to port community for easy movement and to attend office.
  • Most offices are working with minimum required staff.
  • Djibouti has extended lockdown for 1 week up to 16 Apr.

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DR Congo

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All passenger flights has been suspended in 30 days since 20.03.20 Kinshasa to go through lockdown starting Saturday and 3 weeks ahead with openings only after 4 days on every fifth and sixth day hereafter another 4 days lockdown. Cargo coming from South Africa or Angola and other land boarders has been suspended.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and maritime health declaration. All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before boarding team will be allowed on board. Vessel will only be quarantined if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 14 Days.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Some delays expected especially when vessel is coming from countries with confirmed cases.

Other Information

None.


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Dominican Republic

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

There are no crew changes permitted until further notice.
It is expected that airports and commercial flights will resume operations in July. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Free pratique has always been granted once vessel is berthed and authorities have cleared the vessel. Now the Medical Protocol previously mentioned has been added prior to this. Documents: Crew List, Last ten Ports, P&I certificate and Maritime Health Declaration must be sent to PFSO prior to vessel's arrival. A vessel coming from China, Italy, Spain US Ports and other top COVID 19 infected places must arrive at DR Ports after 14 days of departure from said port or it ust await the required 14 days off-shore and once the time is past and there are no sick crewmen on board then the Medical Commission evaluates when they can berth. Social distancing is mandatory and there is a nationwide curfew from 19:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs the next day from Monday through Saturday and from 17:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs the next day on Sundays; only the people with permits like doctors, nurses, armed forces and port employees are allowed out after curfew.Technical calls are allowed. Cruise vessels not allowed. Shore leave are not recommended at this time. There are precautionary testing in place, once vessel arrives the temperature of all crew members is taken by the Medical Commission of the Port Authorities and they are checked for other COVID 19 symptoms. Social distancing mandated. Medical assistance is possible once the authorities allow it; at the moment it is on a case by case basis, and is very restrictive.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

The Health Personnel appointed by the Ministry of Defense performs the medical examination to vessel's crew at the berth, therefore all crew members must disembark the vessel upon berthing.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information

None.


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Ecuador

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes
Crew changes are not permitted. All borders all closed. 

Quarantine and screening requirments: Fever test and 14 day isolation. However, disembarkment of crew and guests is not allowed.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port and free pratique: operating 24/7 without restriction. What documents are required: Health declaration and format. Specific call restrictions: Cargo ships operating normally. Cruise ships cannot berth in any Ecuadorian port, only technical call for emergency of fuel and provisions at anchor. Medical assistance available: Yes, depending on the emergency. Electronic clearance approved by Authorities, considering delegation (migration, port doctor, port captaincy) will not go onboard. However our Agents are assisting normally at Port for the operations supervision, or up to request of the Principals.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
As indicated by the Emergency Operational Committee in Ecuador, the national territory will be under three lights or steps to normalize the situation in activities. Guayaquil passed the "yellow light" and the development of certain activities with specific protection measures will be allowed.

Flight resumption Quito airport:
International flights from June 1, 2020.
Domestic flights from June 1, 2020.

Guayaquil airport:
International flights from June 1, 2020.
Domestic flights since June 15, 2020.

Other airports in Ecuador
International flights (Manta and Latacunga) from June 1, 2020.
Domestic flights from June 1, 2020.


Related notices:
Acuerdo-Interministerial-0000001 pdf
Coronavirus_protocolo
Free translation - Corona Virus - Ecuador report
MTOP-DVGT-2020-0001-R.pdf
NOTIFICACIÓN AGENCIAS NAVIERAS SOLICITUDES DE ARRIBO


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Equatorial Guinea

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change not possible any longer and airport has been closed for passenger traffic.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list + other documents. Vessels will be cleared at anchorage and screening will be done.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Some delays expected especially when vessel is coming from countries with confirmed cases.

Other Information

None.


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Egypt

All Ports
Update: 20/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Please note the Egyptian government decided extending the Suspension of all International flights to / from Egyptian international airports till end 15th of June 2020 - Further notice to be declared thereafter. New Curfew timings were declared as follows: From Sunday 24 May 2020 till Friday 29 May 2020: Curfew hours from 1700 hrs to 0600 hrs lt. (There will be No crew changes  / Spares clearance / couriers delivery possible during this period due to airports / customs closure for Eid Holidays) Then From 30 May 2020 and till 15 June 2020: Curfew Hours will from 2000 hrs to 0600 hrs lt. There will be No crew changes  possible during this period however Spares clearance / couriers delivery possible as cargo aircrafts / flights are not suspended and customs will be working normally.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Suez Canal Economical Zone Authority & Marine ports authorities requested all agents to report any vessels are expected to arrive from China, USA, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia and any other country where the virus was detected & to apply for the vessel berthing at least 4 days in advance prior to vessel arrival so that special quarantine arrangements are being made in place for clearing the vessel at anchorage prior to allowing it to proceed to berth.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Avaiable: Yes

Taking into consideration the recent situation of the shipping market and global economy, and in line with The Suez Canal Authority (SCA)  flexible marketing policies which consider the mutual benefits of SCA and its customers, the SCA has decided to increase the incentives for container ships passing through the Suez Canal as follows:

A.    Amendment of Article One of Circular 3/2020 – to read as follows:

"Containerships" coming from ports at North West of Europe (and Tangier Port) till Algeciras Port and  heading to (Port Klang) and its Eastern Ports at South East of Asia and Far East shall be granted a rebate of  17% of Suez Canal Normal tolls (the mentioned rebate doesn't include levied surcharge for tiers of containers carried on the vessels upper deck). 

B.    Amendment of paragraph 1&2 of the "amendment to circular (2/2016)" issued on 13/7/2016, to read as follows:

1.    Containerships coming from "Port of Norfolk" and its northern ports and heading to "Port Klang" and its eastern Ports shall be granted a rebate of a 60%.

2.    Containerships coming from ports at the south of "Port of Norfolk" and  heading to : 
a.    " Port Klang" and its Eastern ports shall be granted a rebate of 75%.
b.    "Port of Colombo" and its eastern ports up to "Port Klang" shall be granted a rebate of 65%.

These amendments shall be applicable to vessels sailing from port of origin from 1st of May 2020, till 30th of June 2020.

Other Information

Please note the Egyptian government decided extending the Suspension of all International flights to / from Egyptian international airports till 15th of June 2020  - Further notice to be declared then During this month no crew changes will be possible however spares clearance / couriers are possible to connect as cargo aircrafts / flights are not suspended. However delivery of spares could be affected by the new declared curfew from 2000 hrs lt. - 0600 hrs lt. starting 30th of May 2020 till 15th of June 2020.


Alexandria

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Vessels are requested to do what is necessary so as to alert all maritime agencies and shipping lines to adhere to cleanse, sterilize and fumigate all incoming cargoes and containers on vessels once they arrive and berth. The aforementioned shall be carried out under the supervision of the quarantine department.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


Ain Sukhna - DP World

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Marine ports authorities requested all agents to report any vessels are expected to arrive from China, USA, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia and any other country where the virus was detected & to apply for the vessel berthing at least 4 days in advance prior to vessel arrival so that special quarantine arrangements are being made in place for clearing the vessel at anchorage prior to allowing it to proceed to berth.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


Suez Canal Transit

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Suez Canal Authority & Marine ports authorities requested all agents to report any vessels are expected to arrive from China, USA, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia and any other country where the virus was detected & to apply for the vessel berthing at least 4 days in advance prior to vessel arrival so that special quarantine arrangements are being made in place for clearing the vessel at anchorage prior to allowing it to proceed to berth.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Available: Yes

SCA issued Periodical concerning Rebates to Circulars no. 2-2016 (Containers ships) & Circular 3-2016 (VLCC SUMED) - Circular no. 7-2017 (LNG Carriers)


Related notices:
Amendment for Circular no. 2-2016 - Rebate percentage 
Amendment for Circular no. 3-2020 -rebate 17% for cont. vesseks 
Periodical concerning the amendment circ. 2.2016  till 30.06.2020
Periodical concerning the amendment circ 3.2020  till 30.06.2020
Periodical concerning Rebates to Circulars no. 2-2016 (Containers ships) & Circular 3-2016  (VLCC SUMED) - Circular no. 7-2017
Updated Periodical for Circular . 2- 2015 as of 01st Apr. 2020 )
New Update - Cancellation for Cir. 7-2017 & Periodical 12-9-2019
Suez Canal new incentive to container ships 30032020
Alexandria Port - Letter Regarding Sterilization - COVID-19 
Customs - Regulatory publication 18-2020
DP Word - Ain Sukhna Port - Announcement 
Corona Virus -Circular no. 9-2020 English
Alexandria Port Authority - New Instructions for Vessels Berthing 


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Estonia

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes now permitted subject to obtaining prior approval from authorities. Hotel accommodation is now possible. Shore leave is now permitted for crew members, but local restrictions are still in force with max. 2 people as any one group and maintaining social distancing.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Cruise vessels are temporarily not allowed to call at Estonian Ports until 14th May 2020. All other ports/terminal are open and working.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

None.


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Eritrea

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Government has extended nation-wide stay at home order indefinitely. All business activities and transactions except grocery stores, banks, pharmacies will be banned All government institutions will stop routine services and functions to focus on indispensable developmental and security tasks.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Government has extended nation-wide stay at home order indefinitely. All business activities and transactions except grocery stores, banks, pharmacies will be banned All government institutions will stop routine services and functions to focus on indispensable developmental and security tasks.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Delays expected due to the stay at home order.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

None.

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Finland

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Crew exchanges are permitted in all ports. Transportation to/ from vessel and airport should be arranged directly without any stops or overnight accommodation.

UPDATE - crew shore leave now permitted.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Government has expanded measures and has terminated the carriage of passengers by sea transport, with the exception of goods and freight transport. Port of Helsinki has cancelled cruise ships calls until restrictions are lifted.

Please see the latest local regulations from The Finnish Border Guard by accessing the below link; https://www.raja.fi/current_issues/guidelines_for_border_traffic

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

On 16 March 2020, the Government decided on additional measures to address the coronavirus outbreak in Finland. The aim of the measures is to protect the population and to safeguard the functioning of society and the economy. The measures will be in force until 13 April 2020. The Government has announced, in cooperation with the President of the Republic, that there is a state of emergency in the country as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

All national and municipal museums, theatres, the National Opera, cultural venues, libraries, mobile libraries, services for customers and researchers at the National Archives, hobby and leisure centres, swimming pools and other sports facilities, youth centres, clubs, organisations’ meeting rooms, day care services for the elderly, rehabilitative work facilities and workshops will be closed. Private and third-sector operators and religious communities are advised to do the same.

The movement of people may be restricted in order to prevent a serious danger to life and health. For the sake of public health and health security, preparations will be launched for the closure of Finland’s borders without delay in accordance with international obligations. Passenger transport to Finland will be suspended as soon as possible, with the exception of the return of Finnish citizens and persons residing in Finland. Finnish citizens and persons residing in Finland must not travel abroad. Finnish tourists abroad are advised to return to Finland immediately. Necessary travel for work and to access other necessary services will be permitted across the northern and western borders. Freight and goods traffic will continue as usual.

Source: The Finnish Government https://valtioneuvosto.fi/en/article/-/asset_publisher/10616/hallitus-totesi-suomen-olevan-poikkeusoloissa-koronavirustilanteen-vuoksi


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Fiji

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are not permitted in Fiji. Airports are open for freighter flights only.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Cruise vessels are currently banned from entering Fiji. Cargo, clinker and tanker vessels are allowed to berth under strict quarantine regulations. Shore leave is not permitted. 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Ports remain open to approved vessels only. Delays are expected due to backlog relating to lockdown laws.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No
 


Related notices:
Fiji 04FEB20
Fiji - Statement from Department of Immigration 17MAR20


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France

All Ports
Update: 27/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

It is now possible. However below strict procedure must be applied.

We will need to get below 72h (working days) before crew change date:

  • Vessel’s crew list (for off signers)
  • Vessel’s health declaration dated of the day before vessel’s departure (MDH) (for off signers
  • Disembarking crew passport copy
  • Embarking crew passport copy
  • Travel document (e-ticket)
  • International travel form filled up by each crew involved (see attached)
  • Letter from company confirming the necessity of crew change
  • For on and off signer letter from them certifying that he does not have any COVID 19 symptoms

Thereafter, we will have to wait the green light from the territorial authority to perform the crew change.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Applied by Harbour Master in our ports. It is not a change as they are checking on documents already provided through prearrival usual procedure (ISPS and Health declaration)

  • Check the 10 last ports is ISPS sent by Masters with prearrival documents.
  • If vessels called China, then they request the attached Health Declaration which we systematically ask to Masters as part of the prearrival procedure
  • If there is a case of crew with fever, then Harbour Master is contacting specialised medical Centre who will instruct isolation measures to be taken.
  • If there is no case declared by Master, then vessel can berth normally ( the voyage duration from China being higher than 14 days -the virus incubation time) 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Most ports, pilots/tugs/linemen decided to reduce their team at minimum, service is still in force but impossible to berth/sail/anchor from 2300hrs to 0500hrs. Terminals still working in reduce team.

Other Information

None


Le Havre

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

(free pratique granted YES / what documents are required i.e. health declarations? MDH COMPLETED ANYWAY / specific call restrictions based on previous ports called? SOME TERMINAL DO NOT ACCEPT MORE THAN 2 SHIP AT BERTH LIKE CIM TERMINAL LE HAVRE OR BOARDING VESSEL ONLY ALLOWED FOR ESSENTIAL OR EMERGENCY PERSONAL ONLY / technical calls allowed YES TILL NOW / cruise vessels allowed? TBA / is shore leave permitted? YES NEED TO FILL UP GOVERNEMENTAL DOCUMENT BUT ONLY FOR MERGENCY CASE R ESSENTIAL CASES / is precautionary testing in place? NOT IN PLACE ONLY FOR INFECTED OR POTENTIAL INFECTED PEOPLES / is social distancing mandated? / is medical assistance available? YES NEED TO CALL 15 1ST FOR INVESTIGATION TO COORDINATE MEETING TO HOSPITAL OR ...)

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

NO PORT CLOSES UNTIL NOW 24/03/2020 // SITUATION MAY VARY AS FROM NE GOVERNEMENTAL RESTRICITONS // SOME TERMINALS HAVE RESTRICITON FOR GOING ON BOARD + DELIVERY TO VESSEL


Port Jerome

Port Restrictions
Restrictions:Yes

(free pratique granted YES / what documents are required i.e. health declarations? MDH COMPLETED ANYWAY / specific call restrictions based on previous ports called? SOME TERMINAL DO NOT ACCEPT MORE THAN 2 SHIP AT BERTH LIKE CIM TERMINAL LE HAVRE OR BOARDING VESSEL ONLY ALLOWED FOR ESSENTIAL OR EMERGENCY PERSONAL ONLY / technical calls allowed YES TILL NOW / cruise vessels allowed? TBA / is shore leave permitted? YES NEED TO FILL UP GOVERNEMENTAL DOCUMENT BUT ONLY FOR MERGENCY CASE R ESSENTIAL CASES / is precautionary testing in place? NOT IN PLACE ONLY FOR INFECTED OR POTENTIAL INFECTED PEOPLES / is social distancing mandated? / is medical assistance available? YES NEED TO CALL 15 1ST FOR INVESTIGATION TO COORDINATE MEETING TO HOSPITAL OR ...)

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

NO PORT CLOSES UNTIL NOW 24/03/2020 // SITUATION MAY VARY AS FROM NE GOVERNEMENTAL RESTRICITONS // MINIMUM CONTACT IN PORT JEROME ALL TO BE CONDUCT ON OPEN AIR AREA AT MINIMUM 1 METER DISTANCE ONLY


Fos Lavera

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Joiners are permitted. For off signers they must be European to disembark.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

(free pratique granted? /YES .what documents are required i.e. health declarations? ISPS/HELATH/ specific call restrictions based on previous ports called? / NO.technical calls allowed YES/ cruise vessels allowed?NO / is shore leave permitted?NO SHORE LEAVE ALLOWED / is precautionary testing in place? NO/ is social distancing mandated? YES/ is medical assistance available?YES

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Port work in reduce team causing delay on operation. Only morning shift is able to work. Shift from 0600/1300. Pilot do not perform port movements as from 2300hrs to 0500.


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Gabon

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Curfew will be counting 0730 PM to 0600 AM meaning that stevedores will not work over night as well on vessels. All passenger flights suspended hence crew change cannot be performed at the moment.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and health maritime declaration. Vessels will be cleared at anchorage or alongside depending on loading / discharging methods, by health before receiving green light to proceed with usual inward clearance alongside. Vessels are subject to a 15 days quarantine period when coming from countries with confirmed cases which start from date of departure of the port in question. However, this will be determined closer to ETA of the vessel. Curfew will be counting 0730 PM to 0600 AM Lockdown in Libreville until further notice.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Some delays expected especially when vessel is coming from countries with confirmed cases.

Other Information

None.


Related Notices:
11 GABON CIRCULAR FREE TRANSLATION


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Gambia

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All crew changes has been suspended, thus cargo transport still available. All passenger flights suspended until further notice.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date. Vessels will be cleared at anchorage by health before receiving green light to proceed usual inward clearance and granted free practice is done alongside if vessel clear the health check at anchorage. No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries. No specific measurement announced for vessels with suspected cases, however individuals will be quarantined.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Very limited delays foreseen as vessels are screened upon arrival with no mandatory quarantine of vessels in force yet.

Other Information

None.


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Germany

All Ports
Update: 27/3/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Carriers of passengers, who arrive in Germany by plane, ship, train or bus from China, Iran, Italy, Japan, or South Korea, must distribute the following instructions on recommended behaviour to prevent the disease or in case of symptoms:

www.rki.de/ncov-handzettel

The same applies to all operators of airports, ports, passenger train stations and coach stations.

Before landing in Germany, pilots on flights from Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea or China must transmit the Aircraft Declaration of Health to the authorities. Before disembarking from the aircraft or ship, passengers arriving in Germany from Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea by plane or ship, must provide information on their flight/trip and on where they can be reached for the 30 days after arrival. This is done with the disembarkation card:Aircraft disembarkation card, Ship disembarkation card.

Passengers from China to Germany must provide additional information on where they were staying in China, persons with whom they were in contact and their state of health. In this case, this disembarkation card must be used.

Airlines, ship-owners, charterers and all other persons and all other persons responsible for operating ships must keep the data on flights and trips to Germany from Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea and China available for a period of 30 days after arrival.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Hamburg (OILTANKING TANKTERMINAL HAMBURG) is no longer allowing embarkation/disembarkation of vessels from shore side. This concerns: Crew change Service technicians Vetting inspectors Suppliers Visitors Only persons, who are directly involved in cargo operations (surveyor, loadingmaster, terminal worker) are permitted to embark/disembark

Closures & Delays
Delays due to skeleton staff and Shifta at various terminals and port areas.

Other Information
Germany suspended all Travel for 30 days to non-EU members incl UK, Norway and Switzerland. No Tourists outside the EU allowed to visit and no German citizen to leave for tourismic activity ( national & international travel ).  All neighboring countries borders closed to France, Austria, Switzerland, Luxenburg and Denmark. 


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Ghana

All Ports
Update: 28/04/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are suspended. The borders of Ghana by Land, Air and Sea has been closed effective 22nd March 2020 @ 0001hrs to all human traffic. Closure is not applicable to Goods, Supplies and Cargo. The government has suspended the issuance of all forms of Visas including Transit Visas for Crew Embarking or Disembarking.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

The Imposed lockdown have been eased with restriction on all social gatherings asl well as closure of Ghana Borders, The Port will continue to run 24/7 for all cargoes. All vessels calling shall complete a health declaration form 7 days to ETA. In addition, vessels shall also complete a Ship Arrival Declaration Form and sent directly to the Harbour Master’s Office 72h, 24h and 6h in advance before vessel’s ARRIVAL Ship. On arrival at the anchorage, the Port Health Officials will board with Pilot Launch and screen all persons for COVID-19 before free pratique shall be granted for any cargo operation. Crew onboard vessels calling shall be denied access to shore pass which is in line with the government border closure to all human traffic by Land, Air & Sea directive.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Delays expected in granting vessel free pratique.

Other Information

There is closure of all private and public schools, churches and mosque as well as tourist sites including beaches. The Kotoka International Airport is currently closed to all inbound international flights effective 22nd March 2020 @ 2359UTC with the following flights excempted. Emergency Flights, Cargo Flights, Medical Evacuation Flights.


Tema Port

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

The Imposed lockdown have been eased with restriction on all social gatherings asl well as closure of Ghana Borders, The Port will continue to run 24/7 for all cargoes. All vessels calling shall complete a health declaration form 7 days to ETA. In addition, vessels shall also complete a Ship Arrival Declaration Form and sent directly to the Harbour Master’s Office 72h, 24h and 6h in advance before vessel’s ARRIVAL Ship. On arrival at the anchorage, the Port Health Officials will board with Pilot Launch and screen all persons for COVID-19 before free pratique shall be granted for any cargo operation. Crew onboard vessels calling shall be denied access to shore pass which is in line with the government border closure to all human traffic by Land, Air & Sea directive.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Delays expected in granting vessel free pratique.


Takoradi

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Only Vessels calling for Cargo, Goods & Supplies shall be allowed. Cruise vessels calling have been suspended until further notice. All vessels calling shall complete a health declaration form 7 days to ETA. In addition, vessels shall also complete a Ship Arrival Declaration Form and sent directly to the Harbour Master’s Office 72h, 24h and 6h in advance before vessel’s ARRIVAL Ship. On arrival at the anchorage, the Port Health Officials will board with Pilot Launch and screen all persons for COVID-19 before free pratique shall be granted for any cargo operation. Crew onboard vessels calling shall be denied access to shore pass which is in line with the government border closure to all human traffic by Land, Air & Sea directive.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Delays expected in granting vessel free pratique


GPMS Offshore Terminal - Tema

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Vessels calling the GPMS offshore terminal shall in addition to required pre-arrival notice and health declarations from the port shall submit the following documents 5 clear days to Vessel ETA: Crew List, Last 10 Ports of Call List and OTGS-HSSE Travel declaration (attached). Vessel on arrival shall be screened for COVID-19 at daylight hours only at the anchorage by the Port Health Officials before free pratique granted for required pre-berthing formalities. Crew onboard vessels calling shall be denied access to shore pass which is in line with the government border closure to all human traffic by Land, Air & Sea directive.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Delays expected in granting vessel free pratique


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Gibraltar

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes permitted subject to conditions as per port circular circular 12 ,  crew stay in hotel ammended to max 10 days) Border remains open, Airport remains open with British Airways flights to/from London, crew travelling to London will "not" be subject to 14 day quarentine, shipping supply chains remain open, spares and stores being delivered, CTM being delivered, UWHC taking place,Bunkering no delays,  BQS being conducted, Corvid V7 upoloaded to be used for pre arrival at Gibraltar +++crew are permittred to land in Gibraltar and transit thru the fronteir to join/depart ships in Algeciras subject to approval from both immigration authorities+++

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free practique granted on arrival, vessel required to submit all customery pre arrival doccuments along with V7 Coronavirus declaration, technical calls case by case  for cruise vessels, shore leave not permitted, social distancing in place, medical assistance available if required,Port Circular 10/2020 attached reference to relaxing measures for Maritime personel boarding vessels at Gibraltar.

*Please see circular 11 pertaining to crew visits to dentist and doctor appointments.*

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Shore leave is not permitted. Social distancing is in place. Medical assistance is available if required.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information
None


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Greece

All Ports
Update: 20/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Greek Government announced that all non EU nationalities are not allowed to enter Greece. EU persons that entering Greece, will be stay in quarantine for 2 weeks ( 14 days ) no matter where they came from.  Basis the above, no any crew change can be performed at any Greek port until further notice from the Government. Airports are open but some destination / arrival countries are closed. 

Update for European Nationatilties : Crew disembarkation of European nationality is allowed basis that there is direct flight to his home country same day with disembarkation. if no flight same day, then will stay in quarantine for 14 days ( in hotel ) . For embarking European nationality, upon arrival in Greece, will need to stay 14 days in quarantine and then to sign on a vessel.                                                                                                            

Update for European Nationalities : European nationality can embark basis he arrives 1 day earlier of the vessel arrival. Will undertake covid19 test at airport and then will overnight at designated hotel until results and next day will be able to embark. For disembarking, covid19 test will take place 1 day before disembarkation and if results negative then can disembark basis directly flight to the country of origin.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Passenger vessels / cruise vessels are not allowed. Health declaration required for vessel's calling Greek ports. Cargo vessel's are allowed to call for cargo ops and/or provisions , during cargo ops all precaution measures as per WHO to be taken. Shore leave not permitted.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

  • As of Monday 23rd March 2020 at 06:00 Lt, Greek Government decided Nation-wide strict restrictions on public movements. Curfew will be in force until the April 06th at 06:00 Lt.
  • Only locals will be able to move, basis relevant permit for specific reasons obtained from the Authorities.
  • Goverment extend the curfew until 27th of April 2020 at 06:00 lt.          
  • Curfew extended until 4th of May 2020 at 06:00 lt
  • Curfew ended on 04/05/2020 at 06:00 lt. Citizizens are allowed to move only within states. Travel from state to state or to Islands is still prohibited.                     

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Guyana

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Effective March 21, 2020, the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) has advised that all seaports in Guyana are closed to international vessels with the exception of international merchant ships. No shore leave and crew exchanges shall be granted to crew on board vessels.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Prior to arrival, agent is required to provide the following information from the Master to Port Health Authorities:
1. Crew list
2. Clinical Monitoring form for Disease and International Concern (Needs to be filled out by each crew member)
3. Port of Call list of ten(10) previous ports
4. Marine Declaration of Health form to be completed by Master.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

International airports have been closed effective 18th March 2020 until 1st May 2020. This has been extended until 3rd June 2020. Guyana / Brazil, Guyana / Suriname, Guyana / Venezuela borders are closed until further notice.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Avaiable: Yes

Guyana Revenue Authority Release

  • Any cleaning agent imported before March 26, 2020 and sold after March 26, 2020, VAT will be recovered by the importer.
  • Any cleaning agent imported before March 26, 2020 and sold after March 26, 2020, no duty will be recovered.
  • Any cleaning agent imported after March 26 2020, Import Duty and VAT will be waived
  • The cleaning agent must have soap, disinfectant and alcohol properties

Other Information

The Government of Guyana has announced that all public gathering at places of entertainment, including bars,, clubs, gymnasiums, night clubs, restaurants and swinning pools, between the hours of 18.00 hours and 0.6.00 hours will be banned. This order took effect from midnight (23.59 hours) until Friday 3rd April, 2020.  A further ban has been been imposed for the closure until June 3, 2020.
                                                                            
Additionally, effectice April 3, 2020 a curfew imposed throughout Guyana between the hours of 6.00pm and 6.00am  until May 3, 2020 has been extended to June 3, 2020 except the for the following essential services, hospitals, healthcare and medical services including pharmacies, drug stores and private veterinary services; nursing homes, orphanages, shelters and other related care centres; Guyana Revenue Authority; electricity services, water supply services; discipline services,; prison services, solid waste management, sewage and janitorial services; air traffic control; ; hotels and accomodation; factories, manufacturers and distridutors of food supplies; Demerara Harbour Bridge and Berbice River Bridge.  


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Guinea 

All Ports
Update: 25/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All boarders closed for passengers. Still open for cargo transport.
All flights suspended and airports closed until mid May.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date.  Vessels will be cleared at alongside and checked by port health for temperature control on arrival as well as requested for implementing hand sanitizing measures while alongside. Also PPE will be requested to be used.  No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries.  No specific measurement announced for vessels with suspected cases, however individuals may be quarantined.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No expected delays for cargo vessel at the moment.

Other Information
All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date. Vessels will be cleared at alongside and checked by port health for temperature control on arrival as well as requested for implementing hand sanitizing measures while alongside. Also PPE will be requested to be used No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries. No specific measurement announced for vessels with suspected cases, however individuals may be quarantined. All boarders closed for passengers. Still open for cargo transport. All flights suspended and airports closed until 27.04.20.


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Guinea Bissau

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew will be allowed to disembark the vessel. All movement from land or airport has been closed as of 18.03.2020 until further notice.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

No Specific statements related to vessel inward clearance as of yet from authorities of Guinea Bissau.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No expected delays for cargo vessel at the moment.

Other Information

None.


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Honduras

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are not allowed. All Airports and borders closed by Honduras Government due to restrictions against Coronavirus.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No


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Iceland

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Crew changes are possible as seafarers and airline crew are exempt from the latest travel restrictions in place until 15th June - see below.

For all others arriving to Iceland (except from from Greenland and Faroe Islands) they will have 3 options:

  • Go into 2 weeks quarantine in Iceland
  • Have a Covid antibody test upon arrival (results to be provided within 24 hours)
  • Present an antibody test from their home country by a health care provider recognized by the Icelandic authorities. In this case people can come directly into Iceland.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


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India

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

LOCKDOWN EXTENDED UNTIL 31st MAY 2020.

ALL DOMESTIC FLIGHTS CANCELLED ON THE 25TH AND RESCHEDULED

The Government has announced the resumption of domestic flights from 25th May. The airlines are still awaiting the guidelines and are working on the flight schedules and zones in which they will be operating.

In the meantime, please find the general instructions and detailed guidelines developed by the Ministry of Civil Aviation to be followed by the air passengers travelling to the airport, at the airport, in the aircraft and while exiting from the airport.

Please refer to the office Memorandum issues by MHA dated 22nd May 2020.

Rail service opened mainly to facilitate movement of migrant worker back to their hometown seafarers can also do online booking as needed.

As on date Crew Change presently only being carried out at JNPT, KOCHI, Vizag, Gangavaram, Mumbai, Sikka, Kandla, Tuticorin, Kakinada, Bedi, Paradip, Chennai, Ennore, New Mangalore, Dhamra, GOA, Bedi, Kandla & Mundra

At Haldia only Sign on is possible.

Order REF F. No. 7-NT (72)/2014 / Date: 17.05.2020

Clarification to DGS Order No. 12 of 2020

Subject: Standard Operating Procedures / Protocols (SOP) for controlled crew change - reg.

  1. DGS Order No. 12 of 2020 dated 22.04.2020 has been issued to provide detailed Standard Operating Procedure / Protocol for sign-on and sign-off of Indian crew at Indian Ports.  Para 5 (2) (7) of the SoP in respect of sign-off states that “Seafarer arriving on a vessel from any foreign port within 14 days of departure from foreign port shall be kept in quarantine for a total of 14 days from the date of departure  from the last foreign port at a facility approved  by the Port  or State authority. On completion of 14 days, he shall undergo a COVID-I9 test to confirm 'negative' test.”
  2. In the said regard, it is clarified that the above said para requirement is only applicable for vessels arriving from any foreign port.  Seafarers on board Indian flag vessels operating exclusively on the Indian coast, harbour and Exclusive Economic Zone (SEZ) are  NOT  required to undergo quarantine of 14 days, post disembarkation from such a vessel, if the seafarer is tested negative for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic and subject to compliance of all listed conditions for controlled crew change as stipulated in DGS Order 12 of 2020 dated 22.04.2020 and its addendum.
  3. Also, it is noted that seafarers serving on board tugs, pilot launch, mooring boats etc. operating exclusively within port limits for port operations are being asked to undergo quarantine of 14 days, post disembarkation from such vessels.   Seafarers serving on board the said vessels which are operating exclusively within port limits are NOT required to undergo quarantine of 14 days, post disembarkation from such a vessel.  The said seafarers are to be treated as port staff and necessary quick clearances and facilitation shall be provided by the ports for crew changes as applicable.
  4. It is also further instructed that Master shall ensure that all Indian seafarers serving onboard shall maintain daily records for temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respiratory rate. These said records are to be produced to appropriate authorities on request.

Please refer to the respective Port location document for further information.

OM dated 22.05.2020 regarding repatriation and traval abroad of Indian Seafarers and Crew
Crew Change Process – COVID-19 - Indian Crew in Indian Ports
Covid-19  Indian  Crew Change Process Flow Guide

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Limited  Free Pratique is granted , As per the latest Circular Received from DGS Order No. 04 of 2020 all the Minor and Major Ports confirmed that all the vessels coming from effective countries as per Addendum No.1 to DGS Order No. 04 of 2020 Dated 21.03.2020 Under DGS Order No. 4 article 13, ships coming from China are subject to mandatory 14-day quarantine. Under article 12, ships coming from infected countries are required to comply with conditions of Annex I, and if those conditions cannot be met, then under article 16 the PHO should impose a 14-day quarantine. The point here is that it is not a mandatory quarantine for ships coming from infected countries other than China.  It depends on PHO assessment except in case of those 7 ports who have issued their own notifications. 

Further please refer to the information provided by respective ports.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Port  Dhabol & Finolex Ratnagiri will be closed for all operation w.e.f  26th May, 2020 in view of approaching monsoon 

Port Vizag has reported LPG vessel delays of 5 to 7 days due to Ullage issues.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Available: Yes

Location Tuticorin: DGBT terminal have informed of Tariff increased, which is mainly related to containers.

KOPT-Trade circular extends waiver of 50% vessel related port charges @ Kolkata i.e on port dues/ berth hire & pilotage for Vessels coming from Port Kelang, Malaysia from 22nd March to17th May 2020.

Location Tuticorin: DGBT terminal have informed of Tariff increased, which is mainly related to containers.

Gujarat: GMB have indicated by email a tariff escalation of about 5% w.e.f. 1st April, which will be implemented on current SOR, Official Circular is awaited from G.M.B

Location Krishnapatnam, has announced a tariff change effective 15th May 2020

Vishakhapatnam Tariff increase circular (No 1255 1 & 2).

Paradip: Revised SOR w.e.f. 01.05.2020.  The changes are made in Page No.10 [ Clause No. 3.4 / Pilotage 2nd & 3rd slab ] only

Other Information

Guidelines on the measures to be taken by Ministries / Departments of Government of India, State/  UT Governments  and  State/  UT Authorities  for containment of COVID-19  in the country up to 31th May 2020.

(As per Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-1  (A)  dated  17th May, 2020]  has announced a 4th  lockdown , which will  remain in force up to 31st May 2020.

Presently the Tamil Nadu government announced lockdown till May 31 with relaxations for 25 districts. 

The relaxation will not be applicable in 12 districts i.e. Chennai, Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram, Thiruvallur, Viluppuram, Cuddalore, Ranipet, Thirupattur, Kallkuruchi, Thiruvannamalai, Ariyalur and Perambalur.

We await further directive from the respective states on the relaxation they will apply by districts.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by MHA (Annexure I) are still applicable.

  1. SOP on transit arrangement for foreign national(s) in India issued vide Order dated April 02, 2020.
  2. SOP on movement of stranded labour within States/ UTs, issued vide Order dated April 19, 2020.
  3. SOP on sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers, issued vide Order dated April 21, 2020.
  4. SOP on movement of stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons, issued vide Order dated April 29, 2020 and Order dated May 01, 2020.
  5. SOP on movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad, issued vide Order dated May 5, 2020.
  6. SOP on movement of persons by train, issued vide Order dated May 11,2020.

Civil aviation Circular on Travel and Visa Restriction relate to Covid-19:

Which reads that all schedules international commercial passenger services will remain closed till 1803 hrs GMT of May 3rd, 2020. This restriction will not apply to International all-cargo operations and lights specifically approved by DGCA.

Addendum No. 2 to DGS Order No. 04 of 2020 Date: 25.03.2020 which reads, Guidelines on rational use of Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE’s) - reg.

1. The Directorate has issued instructions to all major and minor ports for dealing with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic vide DGS Order No. 04 of 2020 dated 20.03.2020 (F. No. 7-NT (72)/2014).

2. Para 12 of the said order provided instructions with regards to additional measures for vessels arriving within 14 days from an infected region. Clarification has been sought with regards to the details of PPE and other matters as mentioned in annex 1 of the said order.

3. A video - conferencing was held to discuss various issues including the details of PPE and other matters as mentioned in annex 1 of the said order. During the deliberations, it was informed that the guidelines for rational use of PPE’s are already uploaded on 24.03.2020 in the website of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), Govt. of India, at www.mohfw.gov.in

4. Hence, in compliance with para 12 of the DGS order 4 of 2020, the following protocol will be followed by all major and minor ports:

4.1 Pilots or inspection staff embarking on vessel with no suspect case in ship, the risk is low and following protective gears are advised:

  • Triple layered mask
  • Gloves

4.2 If the pilot or inspection staff embarking on vessel which has a suspect case of COVID-19 in the ship, then the following protective gears are advised:

  • N-95 or equivalent mask
  • Gloves
  • Shoe cover

4.3      Port personnel embarking the vessel but not meeting the ship crew:

  • Triple layered mask
  • Gloves

4.4      Personnel involved in cargo operations are advised the following protective gears:

  • Triple layered mask
  • Gloves
  • Regular maritime PPE like shoes, helmet, working gloves etc. to be worn as per the existing practices of the ports

4.5 Hand hygiene at all times to be practiced.
4.6 Disposal of PPE: Disposal of PPE shall be as per the guidelines of MoHFW, Govt. of India, issued from time to time.

5. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are protective gears designed to safeguard the health of seafarer by minimizing the exposure to a biological agent.  There are several components of PPE and is use would depend on the risk involved in handling of patients or suspected cases.

6. Respiratory viruses that includes Coronaviruses target mainly the upper and lower respiratory tracts. Hence protecting the airway from the particulate matter generated by droplets / aerosols prevents human infection. Contamination of mucous membranes of the mouth and nose by infective droplets or through a contaminated hand also allows the virus to enter the host. Hence the droplet precautions / airborne precautions using masks are crucial while dealing with a suspect or confirmed case of COVID-19 / performing aerosol generating procedures.

7. The Directorate will continue to monitor the matter and keep all stakeholders updated on
any further developments as and when instructed by MoHFW, Govt. of India.

8. This issues with the concurrence of Ministry of Shipping and the Competent Authority of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India and with the approval of the Director General of Shipping to the Govt. of India 

DGS Order No. 05 of 2020 Instructions on dealing with Novel Coronavirus (COVID - 19), Which reads.
Further, instructions in relation to shore leaves of seafarers and seafarers who have travelled abroad were also issued.  In view of the rapid spread of Novel coronavirus COVID-19, the process of sign off and repatriation of seafarers has affected world over due to travel restrictions imposed by various countries in the world. In India, the operation of international flights has been prohibited. Restriction on domestic travel has also been imposed, as a precautionary measure in the country

Under these circumstances it may not be possible for the seafarers who have completed their contact, to travel to India or to move to their destinations within India. It is, therefore, advised that  Indian seafarers working either on Indian or foreign ships,  not  to sign off and be repatriated  from  their  ships except in  an  utmost emergent situation, as they are likely  to face serious challenges in international and domestic  travel, till further orders.

DG Shipping Order No. 06 of 2020, Regarding Extension to the validity of seafarers' CoC and Statutory Certificates, periodical Surveys and Audits of Indian Registered Ships in view of COVID 19 out break

the Directorate emphases with the current situation that is being  faced  by the  owners  and managers  of Indian  Registered  Ships  and  takes following  wider measures  due to COVID-19,  applicable  to all Indian ships, for  a period  of One month  from the date of issue of this order,  in addition  to acting upon their ship specific cases favourably and expeditiously.

Actions/or the force majeure arising due to COVID-19

aforesaid relaxations, the ship owner / managers will have to keep the records to be verified during the next scheduled audit of the ship company and penal action may be initiated if unjustified.

The validity of this order will be reviewed as the situation on spread check of COVID-19 unfolds
 
Addendum  no 03 to DGS Oder 04  of 2020

Reference to para 21 of DGS Order 04 of 2020, and Addendum 03 wherein it has been specified that the number of persons required to board the vessel is required to be kept to the bare minimum. It has also been specified in the said para 21 that personnel who may be required to board the vessel such as ship agents, cargo personnel, custom and immigration authorities etc. shall always be aware of the pandemic and have appropriate PPE while on board the vessel. All concerned are required to strictly comply with the aforesaid instructions and ensure that the shore personnel do not enter the accommodation area of the vessel unless absolutely necessary. The master of the vessel is also required to exercise due diligence to ensure that personnel entering accommodation area of the vessel is kept to the bare minimum and also ensure that the shore personnel are not permitted to remain inside the accommodation area after their work is completed. If the work entails substantial waiting period, the shore personnel shall need to remain outside the accommodation area during the waiting period.

It is further clarified that Indian nationals representing Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and experts required to the board the vessel for troubleshooting and repairs etc. may be permitted to board the vessel in Indian ports with appropriate PPE.

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Indonesia

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew Changes policy in all Ports shall refer to applicable condition both from quaratine and Immigration.

Health Protocol of incoming Indonesian citizens and foreigners from overseas during Covid 19

A. Every Indonesian citizen and foreigner who enters Indonesia must follow the Health quarantine procedures and additional health checks that apply in Indonesia.

Additional health checks include:

  1. Interview ( the Health protocol apply for Indonesian Citizens (Indonesian Migrant Workers,Student, trainees / Apprentices, Diplomats, seafarer and Others who have / holder Indonesian passport which return to Indonesia.
  2. And  Foreign nationality
  3. Those who arrived through airport or port are subject to check by port health officer or quarantine officer with interview, showing related document in term of Health issue.
  4. Check the temperature, signs and symptoms of COVID 19
  5. Oxygen Saturation Check
  6. Rapid Test and PCR examination

B. Every foreigner entering Indonesia must have a Health Certificate in English stating the results of COVID-19 negative PCR examinations. The health certificate is valid for a maximum of 7 days from the issuance of the health facility from the country of origin, and is validated by the Port Health Office doctor at the port / airport

  1. Foreigners entering Indonesia with Health Certificate (with Negative Covid 19)
  2. Additional Health Examination Except Rapid Test or PCR 
  3. If no diseases and / or risk factors are found in the health examination, Port Health Office issues health clearance and Health Alert Card (HAG)
  4. Can continue the Trip to the destination provide with a travel permit from the local COVID-19 Handling Task Force, and always wear a mask  during the trip.
  5. Undertake independent quarantine at his residence for 14 days, apply physical distancing, wear masks
  6. Health clearance is submitted to the representative of the country to be forwarded to the local Health Department so that monitoring is carried out during the quarantine period.

Foreigners who cannot produce a health certificate with a validity period of more than 7 days, or carry a health certificate but Can’t prove a negative PCR test result, then:

  1. Continued additional health checks including Rapid Tests.
  2. Foreigners’ who have comorbidities, if the results of a reactive Rapid Test are carried out referral and isolation measures to the emergency Hospital / COVID -19 Referral Hospital
  3. Foreigners who have no symptoms and do not have comorbidities with reactive Rapid Test results, are recommended to immigration officials for deportation
  4. If the results of a non-reactive Rapid Test are recommended to the immigration official for deportation.
  5. For foreigners who are crew members who will sign off in Indonesian territory are required to have a health certificate with a negative PCR COVID 19 , The period of validity of more than 7 days due to the long voyage, then:
  • Additional health checks are still in the form of interviews, temperature checks, COVID-19 signs and symptoms examination, and Oxygen  Saturation checks.
  • If no disease and / or risk factors are found in the medical examination, you can continue your trip back to his country ,Port State Office  issues health clearance and Health Alert Carri (HAG).
  • Undertake independent quarantine on ships / quarantine facilities if they cannot return directly to their country and while waiting for a trip back to their country under the supervision of the Port State Office, immigration officials and security forces.

For Aircraft Crews and / or Ship Crews Indonesian citizens who are carrying out their duties, an additional health check and rapid test are carried out.

  1. If the results of the rapid test are non-reactive and no disease and / or risk factors are found in the health examination
  2. Continue the trip by bringing health clearance and Health Alert Card (HAG).
  3. Undertake independent quarantine at quarantine facilities prepared by the responsible party, to carry out the next assignment schedule
  4. Apply physical distancing, wear masks, 
  5. A rapid test was performed again on the 7th day until 10 since the previous rapid test.
  6. If the results of the reactive rapid test are referred, a referral is made to the Emergency Hospital / Referral Hospital in the local area by applying the infectious disease referral protocol.

For more detail please send email to: Operations.jakarta@iss-marindo.com

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Preparation Ministry of Transportation for Repatriation of Indonesian crew on foreign Cruise vessels. Following three locations for debarkation

  1. Tanjung Priok Port, ( Jakarta )
  2. Benoa Port. ( Bali )
  3. Batam Port. ( Batam Island - Sumatera )

Principals who will repatriate Indonesia crew or Indonesian Migran Worker to contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( Directorate for Protection of Indonesian Citizens and the Consular Directorate) to inform :

  • The number of  Indonesian Crew / Indonesian Migrant workers 
  • Port of preference position of the Vessel.
  • ETA
  • The prospective agent to be appointed.

Then, the joint task force will determine the port of debarkation and the analysis and evaluation of regional readiness in terms of infrastructure to carry out the Covid-19 protocol.

At the same time, the principal agent can complete the CAIT and PKKA permits
CAIT : Clearance and approval for Indonesia Territory
PKKA : Foreign Ship Agency Approval
 
Furthermore, the joint task force will analyze the evaluation of the implementation , covid-19 protocol and Crew repatriation. Where as principal agents can prepare , boat tenders, quarantine mobilization buses, quarantine hotels, PPE drivers, and return tickets to the area of origin using advanced modes such as buses, planes or ships and take care of administration such as health certificates from Port health office and travel documents to anticipate the inspection carried out at the Check Point of the large scale social restriction that will be passed during the trip.

Implementation procedure cruise vessel crew,Covid-19 Health protocol and crew repatriation commencing from from the ship arriving at the port of debarkation, Port Health Officer board to conduct quarantine procedures, mobilization of crews with a boat tender to the  the Port followed by covid-19 inspection by the Port Health Office team.

For ship crews who are declare positive Covid 19, they are immediately taken to the Quarantine Hospital for regional referral, while for those who are negative, they can do quarantine at the hotel that has been provided by the principal while waiting for the readiness for continued transportation to the area of origin.  While in the hotel they continue to carry out independent quarantine for 14 days and get supervision and escort from officers and security personnel from the Indonesian Army and Police.

At the end, the quarantine of Crews will be completed covid-19 test for the last, if the negative results will continue trip to the area of origin .where the ticket costs bearing by principal agent.

Port and Terminal local regulation due Covid 19 are found in the following document:

PORTS & TERMINAL LOCAL REGULATIONS DUE TO COVID 19

Rebates and Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

No discounts or rebates for any vessel as announced by the Indonesian disaster mitigation agency and port authority.

There are increased costs for shipowners – up to USD 25 per Quarantine launch for health inspection at Quarantine anchorage

Palembang Port: Upto USD 850 for quarantine inspection at outerbar including payment for boat, land transport and overtime for health officers

Other Information

Jakarta large scale social restrictions will be reviewed by the local Govt on June 4, 2020. It will then be decided whether the policy will or will not be extended

Additional information:
Indonesia imposed a complete ban on all domestic and international passenger flights
The Restriction Domestic and international flights are valid from April 24, 2020 until June 1st, 2020.

This provision shall not apply to:

  • A flight carrying leader of state institutions or foreign envoys.
  • Aircraft engaging in special repatriation for Indonesians or foreign nationals
  • Air Cargo/ freight

The restriction also applies to land and sea transport

  • Land transport ban effective form April 24, 2020 to May 31st, 2020.
  • Sea Transport effective from April 24, 2020 to June 8, 2020.

No Port and Airport closures in regarding of this rule
The regulation was not impact with Port or Airport activity.

  • Restriction for passenger who using private vehicle 
  • Restriction for Public transport 

For more information pls send email to : Operations.Jakarta@iss-marindo.com


BATAM Port – Riau Islands

Vessel from the following port need to anchor at Quarantine anchorage for 14 days prior berthing at Batam country as follows:

  • Iran
  • Italia
  • Vatican
  • Spanish
  • France
  • German
  • Swiss
  • England
  • Korea
  • China

Example: Depart from Iran 24-03-2020 berthing At Singapore 31-03-2020 arrive at Batam 04-04-2020: so in this case your good vessel waiting 3 days more for possible to berth.

Note:

  • When Vessel arrive, quarantine Officer will be checking your vessel at Anchorage area.
    xtra cost applies (Boat hired & Quarantine)
  • Your good vessel will be berth, once check by Quarantine if no issue finds (Except vessel with last port of call mention above).
  • Please note that Vatican City and Switzerland though land-locked countries are included in the list, as any connection with these countries (such as crew transit or spare parts) would be taken into account for the purpose of this rule.

Kendari Port

Stevedore association Port Sampara - Kendari Southeast Sulawesi , announced they will cease all operations for two weeks from March 24th in view of the Covid 19 situation     

All Ports - Pertamina (Indonesia Oil major Company)

Under the PERTAMINA International Shipping has issue the covid 19 mitigation and prevention Instruction, as follow :

  1. In the next 14 days there is no crew changes. 
  2. In the next 14 days no crew can go to shore. 
  3. Avoid superintendent visits to ships. 
  4. If crew changes will be made after the next 14 days, then the replacement candidates must do self-quarantine starting 03/04/20. 
  5. If in a situation of urgency the crew must go ashore, a crew changeover is needed, or a superintendent visit is required, all change-over persons must report to and obtain permission from the local terminal leader. 
  6. If in an urgent situation & after obtaining permission from the local terminal leader, the crew traveling ashore must limit contact with others. 
  7. The ship Captain is not allowed to leave the ship when it is at anchor or docked. This will ensure the captain is able to monitor crew.  
  8. Meeting the food needs and operational needs of the ship to be communicated through agents so that the crew does not need to go ashore. 
  9. Strengthening supervision and restricting visitors who boarded the ship, and regularly measuring body temperature and cleaning hands with hand sanitizers for crew and visitors. 
  10. If there are symptoms or suspect COVID-19, isolation must be carried out on the ship and reported to the local terminal through an agent. 
  11. In the event of an emergency, you can contact Pertamina International Shipping HSSE Mr I Ketut Laba via mobile phone +62 811 8440 310 and email address iketut.laba@pertamina.com. 

The Policy has been extended until April 19, 2020.


ACEH Port

ACEH National Search and Rescue Agency currently unable to handle emergency calls from those who require Medical evacuation/attention.

They do not have permisison from immigration and health authorities to handle such cases
For more information pls contact us on : Operations.jakarta@iss-marindo.com 


Pertamina Port

The Policy has been extended until April 19, 2020. (Valid until new policy issued)
Indonesia oil Major Company – PERTAMINA

Additional Policy for those who boarding the vessel for all Pertamina port and terminal:

Health inspection procedures when boarding and disembarking at Pertamina Port.

  • The officer who boards and disembarks the vessel must have and carry a letter with medical clearance information, which showed no indications of COVID 19, issued by the local Pertamina Medical / HSSE Function.
  • When on board the vessel, in order to keep limiting physical contact with the crew, maintain hand hygiene, always use PPE and other equipment considered need, as well as using a minimum of a mask and gloves.
  • If they do not comply with these provisions, Master has the right not to give permission or refuse to anyone who will get on board.
  • Please ensure that the COVID-19 prevention protocol for boarding and disembark vessel, owned by PERTAMINA , can be implemented orderly, and communicated to related functions / agencies directly related to boarding and disembarking activities.

Under the PERTAMINA International Shipping has issue the covid 19 mitigation and prevention Instruction, as follow:

  1. No crew change until further information.
  2. For the next 14 days no shore leave.
  3. No superintendent visits to ships. 
  4. If crew changes will be made after the next 14 days, then the replacement candidates must do self-quarantine starting today. 
  5. If in a situation of urgency the crew must go ashore or a crew changeover is needed, or a superintendent visit need to do, all change-over person must report and obtain permission from the local terminal leader. 
  6. In an urgent situation, after obtaining permission from the local terminal leader through an agent, the crew traveling ashore must limit contact with others.
  7. Ship Captain to carry out strict monitoring of the crew not to leave the ship when the ship is anchored or when docked. 
  8. Meeting the food needs and operational needs of the ship to be communicated through agents so that the crew does not need to go ashore. 
  9. Strengthening supervision and restricting visitors who boarded the ship, and regularly measuring body temperature and cleaning hands with hand sanitizers for crew and visitors. 
  10. If there are symptoms or suspect COVID-19, isolation must be carried out on the ship and reported to the local terminal through an agent. 
  11. In the event of an emergency, you can contact Pertamina International Shipping HSSE - Mr I Ketut Laba via mobile phone +62 811 8440 310 and email address iketut.laba@pertamina.com.

Palu-Central Sulawesi        

Limitation of movement of goods and passengers policy from and into Central Sulawesi

  • Foreigners, foreign workers and migrant workers are not allowed to enter central Sulawesi by land, sea and air transportations.
  • Open & Closed applied for lands routes ( from 06:00 to 22:00) Daily

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes


Teluk Bayur - Padang - West Sumatera

To anticipate outbreak of Covid 19 at Teluk bayur Port , all in coming vessel shall carry out the following Procedure :

  • All incoming vessel and cargo are subject to inspection by Teluk Bayur Port Health Office 
  • If Master or Crew found with symtoms of being infected with Covid 19 , then:
  1. Evacuation of the Master and crew will be carried out by a referral hospital with evacuation procedures for infectious disease patients.
  2. Quarantine is performed, for ships, crew and cargos for 14 days.
  3. When indicated no infection from test result the cargo operation permited 
  4. The if the test results positive , then the vessel will still remain for qurantine in 14 days
  5. Vessel allowed for berthing and conduct the cargo operation , if no infection
  6. While vessel berthed no shore leave  and wearing face masks is mandatory.

Kendari - SOUTHEAST SULAWESI

Stevedore association Port Sampara - Kendari Southeast Sulawesi, announced they are will cease all operations for two weeks from March 24th in view of the Covid 19 situation.


Pertamina International Shipping (PT PIS)

Pertamina International Shipping (PT PIS), in this case, has the interest to manage all risks as low as possible with the potential spread of COVID-19 infections in the environment of ships operated by PT PIS, both owned and charter vessels.

Decided to take the following steps:

  1. No Crew Change permitted In the next 14 days
  2. Crew on board are not allowed go shore for the next 14 days
  3. No permit issued for superintendent visits to the vessel.
  4. If crew changes will be made after the next 14 days, then the replacement candidates must do self-quarantine starting today.
  5. If there are symptoms or suspect COVID-19, isolation must be carried out on the ship and reported to the local terminal through an agent.

In additional Report release from Pertamina International Shipping Management, The policy does not impact to Cargo Operation ( Discharge / Loading )


ACEH ( National Search & Rescue Agency )

The ACEH government decided to stop cargo operations activities and berthing.

The following port closures in ACEH ,effective March 26, till further notice.

  • Banda Aceh
  • Sabang
  • Calang

Only Port Lhokseumawe remains open.


Belawan Port – North Sumatera

Vessels from the following ports need 14 days for berthing at Belawan port:

China, Iran, Italia, Vatican, Spanish, France, German, Swiss, England & Korea

Example: Depart from Iran 24-03-2020 berthing At Singapore 31-03-2020 arrive at Belawan 04-04-2020 : so in this case your good vessel  waiting 3 days more for possible to berth. 
Noted 

  • When Vessel arrive, quarantine Officer will be check your vessel at Anchorage area. 
  • Extra cost apply (Boat hired & Quarantine)
  • Your good vessel will be berth, once check by Quarantine if no issue find (Except vessel with last port of call mention above).

Banjarmasin Port and Batu Licn

  • All Passenger vessel was not allowed berth in BANJARMASIN Port
  • All crew changes was not permitted in Banjarmasin Port
  • During in Port , Vessel Crew has not allowed go shore
  • Effective April 1st 2020

Batam Port - Riau Islands 

Vessel from the following port need to anchor at Quarantine anchorage for 14 days prior berthing at Batam port asf :
Iran, Italia, Vatican, Spanish, France, German, Swiss, England, Korea and China

Example: Departed from Iran 24-03-2020 berthing At Singapore 31-03-2020 arrive at BATAM 04-04-2020. In this example the vessel will need to wait for 3 days before berthing.  

All vessels are checked by quarantine officers at anchorage. 
Extra cost applies (Boat hired & Quarantine)
Vessels are cleared to berth once checked and cleared by Quarantine (Except vessel with last port of call mention above).


Palembang Port

Palembang Port Health office policy, for incoming vessel from infected country covid 19.
All incoming vessel 14 days from across China port shall drop anchor on Quarantine anchorage area for quarantine inspection, if indicate crew was infected covid 19 , Port Healt Office wil take action vessel and crew as health protocol and applicable procedures.

For incoming vessel from the following country:

  • Italy
  • South Korea
  • Iran

And outside the following city

  • Italy
    • Lombardi
    • Veneto
    • Emilia Romagna
    • Marche
    • Piedmond
  • South Korea
    • Daegu
    • Gyeongsangbuk-do
  • Iran
    • Tehran
    • Qom
    • Gilan

Vessel shall proceed to quarantine anchorage area for inspection, crew shall provide Health certificate from country origin.

  • For ship has coming from infected country covid 19 , the policy apply the same for vessel and crew.

According to procedure, port health protocol will carried out if vessel or crew has indicated with covid 19 issue.

From Infected country (Quarantine Status of Vessel)

  • Incoming vessel shall provide Marine Declaration of Health ( MDH)
  • For all crew will taking measure body test temperature apply
  • Port Health Office will issuing HAC for all crew

Palu Port

Vessel entering Palu Port during the spread covid 19 prevention policy

  • For Quarantine inspection purpose incoming vessel from an infected country shall drop anchor at a predetermined position.
  • Spraying disinfectant before inspected, supervise by Port Health officer
  • PPE shall provide by ship owner.
  • Crew are provide with port health declaration from last port of callRapid test tools kit are provide by ship owner ( to ensure does not crew are infected by Covid 19 )

Note : Rapid test conduct by Port Health office, Palu Port. When indicating crew are infected Covid 19, vessel will deny entering the port. If all above condition unfulfilled, then 14 days quarantine applied, counted from the last port


Padang Port 

Determination of quarantine status, for ships originating from the affected area COVID-19 in Indonesia

  1. Against vessel coming from infected area covid 19, must submitted arrival notification and application letter of inspection , by completing Crew list, Passenger List, and Voyage Memo 2 days prior arrival.
  2. Vessel coming from infected area covid 19 , shall flying Q flag , submit to Port Health Office of Marine Health Declaration
  3. Vessel coming from infected area covid 19 , shall proceed to Quatrain anchorage area for inspection.
  4. Permit issued once inspected by Port Health Office by issuing Certificate of Pratique

Surabaya and Gresik Ports

Transportation Service for Port Health Officer to Karang Jamuang- pIlot station

  • Transportation service available for Port Health Officer based on existing schedule Pilot Boat to Karang Jamuang Pilot station.
  • Health inspection fee are chargable to Port Health office while lump sum fee to agent /ship owner
  • Lump sum fee charge to all ships operating in TUKS ( Private Jetty ) for hiring a Pilot Boat as transportation Service, for quarantine inspection
  • Price is pilot boat hired per unit IDR 5,032,500,-  + 10% tax ( USD 320 approximately)

Effective February 2020.

Coordination of Preparedness and Anticipated spread of Covid 19

  • Ships coming from COVID-19 contracted countries 19 before entering Surabaya port

Required to go outer anchorage for inspection by the port health office, the location is between buoy 2 and buoy 3 West Surabaya Channel.

  • Transportation service available for Port Health Officer based on existing schedule Pilot Boat to Karang Jamuang Pilot station.
  • Health inspection fee are charge to Port Health office while lump sum fee to agent /ship owner
  • Lump sum fee charge to all ships operating in TUKS ( Private Jetty )  for hired a Pilot Boat as transportation Service, for quarantine inspection

Papua Port

Papua Port/airport entry restriction extended till June 06, 2020.

  • All entrances to Papua – air and sea - are restricted especially due to limited medical and health facilities
  • Only emergency food aid, medical equipment/ medicines and raw materials for construction are currently allowed in

TARAKAN- North Kalimantan

In order to prevent the spread of Covid 19 in TARAKAN Port , The following Policy apply for incoming vessel from country origin infected covid 19.

  • Incoming vessel shall proceed to Quarantine anchorage zone for an inspection by Port Health Office , the subject who will inspected was crew by checking body temperature measure and ship with spraying disinfectant.
  • Cargo operation permit issued once Port Health Office stated no indication Covid 19 from crew 
  • Master shall inform local agent , if crew member has health issue ( such as fever > 37 C , sore throat, flu , cough ) during cargo operation for immediate action from Port Health Office.
  • Social distancing apply on board
  • Shore permit issued for provision purchase only and with early information to agent, and local agent will provide escort for crew.

MAKASAR- South Sulawesi

Quarantine status determination for vessel or airplanes coming from covid 19 infected areas in Indonesia. 

  • The quarantine measures:
  • Vessel inspection by Port Health Office
  • Certificate of Pratique ( COP ) issuing
  • COP issuing fees applies as PNBP cost (non-tax revenue)
  • Take measurements of the crew's body temperature

East Nusa Tenggara (NTT)

NTT Port - Prohibition transporting passengers at the port of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) . NTT government banned passenger vessels and only allowing those vessels that transport food stuff. Effective April 13, 2020


Ambon Port

The Maluku provincial government will temporarily close the transportation infrastructure on Ambon Island as follow:

  • Yos Sudarso Port
  • Siwabesy Port / Gudang Arang “ Coal Storage “
  • Slamet Riyadi Port
  • Tulehu Port
  • Hitu Port
  • Galala Port
  • Hanimau Port
  • Waai Port.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: Yes

The temporary closure is only intended for passengers / people and is not intended for distribution of food stuff only Effective April 17, 2020 until May 1st, 2020.


Tanjung Priok Port

Tanjung Priok Port Authority Office provide recommendations to stevedoring companies, shipping companies and ship agency companies, who have registered to enter and work in the port of Tanjung Priok during the Covid 19 pademic, With due regard to the following:

  • Showing Company ID
  • Health protocol in covid 19 pedemic apply.
  1. PPE must be worn in Port, face masks in particular 
  2. Physical and social distancing policy apply
  3. Public transport utilized banned

Kuala Samboja Port- Handil , East Kalimantan

Procedure for Incoming vessels

Incoming vessel to Kuala Samboja port request to provide Company and Vessel information data to designated agent such as:
Company Information, Agency appointment letter, Foreign vessel agency approval, Vessel Operation Plan vessel with Indoneisian Flag, Vessel Information, Maritime Declaration of Health, Ship Particulars, Crew List & 5 (Five) Last Port of Call.

The above documents to be submitted to the Port Health Office, Immigration Office and Customs Office.

All  vessels arriving from Cvid 19 infected countries shall anchor for an health inspection from Port Health Office. for checking :

  • Health Quarantine Supervision
  • Public Health Emergency of International Concern 
  • Certificate of Pratique issued when no indicated health issue on board, and vessel can continued to berthing process.
  • During inspection , if any health issue found , vessel will not be permitted to berth. Port Health Office will instructed Master to proceed to Quarantine anchorage zone.

During Inspection by Port Health Officer , Master requested to hoise Q flag

  • Q Flag above 1st substitute Flag to indicate “Our Vessel is suspected"
  • Q Flag above L Flag to indicate “Our vessel infected"

Medical Checkup shall be conducted by stevedores is compulsory before boarding the vessel. Stevedore must have Health certificate issued by Port Heath Office. Once leaving the vessel, the same procedure shall be conducted.

This procedure applies to completion a period of Health Emergency Established by the central Government.


Bontang Port – East Kalimantan

For incoming vessels to Bontang Ports, the following procedures are required to be followed:

  • Body temperature measurement shall conducted daily once leaving the last port.
  • Submitting Marine Declaration of Health reported 1 Hours before arrival in Bontang port, Crew list, Voyage memos, and Body temperature measurement report during voyage to Bontang port as well.
  • Incoming vessel from country which indicate infected with Covid 19, shall drop the anchor before berthing process, for Health inspection from Port Health Office.
  • In term of Ship Crew Health condition during Cargo Operation, Master shall report to agent in case has Health Issue with Ship crew.
  • Body temperature measurement report shall attached, as well Marine Declaration of Health for clearance out requirement, before ship departure.
     

Related notices:

2020 Circular Note on additional measures 17 Mar 2020
COVID-19 MITIGATION AND PREVENTION ISNTRUCTION - CRUDE VESSEL


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Iraq

All Ports
Update: 24/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

In case of any crew susceptible symptoms of the virus infection, the responsible port authorities have to inform the health authorities before allowing the ship to enter the ports. Port Authorities require the following documents 72 hours prior to vessels arriving at Umm Qasr/KAZ Ports.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

The Iraqi government on Wedneday 8/Apr/2020 has extended the countrywide lockdown it imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic until 19/April/2020. A42Schools, universities, shopping centers and other large gathering places will remain closed, as well as the country’s Airports. The Iraqi authorities have taken several measures to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, including extending a nationwide curfew until April 19. To help Iraq cope with the coronavirus spread, a Chinese team of seven experts has been working with their Iraqi counterparts since March 7. Meantime, Umm Qasr Port remains open and operational. Customs and IPA is functioning, but with limited staff. Guidelines for Vessels calling Iraq ports: As part of the measures, procedures and precautions undertaken to curb the spread of Coronavirus through the border entries and ports, all ports must make sure that the ships which have berthed in the Chinese ports within the last 30 days submit a report issued by it Captain proves that all the crew are free from any illness symptoms including (high temperature, sore throat, coughing, breathing difficulties and other symptoms) which may indicate an infection of Corona virus. Port Operations in Basrah, Ummqasr and Kor al Zubair is continued as usual. At Basrah Oil Terminal, a Quarantine Doctor will board the Vessel immediately upon arrival for checking and then Free Pratique is decided. Ship's Master to provide following documents prior arrival:

  1. Last 10 Ports of call
  2. Health Declaration.
  3. Crew List

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Health Departments, security Departments, Governmental Bank Employees. Medical pharmacies and grocery Shops are exempted. The curfew has been imposed by Basra Governorate with penalties / imprisonment for violations. Internet network is limited. It has become imperative for local offices to take precautionary measures and have adopted Work from home policy to ensure that everybody stays safe and ensure business continuity while supporting the Basra Governorate’s initiative to curtail the spread of COVID-19. Our company management is trying to obtain exceptional passes for the Liner Department Team from Govt. officials / Customs so that they will be able to move during the curfew to Basra office for releasing the D/O to the clients.

Other Information

Iraq eased its coronavirus lockdown by letting some businesses reopen and relaxing a month-long curfew on movement imposed to curb the spread of the disease, the government said. The authorities acted days before the start of the fasting month of Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar where families tend to go out to shop in the evening. But this Ramadan will be different for Iraqis, as the new measures will allow freedom of movement inside the capital Baghdad only between 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. while maintaining a complete curfew on the Friday-Saturday weekend.

Under the new regulations, government offices can keep staffing levels at a maximum of 25 percent and some shops will be allowed to reopen, though malls, parks and mosques where large numbers of people normally gather will remain closed, a government statement said.

After May 22 the curfew continues and movement is only for authorized personnel. Meantime, Iraqi Government had further extended the Curfew until 01/June/2020.The EID Holidays has also been announced starting from 24/May/2020 to 26/May/2020.    
                                                        
Therefore, Umm Qasr Port operations and all the related Departments will be operating with limited Staff and delays are anticipated.


Related notices:
Iraq _Covid-19 Update_15 March 2020
IRAQ _COVID-19_IPA_CIRCULAR_16.02.2020


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Ireland

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Airports in Ireland remain open with no restrictions for people travelling from any area. Ships Crew are deemed essential workers and therefore are not subject to any quarantine regardless of where they arrive from.

Dublin Airport remains open however most airlines have grounded the fleets at this stage.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

As of yet there are no restrictions on any cargo vessels trading into/out of Ireland. The only requirement on vessels is to submit an MDOH minimum 24 hours prior arrival and provided all crew are healthy there are no issues. No vessels are being placed in quarantine regardless of previous port of call. All ports are still in operation.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None


Related notices:
Ireland-Belfast_V5 Ports Advice 310120


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Israel

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Please be advised that crew change in Israel can be done in accordance with the attached new regulations.
• It is very important to follow the instructions exactly , the procedures are not flexible and the Israeli authorities are very strict about it
• Sign off procedure is more simple than the sign on procedure
• There will be extra charges for protective equipment that will be provided to crew member by taxi driver
• The flight must be settled in accordance with the vessel, there is no option to the take crew member to hotel on the arrival to Israel and on departure

Crew Change Regulations

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

• All vessels arriving at the port of Haifa are at a high risk and the crew on board will not be allowed off the vessel to the dock.
• Health report must be sent to Ministry of Health 48 hours before arrival and 12 hours before arrival and get approval
• vessel must send 12 hours before arrival body heat measurement of all crew members
• all crew required to remain in the room during the operation beside one person who will be contact person with the port and agent
• One hour before arrival of pilot , vessel must clean the bridge and elevator areas
• vessel's gangway will be elevated while mooring in the port
• all crew must put mask and glove on board • Bridge team have to be with mask during pilot on board and keep 2m distance
• Before starting the operation a Nurse will come on board to Measure

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information
None


Related notices
Individual Entry Permit

Peronal Health Declaration
Coping with COVID19 - update 5-Mar-2020
Guidelines for crew members on cargo vessels  in Haifa port on 5 march 2020 plus


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Italy

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes, under strict rules and regulation and Health Authotithies permisson is allowed in some port by case to case basis. All Italian citizens and guests are ordered to absolutely avoid any movement into and out of the Italian & Regional territories, except for journeys motivated by indifferent working needs or situations of emergency. Movements within the same region is actually permitted

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All ships to request Sanitary Free Pratique regardless of last port and flag, same must be sent not earlier than 12hrs prior upto 4hrs before arrival to the e-mail address of the local Sanitary office indicated by local agent, with the following docs:

  • Maritime Health Declaration
  • Copy of Sanification exemption Certificate
  • Crew List and Passenger List
  • List of the ports called during the last 14 days

Any change in the Health Situation on the vessel MUST be notified to the Health Office also during the port stay. In the above regards Health Authority might request additional documentation on their discretion. The Health Office will decide whether to grant Free Pratique by VHF or by direct access on the vessel. No any delay for Vessel with a clean bill of health. No any additional health inspection needed for vessel with a clean bill of health. If vessel is not obtaining Sanitary free Pratique (i.e.: because arrive during night time) same have to avoid to enter the port territorial waters.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Suspension of cruise services, for Italian passenger ships, and blocking on arrival in Italian ports of cruise ships flying a foreign flag in force as from March 19th inst. For the time being same is in force until 3 April unless extended. Passenger ships flying the foreign flag engaged in cruise services will no longer be able to enter national ports.

All commercial cargo operations in all Italian ports will continue as per normal without impact on terminal operations, customs, warehousing and transport services. Iss-Tositti Srl & Iss-Augusta Srl continue to fully support all domestic and International customers and will monitor the situation closely and will issue subsequent updates promptly as necessary.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Revaits Available: No

On May 13th, it has been presented by the Prime Minister (in draft) the new economic decree for Italy. From this new decree have been cancelled any facilitation regarding the anchorage dues in Italian ports. All above as a foreword, as anticipated, as from May 1st anchorage dues have to be paid in all Italian ports.

Other Information

A new fine has been introduced for those who break the quarantine rules (staying at home). Minimum penalty Euro 400 to maximum penalty Euro 3000. Further restriction on national borders applied from 28th March last. Strong limitation on people who will enter or exit the national borders om April 10th Italian government extended the lockdown for the whole nation till May 3rd included. the government of the northern Italian regions made the use of masks mandatory as from April 6th for all the population Each terminal as its own PPE prescriptions. Commonly required to acces termianls: Body remperature under 37,5 C. Disposable Respirator, FFP3, Valved. Gloves. Hydroalcolic solution in order to sanitize hands available.


Related notices:
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Ivory Coast

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All international flights has been suspended therefore crew change is not possible at the moment. A curfew has been initiated, thus not affecting operations in ports. Crew member should stay on board during all vessel call and cannot be in contact at all with port installations, unless a special authorization is granted.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date. All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health at anchorage and this may impose 24 hours delay. Any suspected persons will be quarantined at a nominated hospital for blood testing. Vessel will only be quarantined at anchorage if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 14 days.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No specific measurements implemented by the port up till this date concerning inward clearance. No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries. No specific measurement announced for vessels with suspected cases, however individuals may be quarantined.

Other Information

All ships engaged in international voyages, staying in Port of Abidjan, must be fitted with an infrared thermometer. Thermometer acquired by the shipowner, must be used by staff responsible for the latter and trained in taking temperatures in connection with coronavirus (COVID-19). The results of this operation will be made available to the maritime health control based inside the port. Access to the ship by any port user who refuses to comply with this operation will be refused. 

Furthermore, it should be noted that, the issuance of shore passes to seafarers wishing to leave a stopping ship calling at the Port of Abidjan, is suspended until further notice.


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Jamaica

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

In an effort to curtail the spread and flatten the curb of this pandemic virus the Prime Minister last evening extended the order to close our borders to incoming passengers for another 14 days. This in effect means no crew members, Surveyors, Inspectors, Engineers or Superintendents will be allowed to land or transit Jamaica during this period. Borders are closed until 31.05.2020 and the government has not yet advised when they will reopen. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free Pratique is granted. Technical calls allowed. No cruise ships allowed. No shore leave permitted. Social distancing is mandated. Medical assistance is available for emergency cases only. Social distancing is mandated. 

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Vessel turnaround may be delayed. 

Other Information

Our ports remain opened to cargo traffic and all essential services are functioning. Measures to address the COVID19 pandemic including work from home, closure of the island’s borders to incoming passengers, social distancing, reduce work hours, etc will also be extended. No dates have yet been provided on the extensions.


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Japan

All Japan
Update: 19/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

The latest Immigration (Ministry of Justice) restrictions / measurements not to give landing permissions to:

Any persons (including crew members/passengers) who have visited/stayed at below areas within 14 days prior to arrival Japan are not permitted to land. 

Asia 
Republic of Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Taiwan, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Oceania
Australia and New Zealand.

North America
Canada and USA

Latin America
Ecuador, Chile, Dominican Republic, Panama, Brazil, and Bolivia

Europe
Iceland, Ireland, Albania, Armenia, Andorra, Italy, UK, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands,
Northern Makedonia, Cyprus, Greece, Croatia, Kosovo, San Marino, Switzerland, Sweden,
Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Czech, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Vatican City, Hungary, Finland, France, Bulgaria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Monaco, Moldova, Montenegro, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Romania, and Luxemburg.

Middle East
Israel, Iran Islamic State, Turkey, and Bahrain

Africa
Arab Republic of Egypt, Ivory Coast, Congo, Mauritius, and Morocco

Crew members/passengers who possess passports issued at Hubei Province /Zhejiang Province in China.

Any foreigners who were the passengers of WESTERDAM ex. Hong Kong.

Latest restrictions/measurements by Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

The validity of all the visas issued by Japan Embassy and/or Consulate General of Japan located in China and South Korea have been void. Visa exemption privileges for Hong Kong, Macau and South Korea have been lifted.

The validity of all the visa issued by Japan Embassy and/or Consulate General of Japan to people of below countries or visa exemption privileges of below countries have been lifted since March 9.

The 26 countries of the Schengen Agreement*, Ireland, Andorra, Iran, United Kingdom, Egypt, Cyprus, Croatia, San Marino, Vatican, Bulgaria, Monaco, Romania.

* 26 countries - Iceland, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg.

Latest restrictions/instructions/measurements by Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare:
Any visitors from below countries/areas are requested to stay 14 days at the Quarantine office designated hospitals/facilities and not to use public transportation services in Japan.

China, South Korea and following countries additionally:
The 26 countries of the Schengen Agreement*, Ireland, Andorra, Iran, United Kingdom, Egypt, Cyprus, Croatia, San Marino, Vatican, Bulgaria, Monaco, Romania.  

 U.S.A. (effective from March 26)
* 26 countries - Iceland, Italy, Estonia, Austria, Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Hungary, Finland, France, Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All the cargo vessels arrival/load/discharge/departure under normal operations while crew members who are classified as above are not permitted to land if any.

As for cruise ships, there is no official measurements but MLIT have been rejecting any cruise ships whether with or without passengers (technical call) calling to Japan.

Free pratique is granted if all of the crew members are on healthy conditions.
The latest questionnaire from quarantine office as follows: 

Questionnaire on COVID-19(As of March 23)
Please check following 3 questions on crew members and passengers on your vessel.

Q1. Is there any person who has stayed in the prevalent region in the past 14days?
Yes or No

People's Republic of China, Taiwan, Republic of Korea, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of
Singapore, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Malaysia, Republic of San Marino, Republic of Iceland, Principality of Andorra, Italian Republic, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Austria, Kingdom of the Netherlands, Swiss Confederation, Kingdom of Spain, Republic of Slovenia, Kingdom of Denmark, Federal Republic of Germany, Kingdom of Norway, Vatican, French Republic, Kingdom of Belgium, Republic of Malta, Principality of Monaco, Principality of Liechtenstein, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Ireland, Kingdom of Sweden, Portuguese Republic, Hellenic Republic, Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Poland, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Croatia, Republic of Kosovo, Republic of Bulgaria, Romania, Republic of Albania, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Islamic Republic of Iran, State of Israel, Republic of Turkey, Kingdom of Bahrain, Arab Republic of Egypt, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of Mauritius, Kingdom of Morocco, United States of America, Canada, Republic of Ecuador, Republic of Chile, Dominican Republic, Republic of Panama, Federative Republic of Brazil, Plurinational State of Bolivia, Australia, New Zealand

Q2. Is there any person who has contacted with person having symptoms such as fever or cough in the past 14 days? 
Q3. Is there any person who has contacted with infected person in the past 14 days? 

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information
None.


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Kenya

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change activities have been suspended untill further notice.  All international flights have also been suspended until further notice.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free pratique is granted upon screening of crew members by Port health. Documents required to be sent in advance Maritime declaration of health, crew list, voyage memo and ship exemption certificate. Techical calls are not allowed at the moment neither are cruise vessels allowed. No shore leave also. Yes, there are precautionary testing place at Mbagathi hospital and all level 5 Government hosiptals within the country. Social distance is also mandatory on all public places and public vehicles. Medical assistance also available incase a patient is identifed accordingly. All county Governments to set up quarantine testing centres and to prepare for any eventuality in the near future.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No Port closure in Kenya at the moment however delays of upto between 24-48 hours are expected .

Other Information

As of today in Kenya there are 1618 cases and 58 deaths reported. 421 patients have also recovered from Covid-19 and high risk areas identified as Nairobi, Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale respectively. Curfew was also effected untii further notice. During this period there should be no movements. Everyone is supposed to stay in doors except if a person is offering essential services. Incase found a person will be prosecuted. Government also expects to hire additional 5000 health workers to combat this pandemic. In addition there also no movements in/ out of Nairobi and its environs untill further notice Mombasa, Kilifi and Kwale counties there are also no movements in/ out untill further advised.. Both curfew and containment has been extended on the respective counties as per earlier advised. Eastleigh in Nairobi and Old Town areas in Mombasa have been contained untill further notice


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KPA PUBLIC NOTICE ON NOVEL CORONA VIRUS
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Kuwait

All Ports
Update: 14/05/2020

Crew Change
Restrictions: Yes

  • Are crew changes permitted? - NOT PERMITTED. Visa issuance is temporarily suspended for crew or visitor untill further notice. All inbound/outbound passenger flights has been suspended untill further notice.
  • Are boarders open? - Boarder are closed (except to freight)
  • Are any airports closed? - All inbound/outbound passenger flights has been suspended untill further notice.
  • What quarantine requirements are in place? - N/A (no crew change)

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Free pratique granted? - Yes, to vessels at anchorage or OPL by PMO(Health) officer.
  • What documents are required i.e. health declarations? - Master is requested to provide a statement, that all crew onboard are healthy and not having high temperature, sore throat, coughing or breathing difficulties.
  • Specific call restrictions based on previous ports called? - Only vessel coming from Iraq are not accepted in Kuwait.
  • Technical calls allowed - Yes.
  • Is shore leave permitted? - Subject to health officer approval.
  • Is precautionary testing in place? -  No COVID -19 test but  PMO (Health) officer checks each crew at anchorage.
  • At Ministry of communication we have to submit last 10 port clerance copies and 30 days vessel logbook in order to obtain Permission to enter in Kuwait water. 
  • Vessel arriving from Iran port - Kuwait is now accepting all commercial vessel coming from Iran. (Except small wooden vessel). As per MOC Circular no. (7) / 2020.
  • Vessel arriving from Iraq port - Kuwait is not accepting vessel coming from Iraq.
  • All vessel arriving in Kuwait ports have to follow IMO guidlines as per MOC Circular no. (5),(6) / 2020. 

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Delays: Yes

Estimated 1-2 days vessel have to wait at anchorage. Vessel will have to drop anchor at OPL (out of port limits) anchorage. The PMO (port medical officer) will come onboard for checking of the crew for any of the COVID-19 symptoms and clear the vessel for berthing and other operations. Fyi, the vessel will not be allowed to have shore leave, no disembarkation for offsigners, no supply of provision/bond stores, or any other service will be provided, until the vessel is cleared by quarantine (PMO) authorities. Port vessel moments, Health and customs is functioning 24 Hours.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Government of Kuwait imposed full Curfew till 30th May as a precautionary measure against COVID-19. Companies / employees of essential / vital industries who have curfew working pass are only allowed to go outside for work. Others can WFH. All port / Cargo operations are functioning normally. Ministry of Communication - Marine Dept is working virtually. PPE is mandatory in port alongwith handgloves and facemask.


Shuaiba & Shuwaikh

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Estimated 1-2 days waiting at OPL or Anchorage to get Health clerance by PMO officer. 5-7 days waiting for berthing turn due to vessel congestion at Shuaiba port. Port vessel moments, Health and customs is functioning 24 Hours. Stevedores (bulk & general cargo) Are now working round the clock (24x7) and can perform cargo operations subject to availability of transporter and readiness of storage facility of receivers. If there will be full flow of truck, stevedores can continue loading/discharging. Containers vessel operation continue 24 hours.


Mina Al Ahmadi & Mina Abdullah

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Port vessel moments, Health and customs is functioning 24 Hours. Estimated 1-2 days waiting at OPL or Anchorage to get Health clearance by PMO officer. Berthing / unberthing and cargo operations functioning normally.


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Jordan

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All borders, sea, air and land borders, are closed. All flights are suspended into/out of Jordan and this applies to all passengers until further notice. All information is valid until further notice.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

48 hours prior to arrival Aqaba, container vessels must provide Jordan Maritime Commission (JMC) with: 

  • The list of the ports called by the vessel for the last 30 days prior to calling Aqaba
  • The list of the previous 10 ports of calls before Aqaba
  • The names and nationalities of the crew on board the ship
  • Any crew change over the past 30 days with place, date and time of the change
  • Any crew member suffering from temperature above 37.5C

Vessel Entering Jordanian Waters

  • Jordanian competent authorities will check the temperature of every crew member at pilot station. Protective gear requirement for all parties handling the ship in Jordanian waters and at berth ie crew members and any officials, agents, visitors or terminal employees going onboard and/or being in contact with the crew: 
    • Face masks
    • Eye protection
    • Gloves
    • Use of hand sanitizers before and after boarding

Additional Requirements

  • Medical declaration for crew.
  • Filling Maritime Declaration of Health and sending back to agent in order to pass to concerned authorities’ prior vessel arrival
  • All above information is subject to changes without prior notice.

Crew are NOT allowed to go ashore or even to come down on jetty as per official instructions

All vessels are required to be fumigated before being allowed to berth at Aqaba

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port operation normally for commercial cargo operations.

Rebates & Tariffs Available

No tariff changes or rebates available in Aqaba.

Other Information

  • Borders remain closed and total suspension of all flights in/out of Jordan except for repatriation flights for Jordanian citizens – crew changes are still not allowed amid the closure of borders and airports
  • Partial curfew is in place, movement is allowed between 8 am and 7 pm (used to be 6pm but has been extended for one hour effective 12th of May)
  • Effective Wednesday 29th of April, citizens will be able to use their vehicles based on a system of odd and even license plate numbers, providing that the vehicles carry no Aqaba!A72more than two passengers at a time and are only allowed to move between 8 am and 7 pm
  • Effective Wednesday 6th of May, almost all business and economic activities will be allowed to resume work at full work force capacity subject to strict health and safety procedures
  • Effective Tuesday 12th of May, all public transport vehicles are allowed to operate at 50 per cent seating capacity, adhering to all public safety measures
  • No movement between governorates is allowed without a special movement permit, movement is only allowed within the same city/governorate
  • Comprehensive curfews are imposed every Friday where no one is allowed to move whether on foot or by vehicles for a complete 24 hours period.
  • Ports & Logistics remain operational on a 24/7 basis even during comprehensive curfews
  • Safety gear (gloves and masks) is now a legal requirement in all business entities for both employees and clients and failing to adhere results in legal action and penalties and possible closure of establishment
  • The Eid Al Fitr holiday will be observed from the morning of Saturday, May 23, until the evening of Monday, May 25, as per government recent announcement
  • The first day of Eid will see a total ban on vehicular movement, and people will only be allowed to leave their homes on foot between 8am and 7pm
  • On the second day of the holiday, citizens will be permitted to go out on foot and use their vehicles under the same mechanism currently in place from 8am to 7pm according to even or odd license plate
  • Public sector employees will return to work on Tuesday, May 26

Trucking, Shipping, Logistics and Customs:

  • Ports & Logistics remain operational on a 24/7 basis even during comprehensive curfews
  • Some impact on customs due to manpower reduction and health and safety procedures but little impact on flow of goods and clearance procedures
  • Trucks are exempted from all curfews and are allowed to work on a 24/7 basis.
  • Borders between Jordan and Iraq (Karama borders)/ Syria (Jaber borders) / King Hussein Bridge borders and Sheikh Hussein Bridge (for Haifa exports) is open – only back to back trucking is allowed and all types of cargo is allowed
  • Borders between Jordan and Saudi Arabia (Al Omari borders) is open – only back to back trucking is allowed with priority for medical supplies, pharmaceuticals and food products – all truckers are subject COVID19 tests and Jordanian drivers are quarantined near border for 17 days
  • All foreign trucks at all border crossings must adhere to back to back procedures where cargo is cross loaded onto Jordanian trucks for cargo destined to local market

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Latvia

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew change in Latvia is possible, subject to special permission from port authorities and strict quarantine COVID-19 requirements (direct transportation from the airport to the ship and without stopping and transportation time not more than 6 hours).

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Health declarations are required. Cargo/technical calls are allowed. Seaports closed for passenger traffic. Crew should stay on board as much as possible. Social distancing mandated. Medical assistance is available.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

None.


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Lebanon

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Pls note crew changes & shore passes are not allowed for the time being and until further notice.

Port Restrictions
None

Free pratique granted? YES
Documents are required i.e. health declarations? YES
Specific call restrictions based on previous ports called? NO Technical calls allowed NO
Cruise vessels allowed? NO
Is shore leave permitted? NO
Is precautionary testing in place? YES
Is social distancing mandated? YES
Is medical assistance available? YES

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information
Vessels coming from Italy might be detained on anchorage for 14 days prior to berth.


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Libya

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Pls note crew changes & shore passes are not allowed for the time being and until further notice. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Free pratique will be after 14 day after the vessel leave the last port Technical calls is allowed for urgent matter
  • Shore leave is not allowed
  • Precautionary testing in place
  • Medical assistance is available

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Quarantine is compulsory in all Libyan ports. Quarantine period: 14 days fm last port call. A committee from the Ministry of Health will visit ships to make the necessary disclosures for the Coronavirus. Loading & Discharging ops will be normal after Quarantine period: 14 days . After the expiry of the quarantine period, a committee from the Ministry of Health will visit the ship to make the necessary checks on the ship's passengers – No berthing until complete the quarantine period.

Other Information
The curfew on the citizens in Misurata city is 24 hours but Some vital facilities in the city such as Misurata port are still operating. The curfew on the citizens in Tripoli and other Libyan cities fm 0700 ~ 1400 l.t hours Some vital facilities in the cities (Benghazi, Tobruk, Brega , Misurata, Khums, Tripoli, Mellitah, Bouri and Farwah) such as the ports are still operating.


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Liberia

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All passenger flights have been suspended from 23.03.2020 at 2359 hrs lt. This does not include cargo flights. Crew change will not be possible at the moment.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date.No specific measurements implemented by the port up till this date concerning inward clearance. No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries. No specific measurement announced for vessels with suspected cases, however individuals may be quarantined. State of emergency and lockdown measures in place until 10.06.20.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Vessels with suspected crew on board will not be able to lower the yellow flag and will be requested to proceed to anchorage for a period of 14 days. Hereafter vessel will be requested to carry out another check before proceeding with usual inward clearance unless suspected cases found on board.

Other Information

None.


Related Notices:
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Lithuania

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Crew changes are now permitted.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Currently only Vilnius airport and borders between Russia, Latvia and Poland are open. Shore leave for the crew members is not allowed, all crew should stay on board.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

All ports open and working as normal with exception of cruise terminal.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

None.


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Madagascar

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes​​​​
  1. No request for crew change will be entertained until further notice.
  2. Shore leave for crew members is suspended until further notice.
  3. Lockdown extended until 31st May

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  1. on vessel's arrival (not waiting anymore for 14 days from affected POL), the quarantine officer will go on board for checking the crew. If all clear, pilot will proceed immediately for berthing. No agent nor boarding authorities allowed to go on board. All communications and documents (including port clearance) to done by email.
  2. Several other port operational restrictions. Please refer to note
  3. from Toamasina SPAT; 3. Complete ban of cruise ships since 15th March;
  4. Curfew in Tana and Toamasina from 2000-0500hrs

Port Closures &  Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No expected delays for now.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Travel Advisory: 
1. Lockdown extended until 17th May;

2. All International flights banned for next 30 days;
 

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Malaysia

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

The Government imposed  Conditional Movement Control Order will continue until June 9 to ease the partial lockdown implemented in March to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Most businesses resumed operations after nearly  2 months standstill and social activities will be allowed except for mass gatherings which would expose the public to Covid-19 infections.
Schools will remain closed and interstate travel will still be barred except for work purposes.
However, Malaysians are still prohibited from travelling overseas and foreign tourist and visitors are barred from entering Malaysia.
No crew change, visitor, sire inspector visit etc is allow during this period until further notice.
Foreign seafarers are not allowed to go on shore in any  Malaysia ports. 
Foreign seafarers are not allowed for sign on / sign off. 

Signing Off is only allow for :-

  1. Malaysian citizenship who has completed his/her term of service in accordance to his/her Seafarer Employment Agreement (SEA);
  2. Medically unfit to continue his service due to his physical condition, health (including mental health) or other criteria as determined by the Director of Marine;
  3. Has developed explicit COVID-19 symptoms

A seafarer who is signing-off due to the aforementioned circumstances, SHALL undergo a health screening and be subjected to any further instructions from the PHO. The replacement crew (sign-on) is ONLY PERMITTED for:

  1. Malaysian citizenship seafarer with valid seafarer’s identity document, discharge book, and Certificate of Competency (officers);
  2. Undergo a health screening at port and cleared by the PHO prior to signing-on.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All Cruise Ships are prohibited from entering any ports in Malaysia.

Any ships that have departed or transitted within the past 14 days from any countries that have been declared at risk (China, Italy,South Korea, Iran,or Japan) by Minister of Health Malaysia (MOH), shall be put in quarantine status upon arrival at Malaysian port and have to fly the Yellow Flag (Quebec) until cleared by the Port Health Officers. This order is also applicable to any ships where its crew member has explicit COVID-19 symptoms

Vessel  will be quarantine at pier or anchorage and Port Health Officers will board the ship for health check. All crew must undergo screening inspection by Port Health Officer and comply with the quarantine and isolation procedure, subject to approval from Port Health Officer.

Ships are allowed to carry out cargo operations if all crew members are in good health.
Prior to arrival, agent would requires the following information from the Master for submission to Port Health.

  • Health Questionaries ( to be fill-up as provided by agent)
  • List of Port Call (last 10 port call)
  • Crew / Passenger List

For medical evacuation, shipowner, Master, or agent, shall contact Maritime Communication Centre (PUSKOM) at +603-3169-5233/5201. to arrange for a suitable evacuation port.

The above guidelines are applicable for all the ports in Malaysia Ports.

Port Closures and Delays
Expected Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Teluk Rubiah Marine Terminal (TRMT) to halt operations from 25th March until further notice, 2020 due to staff safety concerns.  

Other Ports are still operating as normal with approx 1.5-2 hours delay due to Port Health Inspection. 

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Guidelines, Instructions and Recent Information of COVID-19 in Malaysia – by Ministry of Health.
http://www.moh.gov.my/index.php/pages/view/2019-ncov-wuhan 
 


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Maldives

All Ports
Update: 21/04/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Except Chinese crew members all other nationality can Embark / disembark from Bangladesh sea ports. Chinese nationality crew members joining and signing off suspended by Bangladesh Government Health Authority.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Demolition Vessels are quarantined for 14 days to stay at anchorage. Currnetly several vessels are quarantied at anchorage.
  • Shore leave is not permitted, health declaration forms to be submitted for all Port calls calls.
  • Cruise Vessels not allowed to call. 
  • Most of the Resorts and Hotels in the Islands is remain closed and tourists are restricted.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information
No passengers originating from, transiting to or with a travel history of said country/province to be permitted into the Maldives. Maldivians and spouses of Maldivians who are foreign nationals will be allowed in but may be subject to quarantine measures. pls visit for further update https://covid19.health.gov.mv/en/

Latest Updates / Country Effective / Date:

  • China Active from 04 February 2020
  • Iran Active from 26 February 2020
  • South Korea (North and South Gyeongsang Provinces) Active from 03 March 2020
  • Italy Active from 08 March 2020
  • Bangladesh Active from 24 March 2020
  • Germany (Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Baden-Württemberg) Active from 15 March 2020
  • Spain (All provinces and regions) Active from 15 March 2020
  • France (Île-de-France and Grand Est) Active from 15 March 2020
  • Malaysia Active from 17th March 2020
  • United Kingdom Active from 19th March 2020
  • United States of America Active from 18th March 2020
  • Sril-Lanka Active from 21st March 2020

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Malta

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No incoming commercial flights are allowed as of 21st March. No crew changes allowed. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • All vessels must be cleared by Port Health prior to port entry.
  • Requests from local work boats WTW / OTW are subject to Port Health clearance.
  • Conveyances involving crew changes WTW and OTW are NOT Permitted.  Crew changes are now also not permitted in ports .  
  • Conveyance vessels requesting to proceed to OTW are to process a normal arrival and departure notification and are also subject to port     formalities including Port Health clearance.  
  • A temporary ban is being enforced on the entry of cruise liners and passenger ships into Maltese port and territorial waters. As from 6th May the conveyance of personnel related to STS operations including Mooring Masters and Surveyors are as from today being permitted, subject to Port Health terms and conditions.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

All ports open and working as normal with exception of cruise terminal.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Additional precautionary measures  and instructions  to marine  terminals  and port  services providers

Further to Legal Notice  63 of 2020 (Period of Quarantine  (Extension of Countries) Order)  and Legal Notice
92 of 2020 (Travel Ban (Extension to all Countries) Order) issued by the Superintendent of Public Health, and to Port Notices 4 and 5 of 2020 issued by the Authority, the following measures shall apply to all vessels that have been cleared to obtain services in Maltese waters and ports:

  1. No crew members will be allowed to disembark from  the vessel throughout the duration of its call in
  2. Maltese waters  and ports.
  3. No shore personnel are allowed to board vessels unless there is a written authorisation from the Port Health Medic.  Maritime Pilots, Port  Foremen,  Port  Workers  and  Terminal  Personnel  involved  in cargo handling operations are exempted  from this provision.
  4. Personnel  authorised  to  board  vessels  are  to  keep  interaction  with  crew  to  the  minimum that  is reasonably practical.
  5. Bunker Barges and Service (Conveyance) Launches are to avoid contact  with crew members.   Crew of bunker barges,  crew of service (conveyance)  launches and technical  personnel such as surveyors and technicians  intending to board  vessels must obtain  a written authorisation from  the Port Health Medic and will be subject to mandatory quarantine once they disembark.

When  boarding  of  vessels and  interaction  with  crew  members  is necessary,  the  Authority  reminds all to implement the measures and take the necessary precautions as advised by the Superintendent of Public Health.

The Authority further  advises all responsible persons to:

  1. Immediately  report  any  unplanned  or  accidental  interaction  with  third  party  personnel  or  crew members to Port Health and comply with any instructions given.
  2. Ensure that  vessels  berthed  within  their  terminal  which  have  been  directed  to  follow  quarantine instructions comply accordingly.

Transport Malta is the Authority for Transport in Malta set up by ACT XV of 2009 

Transport Malta

Immediately  report  any  matter  or operation  that  does  not  comply with  the  provisions of this Port
Notice or the above mentioned Legal Notices and Port Notices to the Authority and Port Health.


Related Notices
04 of 2020 Coronavirus
10-20 COVID 19 - relevance of body temperature screening as a layer of protection
Health Declaration - Vessels in arrival rev2 4th March 2020
Model maritime declaration of health


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Marshall Islands

All Ports
Update: 03/04/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Total suspension of international travelers coming into the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI) via air travel until 05th May 2020. Temporary HALT of issuance of Shore Pass     

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All vessels required to serve 14 days quarantine

Port Closures & Delays 
Expected Closures: No
Expected Delays: Yes


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Mauritius

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Change
Restrictions: Yes

  1. No request for crew change will be entertained until further notice.
  2. Shore leave for crew members of vessels presently berthed at Port Louis is suspended until further notice. However, under exceptional circumstances shore leave will be granted provided that the shipping agent submit an application to the MPA/Port Health with valid justification.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

A protocol to service vessels calling at Port Louis having sailed less than 14 days from the last port of call has been finalised with the Health Authorities for further instructions please get in touch with the agent.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

  • Quarantine Officer needs to clear commercial vessels ar anchorage prior autjorising Pilot to Board;
  • Since 20th March, Stevedores handling bulk and conventional cargoes are woking up to 2100 hrs due to Covid-19 confinement.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Containers w.e.f. 23 March to 31 December 2020:

  • 1. Waiver of stevedoring charges on export laden ie USD 97.75 per TEU and USD 195.50 per FEU;
  • 2. Waiver of shore charges on export laden ie Mur 2,773 per TEU and Mur 5548 per FEU

Other Information
Travel Advisory:

  • Borders are closed to all Mauritian Nationals & foreigners to come to Mauritius until 1st of June;
  • National Restrictions: 1.National Health Curfew. No one is allowed to be out (unless special Access Pass issued by Police) from 2000hr on 23rd March to 2000hrs on 1st of June.

Related notices:
2nd coronavirus CommuniqueMPA
Corona Virus MPA no3
Coronavirus Mauritius MPA
Coronavirus Mauritius
MPA 4th Communique Corona Virus


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Mauritania

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change not possible any longer and airport has been closed since 17th of March for passenger traffic.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list + other documents. Vessels will be cleared at anchorage and screening will be done.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Some delays forseen.

Other Information
Vessels will be cleared at anchorage and screening will be done to determine if 14 days quarantine period will be imposed on the vessel. Authorities may determine if vessel are to go through 14 days quarantine from last port of call if vessel has called any blacklisted countries Land and air boarders closed until further notice. Curfew in place effective 1800 – 0800 hrs lt daily.


Related notices:
01 MAURITANIA CIRCULAR 13 02 2020

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Mayotte

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Requested for crew changes will be denied until further notice. No shore leave permitted.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • All cruise call (more than 100 persons on board) - complete ban in all French departments and territories;
  • Incubation period of 14 days for any person entering Mayotte territory from air and sea;
  • For Vessels: MDH 48h-24h-3H before arrival;
  • Restriction of persons and authorities coming on board ;
  • If any suspect case, call phone '15.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
Travel Advisory:

1..Incubation period of 14days for any person entering Mayotte territory from air and sea;
2. All flights cancelled unless for sanitary purposes.

National Restrictions: All persons should remain at their home, unless obliged: - For work which cannot done from home - Looking for provisions - Looking for persons in difficulty or child guards - Individual sport nearer home Special permission to be produced and checked by policemen;


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Mexico

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes:
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are not permitted.

In the GULF OF MEXICO: - Crew change is not allowed / Suspended for any type of crew at Tampico-Altamira, Veracruz, Coatzacoalcos and Dos Bocas. - In Ciudad del Carmen, is allowed with restrictions.

In the PACIFIC side: Crew change in the Pacific side is banned for any type of crew at the following ports: Ensenada, Guaymas, Mazatlan, Rosarito, Topolobampo, Lazaro Cardenas, Manzanillo, La Paz and Acapulco.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Vessels coming from risk areas, the communication is held at the anchorage area.
  • When entering to port, all personnel must wear face masks and gloves.
  • The visits of technicians, inspectors, superintendents, etc. are suspended. In the event that a crew member needs permission for a medical visit, the health authority will have to visit the boat before authorizing the visit. 
  • The vessels must send the maritime health declaration every 24 hours. 
  • No waste disposal at the Port of Coatzacoalcos

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information:
No banned travelling to Mexico Airports at 50% capacity for international and domestic flights
Mexico is in phase 2 Major cities are lockdown.


Related notices:
Crew Change cancelled - Dos Bocas - MEXICO
Travelers who arrive into Mexico from infected countries
Health Alert_ U.S. Embassy Mexico City _ U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico
Nota_informativa_SALUD_RELACIONES_EXTERIORES_060220.
Comunicado_Tecnico_Diario_COVID-19_2020.03.12
OFICIO 59 CONTENCION EPIDEMIOLOGICA COVID-19


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Montenegro

All Ports
Update: 26/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew are prohibitted from leaving the vessel, except in extreme medical urgency. No possibility for sign on/off.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All non-cargo traffic is suspended in Montenegro so this vessel is not admissible, also all sign on/off currently suspended even for cargo related vessels.

No crew shore leave allowed.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information
None


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Morocco

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes allowed. Borders and airports are closed. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Free pratique is granted after the sanitary officer goes on board.
  • The documents required are Health certificate , crew members / passengers health form as attached , crew list with details of the ports of embarkation of each crew member.
  • No specific call restrictions based on previous ports called. 
  • No restrictions on the calls. 
  • Shore leave is not permitted. 
  • Medical assistance is available. 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information
None


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Mozambique

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

From 23.03.2020 for 30 days Mozambique have cancelled all visas. Visas issued will be cancelled. Government is putting more efforts by controlling borders and no international flights are coming to Mozambique.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

The Council of Ministers has enacted Decree No. 12/2020, of 2 April 2020, whereby it approves the administrative implementation measures for the prevention and containment of the spread of COVID-19 that will apply for the duration of the State of Emergency declared by the President of the Republic through Presidential Decree No. 11/2020, of 30 March 2020, and ratified by the Parliament via Law No. 1/2020, of 31 March 2020.
 
The following issues are noteworthy:
 
1.    Article 3 – Quarantine – Mandatory home quarantine of 14 days for: (i) everyone who have entered the Country during the last 2 weeks; (ii) everyone who has had direct contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases; and (iii) those people in respect of whom the health authorities have ordered active surveillance. In addition, COVID-19 infected persons must stay in an appropriate health facility for treatment.   
 
2.    Article 6 – Special protection – Those aged more than 60 years old, those who have certain eligible disease and pregnant women are subject to special protection. When they have an employment relationship they enjoy priority in terms of dispensation from rendering work at the workplace.
 
3.    Article 7 – Requisition of health services – All doctors, nurses and other health staff outside the National Health System are subject to a civil requisition regime. The Minister of Health shall be responsible to implement this regime.
 
4.    Article 8 – Suspension of Issuance of Official Documents – The issuance of a number of official documents is suspended. The following seem more relevant from an operations standpoint: (i) travel documents, (ii) real estate registry documents; (iii) vehicle registration documents; (iv) legal entities registry documents; (v) licences; and (vi) NUIT – single tax identification number.
 
5.    Article 9 – Suspension and Cancellation of Visas – The issuance of entry visas and the cancellation of previously issued visas are temporarily suspended.
 
6.    Article 10 – Validity of Expired Official Documents – Certain official documents are valid until 30 June 2020, even if they have already expired. This includes IDs, driving licences, temporary visas and DIREs – foreign citizen residence and identification document.
 
7.    Article 11 – Licences and Authorizations – During the State of Emergency, licences, authorisations and other types of administrative acts remain valid regardless of their validity.
 
8.    Article 12 – Limitation on entrance and exit of persons – Only some border crossings remain open (all listed). The same applies to airports – among others, Inhambane, Vilanculos and Maputo remain open. And ports – Nacala, Beira, Quelimane and Pebane and Maputo remain open.
 
9.    Article 17 – Functioning of Public and Private Institutions – Subject to observance of COVID-19 prevention and control measures, public and private institutions continue to operate. Certain additional prevention matters are adopted. The staff at the workplace shall be reduced to a number not exceeding 1/3, with teams rotating every 15 days. This reduction is not to be confused with dispensation from work and remote work may be adopted by each employer. Governmental officials of higher ranking continue to fulfil their duties in full.
 
10.    Article 19 – Individual Protection Measures – Public and private institutions that carry on operating shall ensure essential conditions of individual protection of their staff and customers and comply with health authorities instructions.
 
11.    Article 22 – Industrial and agriculture activities – The entities involved in industrial or agriculture activities shall ensure the deployment of COVID-19 prevention and control measures as necessary to protect their staff who carry on working.
 
12.    Article 23 – Essential Goods Import Licencing – An exceptional licencing regime shall be implemented to facilitate and simplify the import of foodstuffs, medicines, biosafety material, diagnosis tests and other essential products.
 
13.    Article 26 – Collective transport of goods and persons – Limitations on collective transportation of persons are to be applied – both in public and private collective transports.
 
14.    Article 28 – Safeguard of employment relationships – Termination of employment relationships for absence from the workplace as a result of the COVID-19 prevention and control measures is forbidden. Disciplinary action continues to be possible, though, in respect of employees who continue to be required to work during the period of the State of Emergency.
 
15.    Article 32 – General cooperation duty applicable to all citizens and public and private entities.
 
16.    Article 37 – The breach of the restriction measures provided for in the Decree qualify as a criminal offence of disobedience.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Master to send declaration to agent advising crew and passengers situation on board and vessel which passed through country affected with Coronavirus / Covid 19 prior arrival in Maputo must take 14 days. If she arrives at Maputo before 14 days she will stay at anchorage till complete 14 days. On 15 day she will come alongside and prior she comes health will inspect vessel at anchorage when pilot goes on board. Health will do inspection and If crew found in good health vessel will proceed to berth and all authorities will go on board soon she is alongside for formalities.

Other Information

Duty Pilots are to make use of issued personal protective equipment (PPE), protective facial masks, gloves and long sleeve shirt when boarding any vessel to protect themselves, even if the master has declared all onboard are healthy. The disposable PPE is to remove after every vessel and placed in a sealed plastic bag. The Pilot transport vehicle and the pilot boat will be provided with designated hazardous waste containers


Related notices
MOZAMBIQUE ADDITIONAL MEASURES COVID-19


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Namibia

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes
All crew changes are restricted and will only be allowed / considered on very special occasions. Less used borders are closed however major trade route borders are still open. Airports still open however many airlines are restricted / suspended. People arriving in Nam from high risk areas are to undergo a 14 day quarentine. Screening done at point of arrival for tempreture.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

10 previous port call list required with health decalration before entering port limits. No cruise vessels allowed. Cargo vessels still permitted but with restrictions on crew movements. Agent contact with vessel to be limited and full PPE (gloves and masks) must be used before boarding vessel. Port meeting have been suspended, updates provided electronically.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No closures implemented.

Other Information
PPE to be used when boarding vessels, however boarding vessels to be limited and only when needed. Minister of Health informally warned that Namibia could soon face lock down as well, similar to South Africa. Confirmed cases remain, first Namibain national case confirmed on 23 Mar 2020.


PORT WALVIS BAY

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All crew changes are restricted and will only be allowed consideration on a case by case basis. Some borders are still open. Aitports still open however, many airlines are restricted or suspended. People arriving in NAM from high risk areas are to undergo a 14 day quarenetine. Screening done at point of arrival for temperature. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

10 previous port call list required with health decalration before entering port limits. No cruise vessels allowed. Cargo vessels still permitted but with restrictions on crew movements. Agent contact with vessel to be limited and full PPE (gloves and masks) must be used before boarding vessel. Port meeting have been suspended, updates provided electronically.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No closures implemented.

Other Information
PPE to be used when boarding vessels, however boarding vessels to be limited and only when needed. Minister of Health informally warned that Namibia could soon face lock down as well, similar to South Africa. Confirmed cases remain, first Namibain national case confirmed on 23 Mar 2020. 


Related notices:
NAMPORT COVID-19 Update - 17 March 2020


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Netherlands

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All Schengen Area Member States have approved a plan proposed by the EU Commission which closes the external borders of the territory, for at least till June 15, 2020 to halt the further spreading of the COVID-19. The travel ban will affect all non-EU nationals from visiting the bloc. The exception to the EU entry Ban for transport personnel engaged in haulage of goods sees to container ships, bulk carriers, tankers, fishery, personnel engaged in the energy sector, meaning oil- and gas platforms, windmill parks and offshore companies providing services to this sector. To prevent the spreading of the virus as much as possible an extra condition is set with regard to disembarking third country nationals. When disembarking, evidence of an airplane ticket (or other means of leaving the EU) must be presented to demonstrate that the seaman is leaving the EU as quickly as possible and the transport to the location of departure must be arranged. Travelers departing from high-risk areas must have a health certificate before they can board the airplane. Travelers from high-risk areas are also urgently advised to go into 'home quarantine' for 14 days. Government measures ; keep 1,5 mtr distance at ALL times. Avoid crowds. If you see that it will be difficult to keep 1.5 meters away: go away. Wash your hands regularly, Cough and sneeze on the inside of your elbow, Touch your nose, mouth and face as little as possible. Do not shake hands. Crew transfer with minibus ( max 2 pers ) to safeguard 1,5 mtr social distance. In case crew travels by public transport ( not recommended ) from June 01,2020 ALL passengers aged 13 and over will be required to wear a non-medical face mask on buses, metros, trams, and trains. This requirement does not apply in stations, on platforms and at stops. The fine for not wearing a mask is €95. You are advised to wear a non-medical face mask on public transport before 1 June too.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

ALL seagoing vessels calling Dutch ports must submit a Maritime Health Declaration, regardless of the situation on board. In case of deviations from the Maritime Health Declaration, Port Authority will contact the Municipal Health Service for recommendations about the reported case. A yellow quarantine flag is not necessary in the Netherlands. No restrictions for vessels to enter port, except for cruise vessels ( see ports for specification ). Shore leaves are strictly discouraged. Crew members are only permitted to go ashore for medical reasons.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Not Applicable, Dutch government designated Dutch ports as vitally important processes, both for the Netherlands and for consumers and producers in the European hinterland. Shippers, shipping companies, manufacturing industry, consumers. Dutch Ports areas also have several vital functions that needs to be protected, like the production of energy, the processing of waste, and the supplying of drinking water.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information:
https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/what-are-we-doing-in-the-netherlands-in-response-to-the-coronavirus https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/what-are-we-doing-in-the-netherlands-in-response-to-the-coronavirus
https://www.rivm.nl/en/novel-coronavirus/questions-and-answers-novel-coronavirus#039;s%20Novel%20coronavirus%20in%20China
https://cruiseexperts.org/clia-agents/covid-19-update/


Rotterdam

Port Restrictions

ALL seagoing vessels calling Dutch ports must submit a Maritime Health Declaration, regardless of the situation on board. In case of deviations from the Maritime Health Declaration, Port Authority will contact the Municipal Health Service for recommendations about the reported case. A yellow quarantine flag is not necessary in the Netherlands. Shore leaves are strictly discouraged. Crew members are only permitted to go ashore for medical reasons. No restrictions for vessels to enter port, except for cruise ships. Since cruise ships have a sizeable number of crew members on board, these vessels could potentially put considerable pressure on local healthcare. To assess whether the crew members can be effectively treated on board, the Municipal Health Service {GGD) will be submitting extra questions and setting additional requirements regarding which medical facilities are found on board the cruise vessel that can be used to control a possible infection. In this context, the vessel is required to submit a Plan of Action (see Appendix 1) in addition to the Medical Declaration of Health (MDoH). This Plan of Action will be evaluated by the GGD. Cruise ships will only be allowed to enter the port if they have arranged a berth. Public berths can be reserved for maximum one week at the most, and there are only a limited number of lay-by berths at terminals in the port area. If no berth can be guaranteed, there will be no point in sending your cruise vessel or vessels to the port of Rotterdam. After the various authorities have received and evaluated the aforementioned information, they will jointly determine whether your vessel will be granted entry to the port of Rotterdam.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Not Applicable, Dutch government designated Dutch ports as vitally important processes, both for the Netherlands and for consumers and producers in the European hinterland. Shippers, shipping companies, manufacturing industry, consumers. Dutch Ports areas also have several vital functions that needs to be protected, like the production of energy, the processing of waste, and the supplying of drinking water.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

For all invoices with an invoice date up to Oct 1st, 2020 at the latest, a standard extension of the payment term by 14 days applies, without interest and/or additional costs being charged for this extension. Your current payment method remains the same.

*These temporary covid-19 payment arrangements listed above do not apply to invoices and instalments already paid or collected before April 6th 2020. Port of Rotterdam reserves the right to change the terms and the conditions of the corona payment arrangements at any time.

Other Information
https://www.portofrotterdam.com/en/shipping/port-health-authority


Amsterdam

Port Restrictions

No restrictions for vessels to enter port, however the Port of Amsterdam have closed the port for all sea and river cruise vessels until further notice. ALL seagoing vessels calling Dutch ports must submit a Maritime Health Declaration, regardless of the situation on board. In case of deviations from the Maritime Health Declaration, Port Authority will contact the Municipal Health Service for recommendations about the reported case. Vessels must submit the Maritime Health Declaration - regardless of the situation on board - to the Port Operations Centre in IJmuiden (+31(0)20 5234600, option 1 or via VTSadmin@portofamsterdam.com with copy to ISS.Amsterdam@iss-shipping.com. In case of deviations from the Maritime Health Declaration, Port of Amsterdam will contact the Municipal Health Service. If it turns out to be a ship on which someone is suspected of being infected with the coronavirus, there is a chance that the ship will be referred to the port of Rotterdam. In Rotterdam there are better facilities available for combating infectious diseases. In this case, the relevant Municipal Health Service (GGD) will transfer medical information to the Rotterdam Municipal Health Service. Port of Amsterdam will take care of the nautical handling and transfer to the port of Rotterdam. A yellow quarantine flag is not necessary in the Netherlands. Shore leaves are strictly discouraged. Crew members are only permitted to go ashore for medical reasons.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Not Applicable, Dutch government designated Dutch ports as vitally important processes, both for the Netherlands and for consumers and producers in the European hinterland. Shippers, shipping companies, manufacturing industry, consumers. Dutch Ports areas also have several vital functions that needs to be protected, like the production of energy, the processing of waste, and the supplying of drinking water.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Avaiable: No

For all invoices with an invoice date up to Dec 31st, 2020 at the latest, a standard extension of the payment term by 14 days applies, without interest and/or additional costs being charged for this extension. Your current payment method remains the same.

*These temporary corona payment arrangements listed above do not apply to invoices and instalments already paid or collected before April 6th 2020. Port of Amsterdam reserves the right to change the terms and the conditions of the corona payment arrangements at any time.

Other Information

https://www.portofamsterdam.com/en/news-item/corona-protocol-coronavirus-marine-traffic


Flushing Terneuzen Area

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

ALL sea and river cruises have been cancelled until further notice, no restrictions for other vessels to enter port.

Dutch governments announced stricter measures to prevent the further spread of coronavirus. North Sea Port is adhering to these measures. At the same time, North Sea Port is continuing to focus on keeping the port operational where it is possible and safe to do so.

Wherever possible, North Sea Port and the companies will continue their operational activities in complete safety. Strict measures already apply to shipping before it can call at North Sea Port. The arrangements already agreed – in consultation with the national health services GGD (for the Netherlands) and Saniport (for Belgium) – will continue to apply:

  • In the case of shipping, vessels must, as usual, complete the Maritime Declaration of Health. This procedure is closely coordinated with the health services.
  • The Maritime Declaration of Health must be completed 24 hours before entering the port.
  • If even a single question on this form is answered 'yes', the health service is immediately alerted.

Several terminals have now introduced additional questionnaires or temperature measurements.
There are no ships in quarantine in North Sea Port at this time. 

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Not Applicable, Dutch government designated Dutch ports as vitally important processes, both for the Netherlands and for consumers and producers in the European hinterland. Shippers, shipping companies, manufacturing industry, consumers. Dutch Ports areas also have several vital functions that needs to be protected, like the production of energy, the processing of waste, and the supplying of drinking water.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information
https://en.northseaport.com/update---coronavirus-actions-and-measures-in-north-sea-port-to-keep-the-port-operational-and-combat-coronavirus--23-march-2020


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New Zealand

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

New Zealand closed its borders at 23:59 25/03/20.

Owner/Managers  need to be advised that as New Zealand remains under different levels of lock down ; crew  visas and  flights to and from NZ are very limited. Crew movements are only allowed through International NZ airports for arrivals( no onward carriage to other NZ ports). 
Marine crew arriving by air to join a vessel are to travel immediately and directly by private transport to the vessel where they will complete 14 days of self-isolation.  Advice on self-isolation is available on Ministry of Health website. https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public/covid-19-self-isolation-close-contacts.
 
Marine crew arriving by sea must self-isolate on the vessel for 14 days until they departed from after overseas port OR took on new crew (ie 14 days from the last day of possible exposure to a case). Shore leave is not permitted during the self-isolation period. If the crew or border staff need to interact, vessel and border staff should follow the advice on personal protection for border staff. During level 3 (and level 2) crew will need to follow the same requirements as everyone else in New Zealand.
 
Once any period of isolation or quarantine is completed, all crew will also need to follow the same requirements as everyone else in New Zealand, currently Alert Level 3.
 
On the rare occasion a marine crew needs to depart a vessel recently arrived in New Zealand the crew will be required to go immediately into self-isolation for 14 days from the date the vessel departed the last international port of call OR took on new crew (ie 14 days from the last day of possible exposure to a case). The vessel (or employer) will need to meet the costs of isolation on shore.

Port Restrictions

Restrictions: Yes

NZ remains in lockdown having shifted to level 3. This level is Forecast to remain until 13th May. 

Free pratique can be granted by submission of pre arrival docs. Tech call allowed subject to Government approval. Cruise is banned until 30/6/2020.  Government  port health and local porthealth  docs required to be submitted at all subsequent ports after the first port. Social distancing is mandatory. Steveodres also require a pre - arrnged agrement with the ship on PPE, etc. Delivery of light stores, etc are only to the base of the gangway.

Port Closures & Delays

Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No port closures. Some labour retrictions on a ship by ship basis as the lockdown may prevent staff attendong the vessel. Expecct delays.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No 

Other Information

New Zealand is on level 3 restrictions until 13th May 2020. At this level more essential industries including export and import businesses are allowed to operate, under health guidelines. Travel is still restricted and airport boarders
remain closed. 

On Monday 20th April the Prime Minister announced that New Zealand will stay at Alert Level 4 (AL4) until 23.59 on Monday 27 April, when we will transition to Alert Level 3 (AL3). It was also announced that over this next week businesses will be allowed to safely start getting ready to open. The order enabling business preparation is at -https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/pages/covid-19-section_701m_amendment_21_april_2020.pdf .

The AL4 restrictions on movement and isolation introduced by https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/pages/covid-19-section-701f-notice-to-all-persons-in-new-zealand-3-april-2020-v2.pdf have been amended to expire on 27 April by  https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/pages/covid-19-section_701f_extension_and_amendment_21_april_2020.pdf. 

Full details can be found at https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-current-situation/covid-19-epidemic-notice

Maritime Industry Update 024 issued yesterday pointed you towards the Worksafe website for transition to AL3. Today, the Ministry of Transport has issued AL3 information which may be found at 
https://www.transport.govt.nz/about/covid-19/#alert3 .

Maritime NZ has issued a general guideline on COVID 19 impacts and interim measures. This is at https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/covid/documents/COVID-19-impacts-and-interim-measures.pdf

Separately, Maritime NZ has notified industry members affected of temporary exemptions to two Maritime Rules regulating lifting appliances on foreign ships operating in New Zealand waters. Details can be found at https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/commercial/ships/default.asp
 


Related notices:
New Zealand (CLIA Update12FEB20


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Nigeria

All ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

  1. Crew change are not allowed as all Nigeria borders are closed.
  2. All Country land borders and airports are closed. But only returning Nigerians, diplomats and residents are allowed entry but are subjected to supervised self-isolation for 14 days after arrival.
  3. Self-Isolation centres are in place for those that have tested positive to Covid-19.
  4. An intensive national risk communications campaign is ongoing to inform Nigerians about Covid-19.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  1. Free Pratique is granted after physical inspection of vessels by health officials.
  2. Authorities required also;
    • Last 10 port call list
    • Crew list 
    • Maritime Declaration of Health Form. 
  3. If you have been to any of the countries mentioned of high risk, you will not be allowed into the county.
  4. Technical calls maybe allowed but cruise vessels are not allowed. 
  5. Shore leave are not permitted to all crew.
  6. Precautionary testing kits are readily in place with health workers for check. 
  7. Social distancing is mandatory to everybody. 
  8. Medical assistance are available to all including those that tested positive to covid-19.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

NOTICE TO MARINER, LAGOS PILOTAGE DISTTRICT - NIGERIA

  • Every vessel calling at Nigeria Seaport from Covid-19 affected countries like France, Italy Spain, Germany, UK, USA, China, Switzerland, Netherland, Belgium, South Korea, Australia, Turkey, Iran, Japan, Austria, Portugal etc. will only be allowed into Nigeria Seaports when Port Health Service has established that the vessel was continuously sailing for minimum of fourteen (14) days prior to arrival.
  • A vessel calling At Nigeria Seaports from Covid-19 affected country, and was at sea for only ten (10) days, such vessel is expected to remain outside bar for Four (4) days to complete fourteen (14) days before applying for Health Clearance from the Port Health Service.
  • A vessel that was continuously sailing from her port of departure for fourteen (14) days but called at a port in West Coast Country before arriving Nigeria Seaports, will apply for Health clearance from the Port Health Service in Nigeria on arrival
  • A vessel that arrived West Coast Country and did crew change, is expected to report to inform the port Health Service of the crew change before applying for the Health clearance.

Other Information

  • Malls / Supermarkets are open for the public but with strict control of number of person to access them at one time to avoid being over crowded. 
  • Churches, Mosques, Night clubs and sports activities has been suspended for now.
  • International & Domestic flights are still suspended from their normal operations at all airports
  • Emergency and Essential flights are exempted from this restrictions.
  • Government has reduce cost of domestic PMS (Petrol) from N145 to N125 Naira only per litre.
  • Demurrage is allowed since ports are open for operations. Cargo agent will only make reference for waiver should it be that their consignment arrived port within the stiipulated date. 

Forcados Terminal

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Health authorities are to go ahead of other authorities and meet vessel at outer anchorage, performed their inspection. Port health will grant vessel free pratique after physical inspection of vessel. Vessel can as well be denied entry if find not healthy or risky and quarantine will be recommended.


Tincan Island

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Lagos State will be lockdown but Port will be open for operations with strict supervision by the authorities. On March 24, 2020, the Governor of Lagos State has orders the closure of all markets and stores in Lagos State except markets that sell food, water, drugs and other essential lifesaving items from Thursday 26th March 2020 for 7 days.


Onne, Bonny Island, Port Harcourt

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: Yes
Expect Delays: No

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has announced partial lockdown of Rivers State. He also suspended operations of night clubs, cinemas and public parks as part of measures to prevent the coronavirus pandemic. Though the state has not recorded any positive case of the pandemic, Wike has been rolling out measures to stop the virus from getting to Rivers, including closing public and private schools and directing restrictions in religious and transport activities.


Related notices:
Federal Ministry of Health - COVID Press Statement 27-02-2020


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Norway

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Crew change is possible despite a general stop in all travel to Norway for foreigners without work permit. All main airports are open. 14 days of quarantine for all travellers entering the country (except for sailors who travel directly from airport to vessel; vessel is then defined as quarantine object). No specific screening other than self declaration on health. On and off signers must travel directly from/to airport/ship. No overnight stay in hotel allowed. They must also have a confirmed ticket and available and confirmed flight out of Norway.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Maritime Health Declaration to be completed by Master. Also a general self declaration on visits abroad during last 14 days and health status. A full stop in all shore leave, off and onsigners to travel directly to airport. Technical visits possible but must be part of crew/supernumerary to be accepted for travel. Shore leave also prohibited for cruise tourists.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

All port open for goods, services and operations. General policy from authorities to keep shipping services 100% operational.

Other Information

This statements relates to all Norwegian ports - smaller local deviations


Related notices
Foreign nationals with no symptoms of coronavirus infection may leave Norway
Guidelines regarding seafarers signing ...n ports - Norwegian Maritime Authority
Information about quarantine after traveling outside the Nordic countries
NORWAY - Information to partners of the Norwegian Coastal Administration Pilot Service
Norwegian Directorate of Health update on 12th march 2020


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Oman

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew sign on / off is not permitted. (To stop the entry of Non-Omanis to the Sultanate of Oman through all land and sea border posts and via air except GCC citizens. The decisions shall take effect from Tuesday 17 March 2020)

Guideliens for General Travel:
Ban on entry of all non-Omanis to the sultanate's territories via all Sultanate's Airports, exceot the Citizens of Gulf council countries and passengers with resident visa. Imposition of quarantine on all passengers arriving in the Sultanate of Oman via all airports including Omani Nationals and passenger with Resident Visa. Transfer of passengers are allowed to travel through Sultanate of Oman Airports subject to the Publich health measures and the mechanism of ensuring compliance to all Ministry of Health's "Air Travel Guidelines".      

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Any vessel calling Omani port must take the written approval from quarantine department with the following documents, submit quantrantine department written / stamped approval to port control for approve vessel rotation number - Maritime Health Declaration / Crew sign on & sign off details / Last 10 port of calls / Crew list
  • Garbage reception is suspended until further notification
  • Sign on / sign off facility will be approved only in case of emergency, Security embarking / Disembarking at anchorage will be permitted subject to quarantine approval.
  • Passenger vessel is permitted only for bunkering operation at anchorage.  No other services will be provided.
  • Motor Yacht (without passenger) is permitted only for bunkering operation at anchorage.  No other services will be provided.
  • If vessel is coming from China, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Egypt lesss than 14 days, Shore personal are permitted with proper PPE's only to board vessel on main deck for cargo operation.  NOT PERMITTED TO ENTER INSIDE VESSEL ACCOMODATION.  

Port Closures & Delays
Expected Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information

All exchange houses closed and no option to provide CTM. All Govt. offices closed. No isues regarding penalties for extending visas.


Muscat

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port Sultan Qaboos service launch vendors have informed that all service launch boats movement will be suspended to preventive measures for COVID-19, until 22nd April 2020, In view of this, all inward & outward clearances with local authority will be performed electronically.


Related Notices:
Oman Infection Prevention and Control Guideline for Ports of Entry
 

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Pakistan

All Ports
Update: 18/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change not allowed at anchorage / berth due suspension of in/out flights to/from Pakistan and lockdown due to COVID-19       

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All types of vessels calling Pakistani Ports without any problem (subject to Port Health Department clearance/free Pratique and no crew members on board the vessel having symptoms/infected with COVID-19). In case any crew having COVID-19 on board vessel will not be allowed to berth at any Pakistani Ports

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port working normal without any delay/closure.

Other Information

The Government of Pakistan had extended lockdown and suspension of International flights until 31st May 2020..


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Palau

All Ports
Update: 23/03/2020

Here are some key roles for the carriers and agents taking immediate effect which will be executed on KHI V189W onwards:

  1. Each vessel entering Palau MUST contact Port Control via VH radio 30 MINUTES BEFORE ARRIVAL AT PILOT STATION.
  2. The usual authorities Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Transportation along with Ministry of Health team will be conducting on board crew inspection and clearance at the pilot station before pilot boards the vessel. Hence, please ensure each vessel has all of usual required documentation ready for the authorities upon boarding
  3. After pilot station clearance, the vessel will then proceed to berth for the regular arrival formalities
  4. Although not mandatory at pilot station arrival, the medical team urges each crew to wear masks during clearance at the pilot station.

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Panama

All Ports and Panama Canal
Update: 28/05/2020

PANAMA CANAL

Crew Changes:
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes permitted while in the canal control zone. CTM's are only delivered in case is fully necesarry and attended case by case.

**As of 28th May there are plans to reopen airports 26th June. Crew changes are expected to follow. However, crew changes are still not allowed. 

Port Restrictions:
Restrictions: Yes

All transiting vessels must adhere to the following protocols established by the ACP in response to COVID-19.

  • All vessels are required to report the health conditions on board through the Panama Maritime Single Window System (VUMPA). In case of non-compliance and/or providing false information, the vessel will be subject to penalties and/or transit restrictions.
  • All vessels are required to report through VUMPA if and when crew changes took place at ports with confirmed COVID-19 cases within 14 days prior to arrival at Panama Canal waters. All information reported through VUMPA will be verified prior to the vessel’s arrival.
  • Upon arrival at Panama Canal waters, a Panama Canal admeasurer will call the vessel via VHF radio to confirm whether there are any crewmembers or passengers on board showing virus-related symptoms.
  • The Panama Canal admeasurer will then embark and verify the Maritime Health Declaration information previously submitted and confirmed by the master through VUMPA. The admeasurer, after embarking, will again verify with the vessel’s master or officer in charge that there are no passengers or crewmembers on board showing COVID-19 virus related symptoms.
  • Should there be any suspected cases of COVID-19 on board, and, due to the severity of the symptoms, it could be concluded that there is a contagious disease on board,the Maritime Health Unit of Ministry of Health will be called to embark the vessel.            
  • During this time, boarding and disembarking will be prohibited and the yellow quarantine flag will be flown, denoting that the ship is under quarantine.
  • The next steps will be determined following Ministry of Healh inspection.
  • Ministry o Heatlh also communicated to all shipping companies that they are required to report any crewmembers or passengers on board exhibiting illness-related symptoms, regardless of whether they are related to COVID-19 or not.    

Closures & Delays:
Expected Closures: Yes
Expected Delays: No 

Canal remains operational.  

Please note that some of these measures must be implemented before ACP employees board these vessels, and include, but are not limited to the following:

  • One hour prior to the boarding of the ACP inspector and pilot, wipe down the boarding facilities, pilot cabin, elevator/stairway, as well as the entire bridge, to include the chart table, navigational equipment, chairs, helm, entire console, handrails, windows, door handles and toilets, with a 5% solution of bleach water or equivalent disinfecting solution.
  • Minimize the number of crewmembers standing by at the pilot boarding station.
  • Periodically disinfect any surfaces that the pilot or crewmembers have come into contact with, such as binoculars, radar control panels, ECDIS control panels and VHF radios.
  • Periodically wipe down toilets designated to be used by ACP linehandlers, as well as working area.
  • Allow only essential personnel inside the navigation bridge while an ACP pilot is on board.
  • Any crewmembers intending to enter the bridge must wash their hands and face prior to entering the bridge, and once inside the bridge, must immediately wash their hands again. A supply of alcohol-based hand sanitizer must be maintained on the bridge.
  • Close contact should be avoided at all times, maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 meters or more, whenever possible. All coffee cups and utensils must be washed thoroughly immediately prior to being used by the ACP pilot.

Advisories to shipping will show the latest measures form the canal https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/index.html

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Available: No

Effective May 4, 2020, the waterway will implement temporary changes to the requirements for the placement of booking guarantees and advance payment of reservation fees when the reservation is confirmed. Customers will be allowed to place the guarantee for the payment of the booking slot prior to the vessel initiating transit. 

Due to concerns regarding the adverse effect that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on world trade, and the shipping industry in particular, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announces temporary modifications to requirements for the placement of booking guarantees and advance payment of reservation fees when a reservation is confirmed. Beginning at 0900 hours Monday, May 4, 2020, until 0859 hours Tuesday, September 1, 2020, the following modifications will be in effect:

Transit reservation requests for all booking periods submitted during this time period will not require the placement of a booking guarantee, nor will require payment of the booking fee at the time the slot is awarded. However, the guarantee shall be placed prior to the vessel beginning its transit. 

Substitution of booking slots will not require the placement of the guarantee for the substituting vessel. If the substituted vessel has already paid the reservation fee, it will be refunded after deducting any additional charges that may apply.  Swaps between vessels without guarantees, or between a vessel with guarantee and another vessel without guarantee, will not require the placement of guarantees in order for the swap to be approved. Nevertheless, these vessels shall have their guarantee placed prior to beginning their transit. 

Similarly, booking date changes and Daylight Transit Service requests will not require the placement of a guarantee in order for the date change or the Daylight Transit Service to be approved. The corresponding guarantees shall be placed prior to the vessels beginning their transit. 

Cancellation of booking slots that do not have a guarantee already established will require the placement of the guarantee that covers the amount of the cancellation. Booking slots that have already been allocated and the guarantee has been placed will not be refunded.

Res. J.D. No.032-2020 - English
Circular DGPIMA-012-CCP-2020 - English

Other Information

Panama Canal Implements Temporary Relief Measures for Customers Amid Economic Uncertainty 
Waterway makes adjustments to reservation system, offering flexibility to customers faced with economic uncertainty

Panama City, Panama, April 29, 2020 -- To help mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Panama Canal announced today a temporary adjustment to its reservation system that will provide customers with added flexibility and relief. 

Effective May 4, 2020, the waterway will implement temporary changes to the requirements for the placement of booking guarantees and advance payment of reservation fees when the reservation is confirmed. Customers will be allowed to place the guarantee for the payment of the booking slot prior to the vessel initiating transit. 

“The Panama Canal has served customers for over a century’s worth of ebbs and flows, and so we know the importance of adaptability and partnership during this time,” said Panama Canal Administrator Ricaurte Vásquez Morales. “The months ahead will be challenging across our industry, but we aim to help reduce the financial burden for our customers today so we can all stand ready for a brighter future tomorrow.”

The measure will be in place for 120 days, lifting on September 1, 2020. It comes as the result of dialogues between the Canal’s leadership team and industry leaders, during which the Canal collected input on how to best provide support to its customers.

In January, the Panama Canal began implementing measures to safeguard its sustained operations, the health of its workforce, customers, and the crew of ships in transit in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In March, the waterway instituted heightened procedures, including a reduction of on-site staff to only those essential for transit operations, and mandating their strict compliance with protocols set forth by the Panamanian health authorities.

The Panama Canal remains committed to providing industry-leading environmental, time and cost savings to shipping lines and shippers who want to take advantage of Panama’s all-water route and strategic geographic position. As such, the waterway will continue to operate normally and with a full contingency of personnel needed to sustain transit operations for the time ahead.

Advisories to shipping will show the latest measures form the canal https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/index.html

There are currently curfews in place so the free movement of people in the country is restricted currently there is a curfew from 1700 to 0500; this will be affecting surveyors and other suppliers for customers, it is our recommendation that customers reach out to confirm attendance prior to the intended operation. The following procedures will be implemented for all small craft below 20 m (65 feet) in length overall (LOA) effective April 09, 2020: 1. Upon arrival at Balboa Anchorage or Cristobal Breakwater, the small craft shall contact the corresponding signal station announcing its arrival and requesting anchoring instructions, if applicable. 2. All crew and passengers arriving in Canal waters on board pleasure yachts are required to remain aboard under observation and surveillance by Panamanian authorities for a period of not less than 14 calendar days, regardless of port of origin or amount of days atsea. 3. Upon completion of this 14 day period, they will be evaluated by the Ministry of Health (MINSA) to determine if there is any risk of contagion. Likewise, the master/skipper shall report to Canal and Panamanian health authorities if any passenger or crewmember on board shows virus-related symptoms or any other sickness. 4. In order for personnel on board to properly maintain quarantine, all transit arrangements shall be made by a representative ashore, such as a local agent or the corresponding marina where the small craft is anchored or moored.

https://www.pancanal.com/common/maritime/advisories/2020/ADV-04-2020.pdf

Panama canal maintain guidelines that every vessel arriving canal water coming from infected countries have to inform 96 hours prior arrival. 

 


PANAMA

Crew Changes:
It is possible to have offsigners with the explicit approval of the sanitary department (please reach out to us on details) however the international airport is closed. Other husbandry services remain available.

**As of 28th May there are plans to reopen airports 26th June. Crew changes are expected to follow. However, crew changes are still not allowed. 

Port Restrictions:
Any vessels arriving which have been to any country with confirmed cases of the virus, and having identified any suspected case on board demonstrating any of symptoms, report this condition to the agent who will update the Panama Maritime single window (VUMPA) within 30 days prior to their arrival. CTM's are only delivered in case is fully necesarry and attended case by case. Cruise Port Calls are restricted if they coming to the anchorage for fuel and or/ supply, we need to create the visits within the system and this information will take a period of 48 to 96 hours to review this information and approve or deny the arrival of the vessel.

Closures & Delays:
None

Rebates & Tariffs
The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) Gazette the attached resolution today which means any vessel over 500GRT which is laid up in Panama will have the anchorage dues waived for a period of time.

The time is 60 days for foreign flagged ships and 90 days for Panama flagged ships.

The anchorage costs are 0.01 per GRT per day.
 

Other Information
From March 25th curfew stablished is restricted on 24hrs ; this will be affecting surveyors and other suppliers for customers, it is our recommendation that customers reach out to confirm attendance prior to the intended operation. 

Anchorage Dues JD N 074-2020 (English version)
Anchorage Dues JD N 074-2020
 


PETROTERMINAL DE PANAMA

Crew Changes:
No crew changes permitted.

**As of 28th May there are plans to reopen airports 26th June. Crew changes are expected to follow. However, crew changes are still not allowed. 

Port Restrictions
At Puerto Armuelles & Chiriqui Grande to overcome the challenges related to the implementation and compliance of the measures preventing measures by the Minister of Health descision have been made to NOT make any boarding of International Ships. Currently the terminal is boarding the ships upon departure and the agent is attend only if necessary. CTM's are only delivered in case is fully necesarry and attended case by case.

Closures & Delays:
Terminal is operational.

Other Information
From March 25th curfew stablished is restricted on 24hrs ; this will be affecting surveyors and other suppliers for customers, it is our recommendation that customers reach out to confirm attendance prior to the intended operation. Accident occurred on Puerto Armuelles (Pacifiuc Side) Terminal 2, vessel hit the pier letting it un-opperative for some time. This migh cause delays on the operations.


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Papua New Guinea

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew Change in PNG suspended, 
Boarders are closed to all inbound travellers, unless exempted by the Minister of Health
Jacksons Airport Port Moresby is open to outgoing travellers only
Domestic flights commenced in a limited capacity, strict travel requirements in place and some provinces remain closed for air travel.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Health officials board vessel at quaratine zone at designated clearance ports, Port Moresby, Lae, Madang and Rabaul.
All last China port call 14 day quarantine period in place, this is a fluid situation and other countries may be added to qurantine requirement
Technical calls subject to requirement.
Cruise ships banned for 60 days
No precautionary testing in place
Social Distancing is not manadated but should be practiced at all times
Medical assistance is available  

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

All vessels are likely to experience some clearance delays at PNG ports due to Health Officials resources being stretched conducting risk assessments.  

Madang
As of 30th March, Madang port has resumed normal operations. 

Basamuk
Basamuk port operational, clearance at Madang prior to shifting to Basamuk as per normal condition

Rabaul
Rabaul port has been delisted as a designated first port of call in PNG due to a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the province, all international ships must clear at either Port Moresby, Madang or Lae proceeding to Rabaul. This restriction may be lifted towards the end of April 2020.

Wewak
PNG Ports have placed a pilot at Wewak to access vessels. The port is fully operational.

Oro Bay
PNG Ports plan to place a pilot at Oro Bay. We are waiting advice as to when relocation will occur.

Alotau
PNG Ports to place a pilot  at Alotau we are waiting advice as to when relocation will occur.

Kavieng
PNG Ports to place a pilot  at Kavieng we are waiting advice as to when relocation will occur.

KMT
All Vessesls bound for KMT must be cleared in and out of Port Moresby Outer Pilot Station

Other Information

PNG declared State of Emergency 23 March. Code Orange.

  • State of Emergency has been extended for a further 60 days to midnight 31 May 2020
  • We expect to see some lockdown restrictions relaxed on Sunday 5th April, however Crew Change will not be one of them.  

Related notices:

Paupa New Guinea03MAR20
Health Declaration Form (V8)-28022020

CoV Gazettals 17 March 2020


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Peru

All Ports
Update: 26/05/2020

Crew Changes:
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes permitted.  All Peruvian boarders are closed. Airports are closed for passengers, however are working for cargo transport only.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free pratique granted for cargo vessels ,reception of vessel must be on bay with health and migration officers only / cruise vessels calls are suspended for 30 days. Technical calls allowed. Vesses must send a health declaration before arrival. No shore leave permitted. No testing in place. Medical assistance available with health authorities coordination control.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

NO PORTS CLOUSURES BY COVID-19 - April 28th - after finding some cases of COVID 19 in port Terminals APM and DPW ,there are congestion and delays with transit of containers due lack of personnel

Other Information

THE COUNTRY IS UNDER CURFEW FROM 20:00 HRS TO 05:00 HRS BUT PORT TERMINALS AREWORKING NORMALLY /QUARANTINE IS EXTENDED BY 13 DAYS MORE UNTIL APRIL 12th / March 30th according new government comunication, CURFEW is Extended from 18:00 to 05:00 hrs /April 02 - new government provision - Authorized transit of persons= men (Monday,Wednesday and Fiday) ,women (tuesday,thursday and Satusday) , Sundays No Transit allowed , April 8th - Government notice indicating CURFEW for Thursday 9 th and Friday 10 of April by Esatern Holidays, -DPW terminal Callao reported two cases of stevedores with COVID 19 detected before entering to operative area, Terminal is working normally.- APRIL 12th 0ne case of COVID found in APM Terminals(container sector) ,they stoped 16 hrs container movs , other piers/casgoes working normally,APRIL 22 . cufew is extended until Apr 30 from 18:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs and Sundays all day , quarantine continue at tne moment until April 27 /according Government last announcement quarantine is extended to May 24, today starts the economy recovery with first step of the plan and part of the Industry working, May14 -new Curfew time from 20:00 hrs to 05:00 hrs MAY 23 emergengy status extended until Jun 30 and new curfew times (from 21:00 to 04:00 Hrs), some delivery business are working since monday 25


Related notices:
DS 009 2020 Suspended cruise calls SP-ENG
DS 008 2020 suspended flights SP-ENG


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Philippines

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

All vessels coming in from above stated ports beyond 14 days from their last port of call in CHINA, including HONG KONG, MACAU are allowed, provided they will report upon entry to Philippine quarantine zone that there are no ill person on board.

Note that the 14-day quarantine starts from the day the vessel sailed out from the affected area. Moreover, once the vessel arrives at the quarantine anchorage, a Yellow Flag must be raised to show that she is still on a 14-day quarantine. This goes to all ports in country even if the operation is only at anchorage.

Disembarking filipino crew may be allowed with quarantine/Immigration clearance.
Vessel to make comprehensive crew condition report in past 30 days before entry in Philippine ports. Medical chest log record will be submitted to BOQ for verification of medicine given to crew on board and master may send pre general health declaration of crew condition onboard. Joining subject approval of Immigration head office.

The intent of filipino embarking/disembarking crew first master/manning agent may submit passport / seaman book and to follow above procedures.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Please be informed that on 12 March 2020 the President declared a Community Quarantine for Metro Manila. Private and Government Offices are advised to work at home or skeletal workforce. This has been extended until 15 May 2020.

All domestic travel Land, Air and Sea are banned in Manila.

Foreign vessels: limited shore contact (Port procedure applies)

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No


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Poland

All Ports
Update: 7/5/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Since 4 of May 2020, borders are open for crew and no 14 days quarantine is required. Crew members must have a proof of employment (contract), SB and Passport. Crew changes are possible, but each case must be accepted by Immigration Commander in Warsaw BEFORE the crew change date. Flights are still cancelled, so only road transportation is possible. ISS Poland can secure road transportation in Poland only (from a vessel to border or from border to a vessel). Beyond the border, vessel’s crew department must secure road transportation, which needs to be depicted in detail so ISS Poland can obtain a permission from Immigration Commander.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Please be informed that since 14/03/2020 15:00lt new procedures have been implemented by Polish Port Authorities. 1. Disembarkation of the crew (without approval from Immigration Office) is strictly prohibited. Nonconformism to this rule may cause 14 days quarantine at the anchorage and fine. 2. After berthing all crew should be ready for body temperature testing on deck. Nobody should board the vessel before the results (there is also a fine for that). Polish borders are closed for foreigners. All vessel's crewmembers are NOT allowed to go ashore – shall remain on board. Immigration will periodically check if all crew is on board and high fines could be imposed for breaking this regulation.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

NO DELAYS EXPECTED

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
In case of any emergency or serious health issues on board, pls report immediately to take appropriate actions under sanitary regime. General info portals for further news: HTTPS://WWW.HEALTHYGATEWAYS.EU/NOVEL-CORONAVIRUS; HTTPS://WWW.GOV.PL/WEB/ZDROWIE/CORONAVIRUS;
HTTPS://WWW.CDC.GOV/CORONAVIRUS/2019-NCOV/INDEX.HTML

Proactive precaution measures to be taken onboard: - pls reduce contacts with any shore staff to the absolute minimum,; - temperature of the crew shall regularly be checked and any flu-like symptoms (temp. above 38 deg C) reported to the Owners and local Health Authorities via Harbour Master, General Port Dispatcher or Agents - any ill persons shall be isolated to prevent spreading the virus and further instructions obtained from the Owners and/or local Health Authorities, - take steps to protect yourself: = wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; = use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; = avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; = avoid close contact with other people, especially having illness symptoms – keep abt 2 m distance; = avoid touching objects or surfaces that could be contaminated by droplets from secretions coughed or sneezed from another person; = clean surfaces them with at least 60% alcohol or antiviral sanitizer.


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Portugal

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes:
Restrictions: Yes

Beginning May 4th, the Government of Portugal replaced the previous State of Emergency with a State of Calamity for 15 days. Measures to contain and mitigate the COVID-19 virus include the following:

  • Mandatory use of masks in crowded, closed spaces (e.g. public transportation, schools, supermarkets, stores) All events with over 10 people are prohibited
  • Maximum capacity of 5 people/100m2 in enclosed spaces
  • Residents of Portugal have a “civic duty” to stay home unless there is a justified reason
  • Small establishments of up to 200 square meters will be allowed to open, to include libraries, barber shops/hair salons, car dealers, real estate agencies, and bookshops, among others.
  • Outdoor, individual, non-professional sports, are authorized. Group sports will not be allowed.
  • Restaurants, cafés, nightclubs, and bars will remain closed.
  • Businesses that do reopen will be limited to one client every 20 square meters with a mandated minimum distance between them.
  • Public Transportation – Maximum capacity of 2/3
  • An appointment must be scheduled in advance for tax offices, conservatories and other public offices
  • Telework remains mandatory for the entire month of May, when possible.

Entry and Exit Requirements:
The Government of Portugal extended travel restrictions for countries outside the European Union. Under these travel restrictions, only Portuguese nation or returning foreign residents may enter Portugal through May 18, 2020.
Travelers should be prepared for additional travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.
Portuguese authorities announced that foreign passengers arriving aboard ships and other vessels will not be allowed to disembark.
Quarantine Information:
Under the State of Calamity, the Portuguese Government can impose obligatory quarantine for individuals infected with COVID-19 and individuals deemed by health officials to require special medical surveillance.
Mandatory confinement for sick people and those under active surveillance

Therefore,
Health and immigration authorities will maintain same procedure in force – apply restrictions with any intended crew change for non PT citizens.

  • Embarkation and disembarkation of crew can only occur with prior authorization from the health authority
  • Sending documentation for each individual as well as for what purpose

Immigration will authorize as long as sanitation also authorizes.

Basis above info and sub to have suitable flights for On/Off signers, pls be guided:
Sanitation will req for:
ON SIGNERS valid medical declaration (stating is not effected with covid)
OFF SIGNERS valid medical declaration fm master, crew list with all crew members date of boarding and last 10 ports of call

Only with this docs, sanitation can return with approval
Quarantine periods may be imposed to off signers.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All ships are required to send to the Health Declaration before entering with a minimum of 48 and 24 hrs in advance to be analysed by the Health Authority.
Free pratique will be granted upon vsl’s arrival on roads, sub Portuguese Health authority analyse the health document and declare vsl able to receive clearance.
Further to all usual pre arrival info, an updated Health Declaration to be also presented as well as crew lest mentioning date / place of all crew members boarding. 

  • Free pratique is granted remotely.
  • For now no restrictions regarding previous ports.
  • For the time being authorities only authorize repairs on board in case of emergency.
  • Cruise vessels allowed but crew/passengers can not go ashore.
  • For now no precautionary testing in taking place.
  • Social distancing mandated and visits on board must be avoided at all costs.
  • Hospitals are working but only attend emergency’s.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

At Leixoes, due to contingency plans in place, maneuvers are suspended between 00h00 and 06h00.
Aveiro, as per Port Administration contingency plan, only two vessels for each Stevedoring company can performe works at same time, this could originate some delays on discharging operations.
Madeira: Funchal Port is closed, Caniçal and Porto Santo remain open to commercial calls.
Generally, all Terminals facing lack of personal and Covid 19 caution distances between staff may cause delays.
No port closures (except Funchal) expected, for the moment.


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Puerto Rico 

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

May 3, 2020 PUERTO RICO PORT AUTHORITY AND HOMELAND SECURITY CUSTOMS AND BOARDER PROTECTION indicates crew changes disembarking crew are not permitted but joining crew are permitted as long as holding a US Visa are valid / flights from Europe are not permitted / airports are not closed but passengers are being screened for COVID-19 by the National Guard? / quarantine requirements in place are PR Government have imposed a daliy curfew 1900hrs until 0500hrs and those who violate this curfew are subject to arrest and/or penalties / screening requirements in place are - ships arriving from foreign ports are screened by USCG, Pilot, Puerto Rico Ports Authority prior arrival to port. Airport - passengers are individually screened for temperature and are ask a series of questions if they pass screening the can depart the airport if not then the passengers are taken to another area of the airport for further screening. All passengers arriving San Juan airport must go to 14 day quarantine.

Screening requirements in place are:

  • Ships arriving from sea are screened by USCG, Pilot, Puerto Rico Ports Authority prior arrival to port.
  • Airport passengers are individually screened for temperature and are ask a series of questions if they pass screening the can depart the airport if not then the passengers are taken to another area of the airport for further screening.
  • All passengers arriving San Juan airport must go to 14 day quaranteen.     

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

No technical calls are not allowed / only bunker calls /no cruise vessels allowed / no shore leave permitted / precautionary testing are in place / social distancing is mandated /  medical assistance is available).

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

April 21, 2020 port of Tallaboa opened with restrictions. 3 tugs in and 2 tugs out with the service of 2 pilots for all vessels until further notice.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: Yes
Rebates Avaiable: No

Puerto Rico ports authority has authorized extension of freetime wharfage dues but must be requested in writing to the maritime director PRPA. additional amended memo correcting to show ports controlled by PRPA only can request extension of freetime wharfage / demurrage - May 8, 2020 USCG MSIB port and facilities operations covid-19 issued -see attachment

Other Information

May 29, 2020 - 3,486 confirmed cases COVID-19 Coronavirus with 131 deaths / Governor Wanda Vazques update executive orders regarding COVID Coronavirus safeguards effective May 26, 2020 until June 15, 2020 - Social distancing remain mandatory to continue with protection and prevention measures. At all times citizens must have their mask, covering their mouth and nose. Curfew - continues until June 15, 2020 and hours are from 5am to 7pm. This Order will take effect on May 26. Opening of restaurants below 25% capacity is authorized. Home delivery is extended until 12 midnight. Even after the curfew, restaurants can continue working. Barbershops and beauty salons operation is allowed from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm by appointment. The agglomeration of people will not be allowed, and they must comply with the protection measures and must have the self-certification of the Department of Labor. All retail stores - The first option must be online sales. They will be able to operate from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. They must comply with the distancing and protection measures, as well as submit their certification plans to the Department of Labor for self-certification. Shopping Centers - The reopening is authorized to train. Train and prepare employees and tenants to receive the public. They will be able to open on June 8 in strict compliance with prevention measures. Hours from 9am to 5pm.The cinemas will not be able to operate, nor play areas, nor valet parking. Motor vehicle dealers - may operate from May 26 from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm by appointment. They may not exceed 50% of their capacity. All businesses must submit their plans to the Department of Labor to obtain their self-certification. Car wash - they will be able to operate from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Travel agencies may operate from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm by appointment. Supermarkets can continue to operate the same (closed on Sundays), the ‘delivery’ service extends until 12 midnight. Grooming for pets - they can operate from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Laundry services - may operate from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Funeral homes - wakes will be allowed with a maximum participation of 10 people, 1-2hrs before the burial or cremation process. Education - the opening of the science laboratories is authorized, and they must comply with the use of a mask and distance. Private schools are allowed to open taking security measures, this to meet the proposals of virtual summer camps. Brokers and real estate agents can operate, and it is recommended that first visits be made to unoccupied properties . Shooting ranges may open for shooting practice taking the appropriate protection measures. The use of beaches, reserves and golf courses is strictly allowed for exercise. Only runners, walkers, cyclists, surfers, sailing and rowing athletes, paddle and golfers will be allowed. In the curfew schedule. The spas are closed, and bathers are not allowed for socialization and grouping purposes.The beaches will only be open for sports or recreational activities and not for bathers. Gyms and athletic tracks are kept closed. Recreational fishing and navigation - the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources will issue guidelines and precautionary measures. But boats will be authorized from marina to marina, they cannot be landed on any beach and they must maintain a distance of 15 feet between the boats. Electronic lottery is allowed, traditional lottery not yet. The Horse Racing Industry horse races are authorized, and the Agencies may open, however, the racecourse may not be used. Venues and Fine Arts centers - must submit proposals to the Secretary of the Interior for the celebration of virtual concerts and plays. Religious services - Saturdays and Sundays will be authorized, protective measures have been taken and no limits have been established for religious services. Yes, to comply with strict measures. Government Agencies - on June 1st the finance, human resources, budget and purchasing teams will be reporting to their work areas.


Related notices:
SAN JUAN MSIB 07-20 Change 2_Novel Coronavirus Port and Facility Operations
Extension of Tariff
Pilotage Guidelines

PUERTO RICO MEMO II ADD SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR INCOMING TRAFFIC 27 MAR 2020 (003)
Extension de Tiempo Libre Tarfa
Solicitud Extension Tiempo


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Qatar

All Ports
Update: 21/04/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes: Not permitted presently. We have verbal indications from port officials that crew changes for the Offshore projects of state-owned "Qatar Petroleum" inside Qatari waters, will be allowed on case-by-case basis, after the crew undergoes statutory Covid19 medical tests. Borders: Due to diplomatic blockade of Qatar by nearby Arab countries, the only land border with Saudi Arabia is closed since June 2017,. Airport: Qatar's only commercial airport, The Hamad International Airport, is open for cargo flights. However in case of passenger flights, only in-transit flights are permitted, disembarkation in Qatar is disallowed. Passengers from all destinations served by Qatar Airways can still travel with the airline and transit through Hamad International Airport in Doha, however subject to entry restrictions at their final destination. OKTB (OK to Board) approval and its uploading to PNR should be performed by final destination airport.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Cruise Season 2019/2020 in Qatar was suspended on 5th March, until further notice from Health Authority. Free pratique: Ship to submit pre-arrival documents including Covid19 Declaration Form. Port Authority will evaluate and notify if ship can enter the Port. Free Pratique is granted soon after pilot boards the vessel. Shore leave: Not allowed presently in all ports of Qatar Medical assistance: Port Authority and Immigration will evaluate on case-by-case basis.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port operations are being conducted as normal presently in all ports of Qatar.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Presently there are no changes to the Port Tariff.

Other Information

From 22nd March onwards all forms of gatherings in Qatar are banned until further notice, violation is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 3 years and fine not exceeding QAR 200,000. Port operations in Qatar (currently classified as essential service) is going on as usual presently, but delays could occur in the future if/when mobility of people inside Qatar is curtailed. Presently there are no changes to the Port Tariff.


Related notices:
Qatar _To all agencies
Ras Laffan 03.02.20-Circular VI-R-05-2020 NOVEL CORONA VIRUS (2019-NCOV) DECLARATION OF SHIPS


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Reunion

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

  • Crew change can be entertained but on a case to case basis; 
  • Shore leave not possible; 
  • Schengen area borders are closed; only flights from/to Paris CDG are still operating (minimum service) 
  • Crew change possible for crew members holding a valid passport and seaman book (seaman book not necessary for European citizens). Flight of disembarking crew members must be the same day of crew disembarking. Embarking crew members could reach the vessel upon arrival in Reunion.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Port still open (except for cruise vessels)but numeric exchanges have to be facilitated (minimum staff to board the vessel with a compulsory safety distance of 2 meters between each persons)

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Travel Advisory

Schengen area borders are closed; only flights from/to Paris CDG are still operating (minimum service)
Compulsory quaratine for all persons coming from France National Restrictions:
National lockdown lifted 11th May.

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Russia

All Ports
Update: 06/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No Crew Changes allowed, except Russian crews. Russian crews are allowed for sign off only in Sakhalin ports

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to agent before arrival at any Russian port.  There will be mandatory quarantine inspection like temperature testing for all crews of vessels which have entered COVID-19 high risk areas within the last 14 days or arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas prior issuance of free pratique at anchorage only. All vessel’s crew which have arrived from COVID-19 high risk areas are strictly not allowed to go ashore. During mandatory quarantine inspection If any of the crew member has been detected to have a high body temperature or other symptoms then medical check-up and blood test will be taken and he shall be in the quarantine area for 2-3 days pending medical check-up result.  If crew member(s) COVID-19 test is positive then vessel will be quarantined for min 14 days at anchorage only for further notice from local quarantine authorities, medical officer. 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

All Russian embassys and consulates are closed in order for issuing of Russian visa for crew members (except diplomatic and special emergency cases only).  

Other Information

No regular international flights to/from Russia. Only reduced domestic flights between Russian cities.


Related notices:
Холмск РПН  16 03 2020 Уведомление.pdf
Холмск РПН 16 03 2020 перевод - Translated version
Russian Advisroy 16 March 2020.pdf


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Salvador

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

No Crew Changed allowed. Our country under 30 day Quarantine. International Airport is closed for passengers only available for Cargo and Medical Aid. Quarantine was extended until June 06th.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free Practique is granted, / Medical Authorities have to board and check all Crew with temperature lecture / Documents required FAL-65 format and to provide Maritime Health Declaration prior arrival / No Crew allowed to disembark / No Cruise Ships allowed at moment / No shore leave allowed / All boarding personnel to have their protective equipment and also gloves and mask to be worn. 

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No closure expected. Ops remain 24/7. Some delays due normal port congestion of attending vessels

Other Information

Any vessel found with crew having symptoms of fever or bad health related to virus, will be undocked or rejected and put into quarantine until health improves.


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Samoa

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are not permitted in Samoa. Airports are closed. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Cruise vessels are currently banned from entering Samoa. Cargo and fuel vessels are allowed to berth under strict quarantine regulations. Shore leave is not permitted. 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Ports remain open to approved vessels only. Vessels are required to berth one vessel at a time to comply with crowd control requirements. 

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Expect additional charges to apply.

Other Information
Government has declared a state of emergency.


Related notices:
American Saoma 09MAR20
Samoa 07MAR20
Samoa 24FEB20


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Saudi Arabia

All Ports
Update: 05/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes allowed in any of the Ports in Saudi Arabia at present. Borders are closed, except for trucks carrying essential goods, Food, Medical Etc. Airports closed except for Repatriation and Cargo flights, Prior approvals required. Scheduled flights cancelled. Arrival passengers, purely Saudi Nationals, 14 days quarantine on arrival. Testing is varied across all Airports, Temperature and Swab samples at International Gateways. Pre-Boarding certification and checking at departure Airports, Flights for Country Nationals, Family and /Drivers (Pre-Approved in writing)

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free Pratique is Granted, as long as conditions are met. Health declaration Mandatory, Last ten Ports called Mandatory, Master declaration that all crew are  healthy. Medical officer will board if  any Medical Condition notified. Technical calls allowed. Yes. Cruise Vessels, Yes cruise Operations, however are suspended. Disembarkation/Embarkation in any of the Ports or Shore Leave. Testing only in Medevac situations, Crew Changes not permitted. Social distancing is Maintained ashore. Medevac available, subject to Nature of Emergency. 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No delays reported at OilTerminals, General Terminals.Normal Laycans observed. No reports of issues on QQ's. For latest info on Saudi Port Calls/restrictions please contact. ISSMEI.enquiries@iss-shipping.com or youriss.dammam@iss-shipping.com for latest information.

Other Information

Situation with curfews is fluid, with new rules being applied frequently, check with ISSMEI.enquiries@iss-shipping.com or youriss.dammam@iss-shipping.com for latest information.


Release Notices:
Circular No.38.v.1
Annex3
model maritime declaration of health (1)
Incoming Letter - Dist. No. 20082 (Measures and Precautions for Ships Vi...


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Senegal

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Cruise vessels has been suspended. A curfew has been initiated in Senegal from 2000 to 0600 hrs lt, thus will so far not affect operations All air boarders closed for passengers and only cargo traffic available.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and health maritime declaration. Vessels will be cleared at anchorage by health before receiving green light to proceed with usual inward clearance alongside Vessels are subject to a 14 days quarantine period when coming from countries with confirmed cases which start from date of departure of the port in question.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Vessel delays are expected from 1-14 days due to vessel being quarantined coming from countries with confirmed cases.

Other Information

None


Related Notices
02 SENEGAL CIRCULAR FREE ENGLISH TRANSLATION


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Sierra Leone

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All passengers flights has been suspended from 22.30.20 for a 90 days period or at least until further notice.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and other documents requested by the agent. Vessels will be cleared at alongside (unless vessel loading at anchorage) and checked by port health for temperature control on arrival as well as requested for implementing hand sanitizing measures while alongside. Also PPE will be requested to be used. Hereafter boarding authorities will proceed to board the vessel when port health have given green light to proceed and yellow flag lowered. No quarantine period announced for vessels coming from affected countries. Vessels with suspected crew on board will not be able to lower the yellow flag and will be requested to proceed to anchorage for a period of 14 days. Hereafter vessel will be requested to carry out another check before proceeding with usual inward clearance unless suspected cases found on board. Curfew from 2100 till 0600 hrs lt. In this period a cass is required. Offices to maintain opening hours from 0900 till 1600 hrs lt Curfew and lockdown until 25.04.2020

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Vessels with suspected crew on board will not be able to lower the yellow flag and will be requested to proceed to anchorage for a period of 14 days. Hereafter vessel will be requested to carry out another check before proceeding with usual inward clearance unless suspected cases found on board.

Other Information

None.

Related Notices:
06 SIERRA LEONE CIRCULAR


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Seychelles

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions:Yes

No crew changes allowed.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  1. All cruise Ship banned for next two years ie up to end of 2021
  2. Any passenger arriving from ANY country (except returning Seychellois citizens) will NOT be allowed to enter Seychelles; In the event that a person who has been to ANY country (except returning Seychellois citizens) arrives in Seychelles, he/she will not be allowed entry and the carrier airline or vessel will be responsible for the immediate return of the passenger;
  3. Any person arriving in Seychelles by sea from any marine vessel (except returning Seychellois citizens) will not be allowed to disembark
  4. Unlock down for residents since 4th of May

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Travel Advisory:

  1. Any passenger arriving from ANY country (except returning Seychellois citizens) will NOT be allowed to enter Seychelles;
  2. In the event that a person who has been to ANY country (except returning Seychellois citizens) arrives in Seychelles, he/she will not be allowed entry and the carrier airline or vessel will be responsible for the immediate return of the passenger.
  3. Any person arriving in Seychelles by sea from any marine vessel (except returning Seychellois citizens) will not be allowed to disembark
  4. Commercial flights may resume 1st of June

National Restrictions: None for now  


Related notices:
Public Health Authority issues new travel advisory- 25th Feb
Update on travel advisory about the Novel Coronavirus -3


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Singapore

All Ports
Update: 27/05/2020

Crew Change
Restrictions: Yes

1. Crew changes are not allowed except under special circumstances. Please refer to Restriction Details/Control Measures.
2. Crew liberty will be restricted
3. Sea and aiports remain open
4. Short-term visitors (include crew members) are not allowed entry or transit in Singapore regardless of nationality or travel history
5. Quarantine is not required if there is no confirmed case of COVID19 infection onboard

Sign-On Documentation/Requirement

I. Vessel must be inside port limit during the application process.
II. Agent to obtain In-Principal Approval (IPA) from Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Joiners issued with IPA are not to commence their journey to Singapore before final approval from MPA is obtained.
III. Letter of undertaking by owner/agent/operator to ensure that the crew proceeds directly from airport to the vessel.
IV. Agent is required to provide detailed transportation plan which include the vehicle/operator of the vehicle and passenger boats involved.
V. Confirmation that the crew has been in quarantine for at least 14 days prior to entering Singapore and has been well throughout that period
VI. Fit-to-travel medical certificate, including COVID-19 test result, issued by the doctor not more than 24 hours prior to departing the crew’s home country.
VII. Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will review submission (4) and gave final approval.
VIII. Once final approval has been granted, vessel will not be allowed to sail until the joiner has boarded the vessel.
IX. Any cancellation or change in travel itinerary must be communicated timely

Sign-Off Documentation/Requirement

I. Confirmation that the last port of call is more than 14 days before arrival and the crew remains well; or if the last port of call is less than 14 days ago, the crew has not gone ashore for the last 14 days and remains well.
II. Health declaration by all crew members that they are asymptomatic and have not had contact with a known or suspect case of COVID-19 in the 14 days preceding arrival in Singapore.
III. Support Document (whichever applicable)
Seafarer’s Employment Agreement (SEA) of the signing-off crew
Crew’s Article of Agreement
Letter by vessel’s flag Administration stating that the crew has served for at least 12 months on board the vessel and no extension of SEA was granted by the Flag Administration
Proof of death of a next-of-kin
Unfit for work statement by doctor in Singapore
IV. Fit-to-travel medical certificate issued by a doctor in Singapore.
V. Confirmed departure flight itinerary
VI. Letter of undertaking by owner/agent/operator to ensure that the crew proceeds directly from the vessel to the airport timely for immediate boarding.
VII. Agent is required to provide detailed transportation plan which include the vehicle/operator of the vehicle and passenger boats involved.
VIII. Agent to obtain In-Principal Approval (IPA) from Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA)

Port Restrictions

From 2nd June 2020, Singapore will embark on a three-phased approach to resume business activities safely. 

Phase One of this approach involves the safe re-opening of economic activities that do not pose high risk of transmission. A critical pre-condition to be able to move into the next phase or ease certain measures further within each phase, is to have improved capabilities to control and contain any subsequent outbreaks. 


If community transmission rates remain low, Singapore can then move to Phases Two and Three in subsequent weeks. 

1. Border Control Measures  

  • Entry is restricted to short-term visitors. For crew members, please refer to ""7. Impact on crew members and its passengers""   
  • All travellers permitted to enter Singapore will be served 14-Day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in Government-designated facilities

Health Declaration 

  • All travelers, including Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass holders must submit a health declaration via the SGAC e-Service before proceeding with immigration clearance.
  • All travelers can submit their health declaration up to three days prior to arrival in Singapore. They must re-submit their health declaration if there are changes to their health condition or travel history before arriving in Singapore
  • Travelers who have not submitted their health declaration electronically before arriving in Singapore will be required to do so upon arrival at the checkpoint, which could delay their immigration clearance
  • Upon the submission of their health declaration, travelers will be notified electronically via email on the need to comply with the 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) on their arrival in Singapore. 
  • The SGAC e-Service is available at ICA’s website at https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard and the mobile application can be downloaded for free from Apple AppStore and Google Play.

2. Precautionary testing for symptomatic travellers 

All individual entering Singapore exhibiting fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness are required to undergo a COVID-19 virus swab test at the checkpoint, regardless of travel history.

Those who meet the clinical suspect case definition will be conveyed to the hospital for follow-up.

3. Heightened Safe Distancing Measures From 7th April to 1st June. 

Elevated set of safe distancing measures are enforced to reduce significantly movements and interactions in public, work and private places. 

Schools have moved towards full home-based learning and most physical workplace premises are closed. Work and business activities that can be carried out via telecommuting from home may continue. 

Wearing a face mask is now compulsory outside residence with exception to limited activities. 
Those who breach this order will face a fine of SGD300 for the first offence and SGD1,000 for the second offence. Additional violations will be charged in court.

 Essential services that continue to operate with core essential staff include:

- Healthcare and social services
- Food-related services
- Energy
- Water, waste management and environmental services
- Transportation, storage and logistics services
- Information and communication services
- Security operations
- Facilities management and critical public inrastructure
- Manufacturing activities essential for Singapore’s security, sustenance and safety
- Banking and financial services

For a full list of activities allowed to take place 
please refer to https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/essentialservices/healthandsocialservices/

Port and essential marine services are not be affected.

  • Shipping (e.g. ship operators and liner operators)
  • Shipping related services (e.g. ship management and ship agencies)
  • Safety and navigation services (e.g. Class societies, pilotage, salvage and towage)
  • Port and terminal operations include construction
  • Port marine services (e.g. ship chandlers, bunkering and ferry services)

Ministry of Trade and Industry exempted Inchcape Shipping Services(S) Pte Ltd from this suspension and permitted to operate in our premise. Our offering of full range of marine and agency services are available, business as usual.

4. Impact on Passenger/Cruise ships

With effect from 13th March 2020, Singapore ceased port calls for all passenger/cruise
vessels. 

Maritime Port Authority of Singapore may consider granting permission to passenger ships calling Singapore for bunkering/supplies only, on case-to-case basis.


5. Impact on cargo ship operations Inside Port-Limit (Except Passenger/Cruise ships)

  • Mandatory submission of Maritime Declaration of Health applies to all ships regardless of nationality of persons onboard and ship’s port call history 
  • There is no restriction imposed on vessels calling anchorages, refineries, terminals and petrochemical installations if there is no suspect case or signs/symptoms of COVID-19 infection among persons onboard.
  • If there is suspect/confirmed case of COVID-19 infection, vessel will be directed to a designated anchorage for further assessment.


6. Impact on ship services Outside Port-Limit (OPL)

  • Crew changes at OPL via Singapore is not allowed
  • All persons (include OPL boat crew) return from OPL may be subject to Border Control Measures mentioned above. 
  • Due to the SHN requirement, local service providers may be reluctant to extend their services at OPL. Service providers are concerned about expenses at government designated facility, medical expenses if their boarding representatives are infected, loss of business opportunities along with other inconveniences 
  • Ships are encouraged to proceed into port limit to receive supplies and perform critical maintenance / repair

7. Impact on crew members and its passengers

 

  • Crew liberty / shore visits are restricted regardless of nationality and travel history
  • Crew member requesting for shore side medical services, will require
    • Boarding of a Singapore registered Doctor to conduct health assessment
    • Port authorities will review if crew can be allowed to enter Singapore based on the Doctor’s recommendation    
    •  Crew member is not allowed to proceed to shore without or before approval is granted
    • If the crew member is certified “Fit to Sail”, he/she must proceed back to vessel directly after medical consultation. 
  • Crew changes for cargo ships will be considered under the following special circumstances, on case-to-case basis.
    • The crew has served his/her maximum time on board and no further extension of the employment contract is granted by the flag State; or    
    • Compassionate grounds e.g. death of family member; or   
    • The crew is no longer medically fit to work on board the ship.   
    • Crew whose employment contract has expired   
    • Additional crew on board whose sign-off would not affect the safe manning of the ship
    • Change of crew due to the sale or purchase of ship 
    • Personnel who are not part of the ship’s crew such as superintendents and service engineers

Note:

  • The 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) will not be served. 
  • Joiners/Off-signers must be transferred directly from airport to ship (joiner) or from ship to airport (off-signer). 
  • Transit or stay in hotel is not allowed. Therefore, vessel must remain in-port until last joiner has boarded the ship or last off-signer has boarded the plane (exception hospitalization cases), whichever later.

    Sign-On Documentation/Requirement

  • Confirmation that the crew has been in quarantine for at least 14 days prior to entering Singapore and has been well throughout that period
  • COVID-19 test (Polymerase Chain Reaction, PCR) type with negative result at his/her home country not more than 48 hours prior to his/her departure flight
  • “Fit-To-Travel” medical certificate issued by a doctor at his/her home country not more than 24 hours prior to his/her departure
  • Vessel must be in-port and required documentations are in placed before Agent can submit application for In-Principal Approval (IPA) from Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
  • Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will review all submissions before granted final approval for joiner to travel.
  • Once final approval has been granted, vessel will not be allowed to sail until the last joiner has boarded the vessel. 

Sign-Off Documentation/Requirement

  • Confirmation that the crew has not gone ashore for the last 14 days before leaving the ship and remains well throughout that period
  • Relevant documentary proof to support the required the sign-off   
    • Seafarer’s Employment Agreement (SEA) of the signing-off crew
    • Crew’s Article of Agreement
    • Letter by vessel’s flag Administration stating that further extension of SEA will be not be granted
    • Proof of death of a next-of-kin
    •  “Unfit-To-Sail” medical certificate issued by a Singapore registered Doctor
    • Sale and Purchase agreement 

Confirmed departure flight itinerary

  • “Fit-To-Travel” medical certificate issued by a Singapore registered Doctor (Boarding of a Singapore registered Doctor is required)
  •  Vessel must be in-port and required documentations are in placed before Agent can submit application for In-Principal Approval (IPA) from Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

8. Remain Vigilant and Adopt Good Personal Hygiene Practices. 

Please refer to official sources for updates 
Ministry of Health: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19
Ministry of Manpower: https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19 
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority: https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19 

10. Infectious Diseases Act. 
Those who breach isolation order, safe distancing regulations or providing false / misleading information will face a fine of up to SGD10,000, or up to six months’ imprisonment, or both.
Permanent resident and long-term pass holder may risk their privilege being revoked or shorten if found guilty under the act.

11. Ministry of Health has declared risk posture DORSCON Orange 
The ‘Disease Outbreak Response System Condition' (DORSCON) is a colour-coded framework that shows you the current disease situation.  
For more details, please click https://www.gov.sg/article/what-do-the-different-dorscon-levels-mean "                

Port Closures & Delays:
None 

Rebate and Tariff Changes

To help vessel owners and cargo vessel operators, MPA said it will provide an additional 30 per cent port dues concession for cargo vessels from May 1 to Dec 31, on top of all existing port dues concessions.

Passenger Ships (50% Port Dues Concession)
1. Port calls from 1st March 2020 to 31st December 2020
2. Port stay not more than 5 days 
3. Note - Passenger ship operations are currently not allowed

All Cargo Ships (30% Port Dues Concession)
1. Port calls from 1st May 2020 to 31st December 2020
2. Port stay not more than 5 days 
3. This concession is on top of all existing concessions, where applicable

Offshore vessels in port for offshore support 
1. 50% port dues concession for day 91 to day 180.

Other concessions currently available are https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/finance-e-services/finance/ocean-going-vessel/port-dues-concessions

1. 20% concession for passenger ships (at least 6 calls in last 6 months), calling for embarkation/disembarkation of passengers and port stay less than 5 days or 120hrs
2. 20% concession for container ships, calling for cargo operations and port stay less than 5 days or 120hrs
3. 20% concession for vehicle carrier, port stay less than 5 days or 120hrs
4. 25% concession for those qualified for Green Port Program and port stay less than 5 days or 120hrs

Waiver of Maritime Welfare Fee (Until 31Dec 2022)
100% waiver for all vessels calling Singapore for any purposes with port stay less than 5 days or 120hrs 
https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/circulars-and-notices/port-marine-circulars/detail/6b715045-2975-4e48-8315-860cbc3b0c0a 

Other Information

1. Medical Assistance
If travelers have a fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough and breathlessness, they should wear a mask and call any outpatient clinic or hospital ahead of the visit.  

In emergency situations (e.g. difficulty in breathing), you should call 995 for an ambulance to take you to hospital. 

2. Remain Vigilant and Adopt Good Personal Hygiene Practices
Please refer to official sources for updates 
Ministry of Health             : https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19
Ministry of Manpower            : https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19 
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority     : https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19 

3. Infectious Diseases Act. 
Those who breach isolation order, safe distancing regulations or providing false / misleading information will face a fine of up to $10,000, or up to six months’ imprisonment, or both.
Offenders who is Permanent resident or long-term pass holder may their privilege revoked or shorten. 


Related Notices:
Convid19 - Port Circular - 20-19
MPA Singapore Marine Circular no.11 of 2020.pdf


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Slovenia

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Slovenian government are easing the Covid-19 emergency measures for EU citizens starting from today 15-05-2020. Borders for EU citizens and no need of quarantine is required (quarantine is necessary in case the traveller is showing sign of illness). Also, Ljubljana airport is open, but connections are very limited. Crew change for EU citizens is available, but still remains restricted for all other nationalities.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Vessel can call if performing commercial operations (discharging or loading cargo, commercial cruising, military visit or emergency call) only.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information

None


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Solomon Islands

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are not permitted in the Solomon Islands. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

New regulations in Solomon Islands that have come into effect from 12th May.

1. Quarantine period – It varies from 5 to 14 days at sea quarantine depending on last port of call (see attached Shipping Protocol document).

2. Exemption from mandatory quarantine – Agent can apply for exemption and it is subject to approval by the Exemptions Committee. It is strongly recommended that application for exemption be made at least 14 days prior to arrival so that there is sufficient time for the committee to review and decide. As a minimum the following is required.

  • For a tier 1 country – apply at least 5 days before entering the Solomon Islands
  •  For a tier 2 country – apply at least 9 days before entering the Solomon Islands
  • For e tier 3 country – apply at least 14 days before entering the Solomon Islands
  • Any other country – apply at least 14 days before entering the Solomon Islands

3. Medical clearance – This is a new requirement in Solomon Island ports and the crew must obtain health clearance certification from last port issued by a competent medical authority.

Cruise vessels are currently banned from entering the Solomon Islands. Cargo and fuel vessels are allowed to berth under strict quarantine regulations. Shore leave is not permitted. 

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Ports remain open to approved vessels only. 

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Expect additional charges to apply.

Other Information

Parliament is currently debating the ‘Proclamation by His Excellency the Governor General declaring a State of Public Emergency’ in Solomon Islands on the 25 th of March 2020. This is in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

If parliament approves this proclamation, the state of public emergency shall continue in force until the expiration of a four month period.


Related notices:
GAZ 61 & SUP 36 12TH MAY 2020 Regulation_
Shipping Protocol 12may20
Solomon Islands Joint Travel Advice 21MAR20
Solomon Islands 220320


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Somalia

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Government has imposed countrywide curfew from evening 8 pm to 8 am. Air Freight: Federal Government of Somalia has implemented flight restrictions intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. International flights have been suspended for a period of 15 days. AMISOM cargo base closed to all drop offs except by special application.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Government has imposed countrywide curfew from evening 8 pm to 8 am. Air Freight: Federal Government of Somalia has implemented flight restrictions intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. International flights have been suspended for a period of 15 days. AMISOM cargo base closed to all drop offs except by special application. Sea Freight: Sea ports operational Road Transport: Operational but medical screening of crew in effect. 

 

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Government has imposed countrywide curfew from evening 8 pm to 8 am so may cause delays.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None
 

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South Africa

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change is not allowed after the 26th of March has the country will be on lockdown and will not allow any foreign nationals to enter the country.     

  • All passenger vessels are prohibited from disembarking any passengers or crew at any of South African sea ports.
  • Passenger vessels will be allowed to call at any of South African sea ports only for the following purposes:
    • Disembarking South African crew;
    • Disembarking returning South African citizens and holders of permanent resident permit;
    • Replenishing fuel, stores and provisions.
  • The crew shall be allowed to disembark subject to mandatory quarantine laws as may be applicable.
  • All other cargo vessels will be allowed into all the sea ports for purposes of cargo works, replenishing fuel and provisions                                                                                                                        
  • Evacuation of seafarers and passengers on board all ships along the South African coastline will be allowed in terms of Search and Rescue as well as the Merchant Shipping Act, 1957 (Act No. 57 of 1957) and subject to the following:
    • The evacuation must comply with the provisions of Medical Evacuations as contained in the South African Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue Act, 2002 (Act No. 44 of 2002) 
    • The evacuation to be carried out in terms of the approved Standard Operating Procedures for evacuation as contained in the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center Manual obtainable from the South African Maritime Safety Authority website; and
    • All evacuated patients will be subjected to mandatory quarantine for a period of up to 21 days.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • The following ships are allowed:
    • Cargo working ships;
    • Passenger vessels allowed only for purposes of disembarking SA crew and
      returning SA citizens;
    • Ships calling for refuelling and supplies    
  • The following sea ports are open for purposes of handling cargo, refuelling and ship supplies:
    • Richards Bay;
    • Durban;
    • East London;
    • Coega;
    • Port Elizabeth;
    • Mosselbay;
    • Cape Town;
    • Saldanha Bay.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
As of the 1st of May 2020 , the country lock down will drop to Level 4 which will allow more people to go to work and more movement with in each Province. 


Durban

Crew Changes

Crew change is not allowed after the 26th of March has the country will be on a Lock Down and will not allow any foreign nationals to enter the country , The port will only allow disembarkation of a returning South African Citizen and/or a permanent resident.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Durban Container Terminals (DCT) Pier 2 the operating staff will be reduced to two berths, Durban Point will operate on a single berth for both containers and essential break bulk goods. Every vessel must obtain Port Health Clearance of 72 hours prior to arrival - regardless of whether the vessel called one of SA Port prior to arrival at the Port of durban. Every vessel shall obtain ISPA clearance prior to entering the Port of Durban .


Richards Bay

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Transnet Port Terminal Richards Bay will close its current operations on Thursday , March 26th 2020 at 22h00 and will resume its operations for essentions cargo/ services only as per vessel nominations and Transnet approved terminal operating guidelines .


Cape Town

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) will all operate on a single berth operation with approximately half of the current staff compliment, Multi-Purpose Terminal (CTMPT) will handle containers on a single berth.


Related notices:
Covid 19. 9-03-2020
completion of Health Questionnaire and Re-Application for Free Pratique
Final VTraveller health questionnaire - 05_03_20 (3)


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South Korea

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Korean Government announced that effective from April 13, gov't will temporarily suspend  visa waivers and no-visa entry for travelers comming from  countries.   For Crew entry under this measure, in principle, crew will be exempted from this measures and 1) crews from China, Indonesia, Philiphine, Vietnam and Myanmar will be the same as before, which possible to enter with B-2-4(no-visa entry), 2) For crews from other countries(90countries;visa waiver & no-visa entry):   after sending EDI, can enter Korea with C-3 visa(30days) issued by Korean ambassy  In any case, all entrant crews must have 14days self-quarantine in Govt' designated house with staying fee (KW 100,000/day)  

Effective from May 11, all entrant crews will be tested Covid 19 at the airport or quarantine facility. Korea government will fully subsidize the test cost. If the test result is positive, they will be moved to a hospital for treatment 

Are crew changes permitted? 

  • For the case of sign-on crews; Practically NO,  more strengthened NEW QUARANTINE GUIDELINE applied from April 01, according to this new regulation, all entrant crews need mandatory 14days self- isolated quarantine in sheltered housing regardless of nationalities by its cost
  • For the  case of sign-off in Korea, permit sign-off crews from vessels call after 14days from last port but practically hard to arrange in Korea as  Philiphine, India, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia goverment etc reqest crews to hold medical certificate to prove negative Covid-19 issued by hospital in Korea, which is hard to secure. Fyr, it is not allowed for crew to have C-19 test in hospital without having C-19 symptom and hence, it is nearly impossible to secure medical cert of C-19 from hospital and flights to arrange crew change are very limited to/from Incheon Int'l Airport since many countries prohibit entrants from Korea. Meanwhile, Sign-off possible in case flight available within 24hours after disembark with e-ticket prving and no special requirement from crew countries 
  • Terminal doesn't allow sign-on and sign-off crews passing  their gate and hence, to be done by launch boat during berthing 
  • Up to now, no COVID -19 cases reported in any terminal, ports and ships in Korea 

ALL PRINCIPALS ARE KINDLY REQUESTED TO CONTACT ISS KOREA TO AVOID ANY POSSIBLE MISTAKE IN ARRANGING CREW CHANGE IN ADVANCE since situation and government guidance change frequently.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

  • Free pratique is granted except for vessels with called china, Hongkong, Macau, Iran and Italy within 14days
  • All health declaration are required to be sumbitted by 24hours before berthing
  • No specific restriction except on board quarantine check for the above countires
  • Technical call still allowed but cruise vessel calls not allowed
  • Shore leave is premitted but only special case such as medical treatment
  • Social distancing is strongly advised
  • Medical assistance is available however masks must be warn and and no fever case.

Port Closures and Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

No delays or port closures due to COVID-19 

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

At this moment, no rebate & tariff changes to support ship owners. 

Other Information

No restriction to deliver CTM and Spare parts to vessels in Korean Ports.

Korean health authorities declared (05/05/20) an end to the country’s six-week social distancing campaign as daily infections of the coronavirus continue to flatline, saying a new national drive outlining everyday health guidelines for the “new normal” will kick off from May 06; distancing in everyday life” system 


Related notices:
20200304_ Response Guidance for Business to prevent & control the spread of Covid-19 in South Korea
20200508_ Entry of Crews - South Korea(under Covid 19 pandemic)


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Spain - Algeciras

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes permitted subject to conditions as per port circular circular 16&17, Crerw changes permitted OPL, crew stay in hotel ammended to max 10 days.

Border remains open, Airport remains open with British Airways flights to/from London, crew travelling to London will "not" be subject to 14 day quarentine, shipping supply chains remain open, spares and stores being delivered, CTM being delivered, UWHC taking place, Bunkering no delays, BQS being conducted, Corvid V7 upoloaded to be used for pre arrival at Gibraltar

Crew are permittred to land in Gibraltar and transit thru the fronteir to join/depart ships in Algeciras subject to approval from both immigration authorities. Additional hotels introduced for use.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free practique granted on arrival, vessel required to submit all customery pre arrival doccuments along with V7 Coronavirus declaration, technical calls case by case for cruise vessels, shore leave not permitted, social distancing in place, medical assistance available if required,Port Circular 10/2020 attached reference to relaxing measures for Maritime personel boarding vessels at Gibraltar. *Please see circular 11 pertaining to crew visits to dentist and doctor appointments.

Port Closures and Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port remains open.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
None


Related Notices:

Port Circular 16 of 2020 - Update to Port Circular 14 of 2020 All Maritime Related Entries Through the Land Frontier  Transport and Accommodati

PRACTICOS ALGECIRAS - Recomendaciones para los operadores de buque como respuesta COVID-19 STATEMENT PORT OF ALGECIRAS COVID 19

PRACTICOS ALGECIRAS - Recomendaciones para los operadores de buque como respuesta COVID-19
STATEMENT PORT OF ALGECIRAS COVID 19


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Sri Lanka

All Ports
Update: 20/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Ministry of Health has approved "Bulk crew changes" under stringent conditions, written approvals needs to be obtained from the Ministry well in advance.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Health authorities has introduced a set of declarations which needs to submitted by the Ships captain directly to the Port Health officer. These declarations includes Crew list, Vaccination list, Last ten Port of Calls, Status health declaration, etc… These declarations will be studied carefuly and approval will be given to berth Ships case by case. Shore Passes are not provided and crew members are strictly advised not to get off the Gangway due to any reason. Cruise Ships are alllowed to enter the country as technical calls. As of any other Ship, Passengers and Crew members are not allowed to go ashore.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Ports are operational 24 x 7 but with limited officers working round the clock. Hence, unforeseen delays could be expected. Airport is open to restricted and permissible movement from the ministry of health.

Other Information

Restricted Movements are now permissible in Colombo and several other districts until further notice. The relevant document for crew change guidance is available below.


Related Notices:
SOP - EMBARKATION & DISEMBARKATION OF FOREIGN CREW MEMBERS
Sri lanka crew change guide Circular
1. Srilanka- IMO - Maritime Declaration of Health
2.Srilanka-Personal Health Declaration  Form
3. Srilanka-Health Status Report
Sri Lanka - Embarkation of passengers and crew members from Cruise Ships


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St. Lucia

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

With the anticipation of the Re-opening of the borders on 4th June, 2020 , the Ministry has not issued the All clear to resume Crew Change in St Lucia , Hence Buckeye St Lucia Terminal said it is prohibited until written approval is received.

With regards to restrictions : The Chief Medical Officer said  International travelers would need evidence of a negative Covid-19 test Prior to traveling to St Lucia.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Free PRATIQUE is granted subject to the following documents being provided: Vaccinations, Maritime Health , List of Port Calls, Crew List
  • Cruise vessels are not allowed
  • Shore leave has been suspended
  • Precautionary testing is in place 
  • Social distancing is mandated

Closures & Delays
None

Other Information
Airports remained closed until early June. Sea Ports are opened for cargo vessels only. Curfew has been extended until 31st May, 2020 from 19:00-05:00 hrs. 


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Sweden

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Seafarers are now excluded from restrictions so crew change is possible.

Immigration now need min 24 hrs notice to be able to coordinate their attendance.
They also now require 24 hrs prior crewchange:

  • Copy of Seamansbook
  • Copy of Offsigner booked/confirmed flights
  • Valid Schengen Visa
  • Copy of Passport

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All ports are now requesting health declaration from all vessels, if all crew are healthy then vessel will be allowed to berth. Shore leave is restricted. Some medical assistance available, however only for emergency. All "face to face" meeting is avoided by terminals / vessels.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information

None.


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Taiwan

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

  1. Crew Changes and shore leave is NOT allowed to conduct in Taiwan ports.
  2. Suspended Visa-Exemption Entry till further notice.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Since 6th February all cruise vessels are not permitted to enter Taiwan ports or anchorage.

Vessel calling Taiwan ports, please record body temperature (twice a day) for all crew members on daily basis prior to arrival for submitting to quarantine office. All crew must wear surgical mask and disposable gloves while stay in port.

All ports and cargo operations are in normal condition.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No


Related notices:
COVID-19 - Immigration Restriction Taiwan


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Tanzania

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

No international flight is allowed to land and fly out of Tanzania until further notice.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port operations as usual – vessels arriving from affected countries to be quarantined for 14 days.
This applies to vessels arriving from short transit affected countries as well e.g.  Kenya and South Africa.
                                                                                                                                                                      Port Health requires vessels to send in their Crew list, Port Call list, International Maritime Health declarations and any information for a sick crew onboard 48hrs prior arrival. Free Practique is issued after Port Health inspections / Vessel arriving from affected countries will be quarantined for 14 days if the transit time is less than 14 days. / Cruise ships are strictly not allowed / No restrictions on shore leave after Free practique is issued /social distancing advised / all suspected cases are handled by special Government Health officials in a designated Government Hospital

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Port not closed so far/Only short time (Maxx 1 hour) delays are experienced during Port Health Clearance.

Other Information

All persons are required to use Masks especially in Public place.
 


Zanzibar

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Strictly not allowed

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All International travellers arriving should be quarantined for 14 days at their own costs pending pending health test confirmation of -ve on Coronavirus. Vessel's Free Practique will only be granted after Port Health clearance.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

All STS operations have been cancelled effectively today 26th March 2020 as per Zanzibar Port Health Notice. Port not closed so far / only short time (Max 1 hour) delays are experienced during Port Health Clearance.


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Thailand

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change not available in any Thailand ports. Boarders are closed. Airports are open for diplomatic passport and transit passenger only. 

Extension of temporary ban on all international flights to Thailand until 30 June 2020

Vessel Layup is not allowed until further notice.

Port Restrictions

Restrictions: Yes

Passenger vessles and any other vessel type are not allowed to enter Thailand waters except:

  • Cargo vessel that carriers of necessary cargoes still able to calling Thailand, but required prompt departure after the mission is completed
  • Master-in-command, and crew members of vessel entering Thailand with clear schedule to depart

For vessels calling Thailand that are able to enter Thailand water or not it's depend on quarantine officer consideration with supporting docs as follows;
Agent have to submit following document to port authorities at least 24 Hours before vessel arrive

  • Information of Conveyance Arriving In Thailand ( T.1),
  • Maritime Information of Health (T.2),
  • Maritime Declaration of Health (T.3),
  • Last ten port of call,
  • Questionnaire for Dangerous Communicable diseases screening,
  • Crew list,
  • Body temperature (for all crew&passenger record at least 7 days)
  • Any others document that have request by Quarantine officer

Quarantine officer do the risk assessment as per above document 1-8 considering on case by case basis 

Master have to arrange as follows;

  • Cleaning vessel every day with proper tools and chemical
  • Alcohol or Hand cleansing Gel
  • All crew onboard must ware mask at all time 
  • Decide area of working/sit or stand that have distance between person at least 1 meter

Closures & Delays
Expected Closures: No 
Expected Delays: Yes

Vessel need to submit above docs document to agent and quarantine bureau do the risk assessment if all clear vessel can enter Thailand water If look risky quarantine officer can reject vessel from going in Thailand water

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No

Other Information:

For vessel that calling Thailand ports still operate as usual normal. Will  provide document as above for qurantine process. Shore leave is not permited. Enforce 3 April 2020 till further notice, people will be barred from going outside from 10pm to 4am nationwide, with the exception of medical workers, those transporting goods, farm produce, medical supplies, fuel, parcels, goods for export or import, transporting people to quarantine sites, those working on the night shift, and those coming from or going to airports.


Related notices:
Questionnaire T8
Questionnaire for nCov 2019 Screening
แบบฟอร์ม ต.1 (T.1)
แบบฟอร์ม ต.2 (T.2) Maritime Information of Health
แบบฟอร์ม ต.3 (T.3) Maritime Declaration Of Health
MD Announchment 25MAR20


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Togo

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All persons coming from affected countries will not be allowed to Togo. Airlines connections to Europe has been suspended and government recommend to postpone all travel to Togo until further notice. All persons entering the airport will be screened.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All trade vessels calling local ports will be requested to submit list of previous 10 port calls as well as crew list specifying each sign on date and maritime health declaration. All trade vessels will go through temperature check and screening by port health before inward pilot embark the vessel. Persons will only be quarantined in cabins or nominated hospital if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 15 days.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Vessel delays not expected unless suspected case on board.

Other Information
Curfew between 1900 – 0600 hrs lt for a period of 3 months, however this is yet to be advised if it will affect the port operations. All boarders closed and crew change suspended.


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Trinidad and Tobago

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No Cew changes permitted. All Ports open for business. International Airport & Borders closed effective 23rd March. Movement of Goods, Ship's Spares, Services Bunkering.  Chandlery continue

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Pratigue is granted by Port Health.

Pratigue is granted by Port Health. Attached document is mandatory to be completed and submitted in advance. Vessel to provide List of last 10 Port of Calls. No cruise vessels allowed. No shore leave permitted.

All visitors boarding the vessel must wear surgical mask & gloves.
If they are not available, then vessel to provide mask and gloves.
b) The vessel has the right to restrict access to anyone showing signs of illness.
c) The access to accommodation to be restricted to essential personnel only. Hand sanitization mandated before entering the accommodation.
d) Ship staff will not shake hands with embarking visitors.
e) Each visitor must complete this form other they may not be granted access. Effective 30th March 2020, the Terminal is applying EDP "Early Departure Procedure" and Free Pratigue is granted via VHF.

No Agents or officials are boarding vessels

Closures & Delays
None

Other Information
International Airport & Borders closed effective 23rd March / Movement of Goods, Ship's Spares, Services Bunkering / Chandlery continue


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Tunisia

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Pls note that starting from the 04th of May 20, it was applied a partial and targeted quarantine (return to work is partially and gradually by sectors). As for commercial ports, they are still operational with the same preventive measures that have been taken since the beginning . Regarding the crew change ops still not allowed at all Tunisian ports awaiting further instructions.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Cargo ships coming from any other port without exception are allowed to enter port only after careful pre-health/sanitary control in the anchorage area before they docked at the port. 
For any suspicious case, the vessel will be obliged to apply for self-isolation for a period of 14 days at anchorage area. 
Also pls note that the curfew is imposed all over the country starting from Wednesday 18th March 2020 from 1800 hrs until 0600 hrs LT , in the context of measures aimed at slowing down the spread of the Corona Virus .

Ships are allowed to enter port only after careful pre-health/sanitary control in the anchorage. For any suspicious case the vessel could be subject to quarantine period at anchorage area.
 Maritime declaration of health 

  • Health declaration 
  • Last 10 ports of call 
  • Crew list (mentioning boarding port & date)
  • Temperature sheet (of all crew upon departure from loading port and daily at 0700 hrs as well as upon arrival at port)
  • Vaccination list.
  • isps pre arrival form  

There are no specific limitations, but according to some unions syndicates  dealing in the  port they announced  not to start loading or unloading goods from ships only after the duration of virus persistence has passed from its surfaces starting from the day the vessel leaves the last port of call .
There is no limitation but practically it cannot be done since most facilities are closed and applying the public quarantine.
No cruise vessels allowed
The crew of the ships should not be disembarked at the port except in exceptional cases.
In case of suspected infected, precautionary testing is in place. 
Social distancing is mandated. Medical assistance is available in public places. 

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Kindly note that according to Harbour Master/Quarantine officer the vessel can be berthed only after careful pre-health/sanitary control in the anchorage area . if any suspicious case of covid 19 , the vsl will be obliged to apply for self-isolation for a period of 14 days at anchorage area.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information
Vessels coming from Italy might be detained at anchorage for 14 days prior to berthing.


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Turkey

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Change Implications:
Restrictions: Yes

Turkey has closed all the borders for passengers and suspended all international flights. Ministry of Health declared that any disembarking crew and passengers to be quarantined for 14 days before allowing them to leave the country if they do not have any COVID19 symptoms and persons showing any of the symptoms to be sent to hospital for treatment etc.

Port Restrictions:
Restrictions: Yes

Ships called in their last 10 calls or within last 14 days to any of b/m country ports are required to provide a body temperature list for all the crew members on board for the last 3 days before allowing anyone to board the vessel.

Germany / Austria / Belgium / United Arab E. / China / Denmark / France / South Korea / Netherlands / Iraq / England / Iran / Ireland / Spain / Sweden / Switzerland / Italy / Egypt / Norway / Saudi Arabia / Greece / Bulgaria / Kuwait / Bangladesh / Mongolia / Turkish Repuclic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) / Ukraine / Kosovo/ Morocco / Lebanon / Jordan / Kazakhstan / Uzbekistan / Oman / Slovenia / Moldova / Djibouti / Equatorial Guinea / Canada / India / Hungary / Guatemala / Poland / Kenya / Sudan / Chad / Philippines / Latvia / Taiwan / Peru / Srilanka / Ecuador / Niger / Tunisia / Algeria / Ivory Coast / Finland / Angola / Czechia / Dominican / Cameroon / Montenegro / Colombia / North Macedonia / Mauritania / Nepal / Portugal / Panama

For Turkish Straits; ships called to any of a/m country ports in their last 10 calls within last 14 days are allowed receive provisions, but no crew change and technician attendance is allowed. During supply operations no one is allowed to board the vessel thus Cash to Master delivery is also not possible. Residents of unbanned countries can embark but subject to further checks such as flight availability, health conditions etc but no disembarkation is allowed. Beyond 15 days  technician attendance might be possible depending of final confirmations of authorities.

All ships are passing sanitary inspections before their Turkish Straits passages and required to send MDOH & last 10 ports of call list & crew temperature list to the related sanitary office while entering territorial waters. 

Minor delays are applicable in granting free pratique as all the vessels are boarded by the sanitary officers during arrival clearances in order to check the situation on the spot and upon their confirmation other clearances are allowed. 

No shore leave allowed.

Waste disposal at Istanbul can be arranged only for the vessels having free pratique.

Vessels arriving to any Istanbul port must be disinfected by the Ministry of Health approved companies.

Closures & Delays:
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No            

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Avaiable: No
                    
Other Information:

  • Goverment ordered curfew for the citizens younger than 18 and older than 65 years and it is applicable to all citizens regardless of their ages for weekends at 15 monopolis + Zonguldak.
  • Officers meeting the pilots at the gangway and persons on bridge must wear proper masks until pilot leaves the vessel and keep the social distance at all times.
  • Goverment imposed lockdown for 15 cities until the 1st of June. 
  • Travel between the rest of the cities is subject to Governorships' permit.

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Ukraine

All Ports
Update: 05/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are available for Ukrainians only/ Borders are closed for foreigners/ All airports are closed for regular traffic/ Strict quarantine: restrictions on conducting mass events in which 200 or more people are planned to participate (but this does not apply to public necessity measures). Quarantine in educational institutions. Only critical infrastructure is working. Internal country passenger traffic closed. Passenger transportation in measures of the city seriously limited or closed/ Sanitary service should check the crew before government inward formalities.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free pratique granted in case medical screening successfully passed/ Additional medical questionnaire for crew members. Temperature crew list/ No specific call restrictions based on previous ports called/ Yes, technical calls allowed/ No limitations for cruise, but border closed for foreigners/ Shore leave not permitted/ No precautionary testing in place/ Yes, social distancing mandated/ Medical assistance - urgent cases only, by request.

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Other Information

None


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United Arab Emirates

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All ports must ensure any ship visited a Chinese Ports in the last thirty days must provide, and at least 3 days before her to the first port of call in the UAE, a statement by the Master that crew members onboard are free from any symptoms that include  high fever, sore throat, persistent coughing and breathing difficulties and other symptoms that may indicate infection with the new Coronavirus.                                                                           
We have received notification from Authorities that vessels arriving from Iran will not be permitted to enter any UAE ports.  If the new Coronavirus is suspected on the crew onboard, the port should inform the FTA before allowing the ship to enter  the port and wait further instructions.  The circular is valid for 2 months from the date of issue.
   
Master to make an ISPS declaration prior to arrival;
Master to provide 72 hour health notification as per NTM’s 6 of 2020;
Agents to ensure medical checks have been arranged for crew on arrival at port
Cruise ship operations are suspended until further notice in UAE Ports

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • All ports must ensure any ship visited a Chinese Ports in the last thirty days must provide, and at least 3 days before her to the first port of call in the UAE, a statement by the Master that crew members onboard are free from any symptoms that include  high fever, sore throat, persistent coughing and breathing difficulties and other symptoms that may indicate infection with the new Coronavirus.  
  • We have received notification from Authorities that vessels arriving from Iran will not be permitted to enter any UAE ports
  • If the new Coronavirus is suspected on the crew onboard, the port should inform the FTA before allowing the ship to enter  the port and wait further instructions.  The circular is valid for 2 months from the date of issue.
    • Master to make an ISPS declaration prior to arrival;
    • Master to provide 72 hour health notification as per NTM’s 6 of 2020;
    • Agents to ensure medical checks have been arranged for crew on arrival at port
  • Cruise ship operations are suspended until further notice in UAE Ports

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Delays: Yes

Other Information

Important Note (USD CTM): Due to current circumstances, we may have difficulty in providing CTM for your vessel and thus each request will be taken on an ad-hoc basis, subject to availability.

Exchange houses are imposing an additional charge of AED 0.01 per US$ 1.00. The rate being imposed by the exchange houses for US$ is 3.685 (and not 3.675).

Our CTM delivery rate remains the same.

  • Basic tests involve walking past thermal scanners, which allow medical officials to spot raised body temperature, potentially caused by fever. Some airports use handheld temperature scanners placed on a passenger's forehead, which works in the same way and takes moments.
  • Those found with high temperatures may be subject to a nasal swab, which is then placed into a solution. Passengers may be held back until the results are ready. Any travellers who test positive would be taken to a medical facility and monitored.
  • All schools and colleges in the UAE have been asked to be closed for four weeks starting 08 March.  Most of the organisatons including Inchcape shipping instructing emplolyees self-isolate and to work from home until further notice.    
  • The UAE has urged people in the country to stay at home unless it’s absolutely necessary to get essential supplies, such as food and medicine, or to perform “essential jobs”.
  • The country has also decided to close all malls in the country from 25th March as it seeks to combat the spread of Covid-19.
  • The UAE law on communicable diseases, which includes fines and jail terms, will be enforced against all violators.

Abu Dhabi & Ruwais

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

UAE authorities have lightened restrictions on crew changes permitting the following special circumstances (refer to FTA Circular no 7 issued in 2020 - Measures to facilitate Ships crew cha.._.pdf)
 


Dubai

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

UAE authorities have lightened restrictions on crew changes permitting the following special circumstances (refer to FTA Circular no 7 issued in 2020 - Measures to facilitate Ships crew cha.._.pdf)


Fujairah & Khor Fakkan

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

UAE authorities have lightened restrictions on crew changes permitting the following special circumstances (refer to FTA Circular no 7 issued in 2020 - Measures to facilitate Ships crew cha.._.pdf)

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Harbour Master has verbally indicated that no boats with personnel on board are permitted to travel from Fujairah to Khor Fakkan and embark/disembark shore personnel. Spares, stores, provisions and bunkers are still permitted, provided no personnel embark the main fleet vessels at Khor Fakkan anchorage.


Ras al Khaimah

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

UAE authorities have lightened restrictions on crew changes permitting the following special circumstances (refer to FTA Circular no 7 issued in 2020 - Measures to facilitate Ships crew cha.._.pdf). 

The RAK authorities have informed the FTA circular no. 7  is applicable to crew with UAE residence visas and for vessels which are calling into port. The same is not applicable for vessels/crew calling the Inchcape buoy/ OPL Mina Saqr.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

If the new Coronavirus is suspected on the crew onboard, the port should inform the FTA before allowing the ship to enter the port and wait further instructions. The circular is valid for 2 months from the date of issue. Master to make an ISPS declaration prior to arrival (vessels at OPL); Master to provide 72 hour health notification as per - RAK Ports NTM’s 6 of 2020 (https://rakports.ae/marine/); Agents to ensure medical checks have been arranged for crew on arrival at port; Cruise ship operations are suspended until further notice in UAE Ports. Pilot boarding as per RAK Ports NtM’s 9 of 2020 We have received notification from Authorities that vessels arriving from Iran will not be permitted to enter any UAE ports As per Federal Transport Circulars all UAE ports must ensure any ship that visited a Chinese Ports in the last thirty days is to provide, and at least 3 days before her to the first port of call in the UAE, a statement by the Master that crew members onboard are free from any symptoms that include high fever, sore throat, persistent coughing and breathing difficulties and other symptoms that may indicate infection with the new Coronavirus. RAK Ports NtM’s 2 of 2020.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

RAK Ports is complying with all state directives and circulars and remains committed to keeping operations functioning with no delays. The ports will attend to customers needs, assist seafarers and deal with the on-going international situation with their diligence and calm assurance.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No


Related notices:
FTA Circular no 7 issued in 2020 - Measures to facilitate Ships crew cha.._.pdf
Fujairah_Covid-19 Update_15 March 2020


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United Kingdom

All Ports
Update: 29/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

The UK government will introduce a 14 day quarantine on travellers arriving into the UK effective 8th June 2020.
A list of exemptions can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules

The below types of worker are all exempt from the self-isolation requirements:

  • seamen and masters
  • a pilot, as defined in paragraph 22(1) of Schedule 3A to the Merchant Shipping Act
  • an inspector, and surveyor of ships
  • a worker undertaking activities in offshore installations, upstream petroleum infrastructure, critical safety work on offshore installations and wells that are being decommissioned or which are being preserved pending demolition or reuse or activities for the provision of workers, goods, materials or equipment or in the provision of other essential services required to support the safe operation of activities
  • a worker with specialist technical skills, where those specialist technical skills are required for essential or emergency works or services (including commissioning, maintenance, and repairs and safety checks) to ensure the continued production, supply, movement, manufacture, storage or preservation of goods

So our understanding is that crew changes will still be able to take place, subject of course to any local restrictions.

It remains difficult to conduct a large scale crew change, as many hotels are closed. Some hotels have room availability for "key workers" but there will need to be some flexibility in how meals are provided as restaurants/cafes/pubs are closed. Airports remain open, but with limited numbers of flights in / out of the country. UK Foreign Office has advised against all overseas travel and requested UK nationals overseas to return home.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Declarations of Health are mandatory, along with details of prior crew changes. Ports are open and trade is flowing. Selected terminals are restricting visitors and shore leave. Cruise vessels are permitted, many are using the UK to lay-up. Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 is required to self-isolate.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

No port closures. We are seeing some delays due to the reduced availability of shore labour in the container and RoRo sectors.

Rebates & Tariff Changes
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

Other Information

Maritime and Coastguard Agency guidance and information on Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.gov.uk/government/news/seafarer-coronavirus-information


Braefoot Bay

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Shore leave and crew changes no longer permitted.


Hound Point

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Shore leave and crew changes no longer permitted. Vendor, surveyor or other similar visits required in the course of the normal ship's business are not restricted at this time.


Stanlow, Tranmere

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes permitted

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

No crew shore leave to take place (visit by seaman’s mission may be possible to issue phone cards etc if pre-arranged) No agents visits to ships, all communication is to be via email/phone, if visit required to be authorised by marine team No visitors to ships unless business critical and authorised by the marine team Ship stores ONLY by barge (small parcels delivered direct to agents can be bought to the terminal and marine will arrange delivery to ship)


Valero Terminal, Pembroke

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes permitted

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Shore leave and Crew changes have been suspended and are not allowed Shipping Company representatives – Not allowed Surveyor’s inspectors (Non cargo), Class and P&I representatives – Not allowed Service engineers – Not allowed. (If required for the repair of critical systems then will be considered by the terminal on a case by case base basis) Ship welfare personnel, port chaplains, ship visitors, vendors – Not allowed Stores deliveries – by barge only Government officials – unrestricted access Emergency Services – unrestricted access

**UPDATE - 3rd party Export shipments (includes Fuel Oils/LPG/Gasolines etc to UK/Europe/Non-export,) - DOCS EMAILED TO AGENTS WHO THEN EMAIL THE SHIP. BOLS to be issued and a scanned copy to be included in with the email. But BOLS to be signed by agents in the Oil Accounts office at a later date. - Supply/Distillate movements to Dublin and UK – DOCS EMAILED TO SHIP & AGENTS – BOLS to be issued and a scanned copy to be included in with the email, but BOLS issued as reference and do not have to be signed. - EDP Normal UK Supply / LPG (Flogas) movements to remain as normal with docs being produced in a timely manner after sailing and emailed to destination and agents.


Dragon LNG Terminal, Milford Haven

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes permitted

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Ships agents to only board vessels if they need to have an important face to face conversation with the Master. Cash to Master delivered by Agent or delivery service will not be allowed via the terminal. Transitting via the terminal is now restricted. The following personnel will not be allowed to transit the terminal or board the vessel a. Company staff from shipping company b. Surveyors, Class, P and I etc. c. Service engineers attending non-critical ships equipment d. Sire Inspectors and Auditors Service engineers who need to attend for repair of critical ship systems will require a risk assessment to be carried out in conjunction with marine manager at Dragon LNG and the shipping company Shore leave will not be allowed. The ship welfare organisations have now stopped all ship welfare visits.


ConocoPhillips Terminal, Teesport

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Terminal will assess crew changes on a case by case basis.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Access to non-essential visitors will not be permitted, this means the likes of family visits, seafarers missions, etc. For any technicians wishing to visit a vessel, terminal will require a scope of work before access is granted to ensure the visit is essential. This will be dealt with on a case by case basis. All shore leave for ships crews has been suspended with immediate effect unless for medical emergencies. Terminal would prefer if stores were not delivered whilst alongside, barge should be used werever possible.


Fawley

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Permitted

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Terminal specific questionnaire has been developed specifically to facilitate screening in accordance with the Fawley Marine Terminal's Pandemic Flu Response & Readiness Plan. Questionnaire is to be completed in addition to the Declaration of Health required by Southampton VTS and Port Health Department. If the terminal has not received a completed copy of the attached declaration from a vessel then it may not be permitted to berth at the terminal until the situation is rectified.


Belfast

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

With limited flights and all hotels closed as per government legislation (UK) we recommend against crew changes at this time.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Maritime Declaration of Health required minimum 24 hours before arrival, will be risk assessed and no vessel to enter port unless approved by the port health authority.

Port Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


Southampton

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Permitted but it is almost impossible to conduct, as all hotels and restaurants in the UK are now closed.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

An update from ABP has been issued for pilot booking requirements to say that provisional bookings must be made with 24 hrs notice and confirmed bookings with no less than 6 hours notice. This is in order to achieve social distancing for pilots in the pilot cutter.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


RLPG berth, Grangemouth

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Shore leave and crew changes no longer permitted. Vendor, surveyor or other similar visits required in the course of the normal ship's business are not restricted at this time. Note - Normal operations with no restriction to “shore leave” will prevail at INEOS Grangemouth Jetties

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


Loch Striven

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Shore leave and crew changes no longer permitted.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


Sullom Voe

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Shore leave and crew changes no longer permitted.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


Tata Steel, Port Talbot

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Shore leave and crew changes no longer permitted.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

'No visitors to attend vessel including but not limited to surveyors/technician etc (unless their attendance is critical for the safe operation of the vessel)


Related notices:
Fawley FMT SCREENING QUESTIONAIRE
Maritime-Declaration-of-Health 1.0
Public Health Wales - Ports Country List Poster (1)
UK Covid-19_NORTH-EAST COAST OF ENGLAND RIVER TEES AND HARTLEPOOL
UK SOUTH WALES - ABP N2M 24 of 2020 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vessel Notification Requirements Update


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Uruguay

All Ports
Update: 25/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

The following measures apply to nationals of the affected countries:

  • If in the last 30 days the ship has arrived in ports at any of those countries, the crew and passengers that embarked in those ports must be identified.
  • If it is verified that they have arrived in ports of countries or areas mentioned above, not before 8 hours of arrival in Uruguayan port, the Maritime Declaration of Health signed by the Captain must include a report of body temperature of each traveler during the previous 48 hours, taken every 8 hours.
  • In the event that the health status of one or more travelers is suspicious of acute respiratory illness(**):
    • Embarkation of personnel for port service will be allowed only if the personnel wears personal protective equipment (goggles, face mask, gloves).
    • When the ship arrives in port, only Health Authorities personnel will go on board, who, depending on the traveler's state of health, may be accompanied by a doctor.
  • If the epidemiological clinical evaluation of the traveler carried out on board:
    • R​​​​ules out suspected infectious disease, the ship may start operation  in port
    • maintains the suspicion of SARS CoV-2, a sample will be taken for diagnosis.
    • iii. as long as there are no laboratory diagnostic results, the vessel will not be able to operate.
    • iv. If the diagnosis is positive, the ship will not be able to operate in the Uruguayan port.
      • 1. If the sick crew member does not have symptoms that require hospitalization, they will continue on the ship, with recommendations to reduce the likelihood of virus spread.
      • 2. Otherwise, their disembarkation will be organized with the recommended biological protection measures.
  • The pre-shipment medical review requirements are suspended when there are crew changes from the aforementioned places or affected areas.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes


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Guam

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

14 day quarantine requirement for any arriving passengers / crewmembers. Arriving passengers are sent to designated hotels. Most hotels have closed during this time, it is very hard to get a reservation without a medical certificate showing the person has tested negative for the COVID 19 virus. Suggest no crew change to be carried out till further notice.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All vessels that has been to affected countries are required to have 14 days quarantine before allowing entry into Guam.  All crew must wear masks and gloves for arrival boarding by Guam Customs. All MSC affiliated ships have been subjected to MSCHQ "gangway up" order and are restricted to ship.  Crews can access wharf only when clear of non-ship personnel. Non-ship personnel can access wharf only when ship personnel are aboard ship.  No personal interaction between ship and shore personnel is permitted.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

Government officials may or may not board upon arrival.  Communications involving ship and shore personnel will be done over email. All USCG COC inspections will be done through video and submitted on a USB flash drive.  Possible port congestion. Flight cancellations

Other Information

To date, there are a total of 151 cases have been confirmed through COVID-19 testing provided with 126 released from isolation and 5 deaths.


Related Notices:
JIC Release No. 109 - End of Day Results_ Zero Test Positive for COVID-19 by DPHSS.docx
JIC Release No. 107 - End of Day Results_ Two Test Positive for COVID-19 by DPHSS.docx
JIC Release No. 100 - Zero Tests Positive for COVID-19 by DPHSS; JRM Updates .docx
JIC Release No. 98 - End of Day Results_ One Tests Positive for COVID-19 by DPHSS.docx


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Micronesia Islands (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Koror)

All Ports
Update: 13/04/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew coming in is required to comply with 14 day quarantine period. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Health screening for all incoming vessels. As of now, all cargo and tanker vessels are not required to observe the 14 days requirement prior to their entry into FSM. All vessels have to submit via electronic transmission copy of crew member passport (bio pge only), crew list, ship particulars, voyage memo and notice of schedule 72Hrs prior to arrival at FSM seaports.

Port Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: No


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UNITED STATES

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Both the US and Canada are allowing crew changes as they are demmed necessary to commerce in both countries. Crew must have in US a valid C1/D1 for commercial crew or a valid B1/B2 for private air and see crew. In Canada required crew visas are also required.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

In US all arriving crew from a foreign country must fly into one of the 13 COVID-19 testing airports listed here -

  • Atlanta: Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL),
  • Boston: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS),
  • Chicago: Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD),
  • Dallas/Fort Worth: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW),
  • Detroit: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW),
  • Honolulu: Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL),
  • Los Angeles: Los Angeles International Airport (LAX),
  • Miami: Miami International Airport (MIA),
  • New York City: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK),
  • Newark, N.J.: Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR),
  • San Francisco: San Francisco International Airport (SFO),
  • Seattle: Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA),
  • Washington, D.C.: Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD).

Crew Changes are permitted in US however there may be additional restrictions as per each port as mandated by local Port Director/District Field Office.

Port Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: No

In US and Canada commerce is moving and ship calls are being worked without delays. No essential businesses which includes maritime work has been stopped as of today. / Some labor shortages are being noticed in the larger more heavy hit ports of the US. / Tank Capacity in NE and Florida is starting to happen. / Expect Product Tanker delays in dscharge due to Tank Capacity.

Other Information

Have attached the National CBP and USCG directives. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-nonimmigrants-certain-additional-persons-pose-risk-transmitting-2019-novel-coronavirus/ USCG to be a little more lenient when it comes to Drydock/COC Inspections (see attached MSIB 09-2020) / Have attached MSIB 10 20 and 11 20. / White House has extended social distancing until April 30, 2020 MSIB 12-20 and 13-20 added on 4/6/20. / MSIB 14-20 added on 4/13/20. MSIB08-20 extended. / MSIB1502 issued 4/22/20 attached. / MSIB 04/20 (UPDATE 4) issued 4/23/20 attached.

HEALTH SCREENING DOCUMENT


BAR HARBOR, MAINE

Crew Changes:

For cargo ships arriving from COVID-19 travel suspended countries, CBP is delaying the inspection of the crew until 14-days after foreign departure. The crew will be detained onboard until inspected. All vessels will be required to submit a security plan to include the hiring of additional guards for all vessels arriving from suspended countries. Once the 14-day mark is passed, CBP will inspect the crew and may issue landing permits (if there are no other concerns). In some cases the ship may depart the port before 14-days and in those cases the crew is remaining on board for the duration.

Port Restrictions
The Bar Harbor Town Council has implemented an emergency ordinance which includes suspension of cruise ship operations through April 30, 2020 at least.

Delays & Closures
Cruise Calls are cancelled thru April 30th at this point

Other Information
For the complete cruise vessel ordinance visit: www.barharbormaine.gov.


BALTMORE

Crew Changes:
Crew Changes can still occur on a case by case basis. Vessel's last port can not be within 14 days of the last port if the last port is one of the countries where the travel ban is currently in place. On Signers must arrive via one of the 13 pre-approved screening Airports. Off Signer requests need to be submiited 48 hours in advance.

Port Restrictions
The below pre-arriva must be received at least 48 hrs in advance. Vesses must aswer the below Pre arrival for CBP:

  •  Provide the condition of health for all crew:
  •  Please submit a list of countries each crewmember visited in the last 14 days prior to arrival in Baltimore:
    •  If provided, Please sign the attached CBP I259 (Detain onboard):
  •  If a offsigner/D2 is listed on a I259 notify us immediately of the identity of those crewmembers. Once a crewmember is detained onboard we cannot allow an off signer short of a medical emergency:
  •  Attach approved 3171
  •  Provide last 14 days of travel:
  •  Estimated time in port(ETB-ETC/D):
  •  Next destination:

Delays & Closures
Seafares service (Seaman's Church is closed)

Other Information
Social Distance in order.


BEAUMONT/SABINE PASS

Crew Changes:
PIN: 20-005: Crew sign-offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crewmember is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crewmember has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction to the crewmember's travel. Additionally, CBP Fusion desk must be notified of any crew repatriations planned and will be provided with instructions on any additional requirements in place at that time. Due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice. A trade notice will be sent if CBP Houston/Galveston Area Port implements any major changes.

Port Restrictions
All maritime crew will be remanded ot their vessel until further notice. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such resopns as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Social Distance in order.


BOSTON, MA

Crew Changes:
Restricting crew movement if anyone on board is ill or if the vessel, or any crew members on board the vessel, has been in Italy, China, or Iran. In those cases our AT/CET (Enforcement) managers are issuing detailed security plans that are vessel specific. Procedures could change quickly depending on circumstances, When you have vessels for Boston, continue to email the CBP 3171, let us know if the vessel or any crew have been in restricted countries within the past 14 days, or if anyone on board is sick. As far as crew with expired visas, there have been no changes in procedures for detaining on board.

Port Restrictions
Requested by Boston Harbor Pilots, instructions on navigation bridges santization, personnel distancing and other precautions must be upheld. Effective immediately, pilots may not board any vessel unless the precautions in memo forwared to the vessel by the local port agent are followed. All ships, both arriving and departing, are required to electronically send their pilot cards to both the Boston Pilots and Boston Docking Pilots. Ship to confirm the bridge is disinfected in the same email with the pilot card. / At this time, if CBP is going to detain or hold all crew on board due to the current pandemic, you will be notified and given a plan to put in place. Otherwise, CBP is not detaining crew, or requiring crew to stay on the vessel, if they would otherwise be eligible for D1 status.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Social Distance in order.


CORPUS CHRISTI

Crew Changes:
PIN: 20-002: Crew sign-offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crewmember is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crewmember has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction to the crewmember's travel. Additionally, CBP Fusion desk must be notified of any crew repatriations planned and will be provided with instructions on any additional requirements in place at that time. Due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice. A trade notice will be sent if CBP Houston/Galveston Area Port implements any major changes.

Port Restrictions
All maritime crew will be remanded ot their vessel until further notice. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such reasons as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc.

Delays & Closures
No closures or expected closures due to the coronavirius.
04/15 There are steel pipes submerged in the channel around Ingleside. To be removed on the 16th (AGW)

Other Information
Social Distance in order.


SOUTH FLORIDA PORTS

Crew Changes
Orlando - Crew changes are permitted, but flight must be directly out of US from MCO and must be within 4 hours of being cleared by CBP as well as must be safeguarded from vessel to CBP to Airport. Port Everglades - all crew changes are permitted at present. Recommend all flights foreign from MIA, FLL or WPB airports. Miami - all crew changes are permitted at present. recommend all flighst foreign form MIA, FLL or WPB airports. Port Canaveral, West Palm Beach/Port Everglades & Miami - ALl crew are being detained onboard on arrival from foreign however if approved crew changes can still take place.

Port Restrictions
All crew changes should be approved before arranging and local ports are confirming with CBP before confirming with client.

Delays & Closures
Port Canaveral, Port of Palm Beach, Port Everglades and Miami are all open and working as normal for now with no restrictions. / starting to see tank capacity in Florida. / Expect Product Tanker delays in discharge due to tank capacity.

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


HAWAII

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

All persons arriving in Hawaii, both visitors and residents, must be quarantined for 14 days. Crew can join but would be held for 14 day quarantine so suggest not sending crew to Hawaii for crew changes.

Port Restrictions
All crew is detained on board all arriving vessels.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


HOUSTON

Crew Changes:
PIN: 20-005: Crew sign-offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crewmember is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crewmember has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction to the crewmember's travel. Additionally, CBP Fusion desk must be notified of any crew repatriations planned and will be provided with instructions on any additional requirements in place at that time. Due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice. A trade notice will be sent if CBP Houston/Galveston Area Port implements any major changes.
All crew changes should be approved before arranging and local ports are confirming with CBP before confirming with client.

Port Restrictions
All maritime crew will be remanded ot their vessel until further notice. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such resopns as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc. Today, Sector Houston-Galveston issued the attached MSIB 15-20. The MSIB should be posted to Homeport NLT tomorrow, but I wanted to send an advanced, approved copy. Until further notice, vessels submitting an NOA for arrival to the Houston-Galveston COTP zone will be required to submit the attached attestation.
The vessel will remain on the Not Cleared To Enter List until the attestation form is received and reviewed. Please take note that we have requested the attestation to be sent to multiple email inboxes. Our review process will normally only occur during business hours, so please be proactive by sending the attestation at the time of NOA submission or as soon as possible thereafter to avoid unnecessary delays.
When we begin screening vessels tomorrow morning, new NOA's submitted will be screened as described above. If our office and MSU Texas City has not received the completed attestation, the vessel will be put on the NCTEL awaiting a response. We will not notify the agents or contacts for this attestation, but rather await submission. For the next few days only, it is highly recommended that you submit an attestation if you have to submit an amendment/update to your NOA just to avoid possible confusion. After a few days, this will not normally be necessary. This email is being sent blind copied to most of the agents and vessel representatives we work with regularly in Houston for broadest dissemination. If you have questions, please contact our office below. Thank you for your continued cooperation. Effective April 8th, POHA will require non-contact temperature screening prior to entry into Bayport and Barbours Cut Terminals restricted areas.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.

MSIB Houston-Galveston Sector


JACKSONVILLE

Crew Changes
Crew changes still permitted.

Port Restrictions
Nothing above what CBP Washington has advised.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


LAKE CHARLES

Crew Changes
Crew sign-offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crewmember is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crewmember has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction to the crewmember's travel. Additionally, CBP Fusion desk must be notified of any crew repatriations planned and will be provided with instructions on any additional requirements in place at that time. Due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice. A trade notice will be sent if CBP Houston/Galveston Area Port implements any major changes.

Port Restrictions
All maritime crew will be remanded ot their vessel until further notice. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such resopns as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


LONG BEACH & LOS ANGELES

Crew Changes
Crew Changes allowed. 

Port Restrictions
No port restrictions at this time. / CBP new office hours: Monday-Saturday – 0800-1400 | Sunday and Federal holidays closed

Delays & Closures
ILWU Strike, refusal to board car ships. TBD / New gate hours to allow for time to clean stevedoring equipment. 1st shift: 0800-1700 2nd Shift: 1900-0400 (see attached email) more so effecting container terminals

Other Information
14/04 - • Washington, Oregon and California Announce Western States Pact / • Inslee issues protection for high-risk workers


MOBILE

Crew Changes
Crew changes are allowed with the below listed restrictions

 **NOTE: Agent must notify CBP Operations Desk and the boarding officer before inspection begins of any crew repatriations planned in New Orleans. You will be provided with instructions on any additional requirements in place at that time. Please note, due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice. A trade notice will be sent if CBP New Orleans implements any further changes. At this time, crew sign offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crew member is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crew member has valid travel documents and there is no other restriction on the crew member's tracel.

Port Restrictions
CBP and other Government Officials are still boarding vessels at this time. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such reasons as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


MOREHEAD CITY & WILMINGTON

Crew Changes
Joining crew must arrive at 1 of 13 COVID-19 screening airports, but Crew changes are still permitted.

Port Restrictions
Nothing above what CBP Washington has in place currently.

Delays & Closures
Work is happening as normal. Some processes and procedures at terminals/port are being changed due to COVID-19 but commerce is continuing as normal.

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


NEW ORLEANS & BATON ROUGE

Crew Changes
Crew changes are allowed with the below listed restrictions.

**NOTE: Agent must notify CBP Operations Desk and the boarding officer before inspection begins of any crew repatriations planned in New Orleans. You will be provided with instructions on any additional requirements in place at that time. Please note, due to evolving travel restrictions worldwide, this activity is subject to change on short notice. A trade notice will be sent if CBP New Orleans implements any further changes. At this time, crew sign offs (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crewmember has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crew member is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crew member has valid travel documents and there is no other restriction on the crew member's tracel.

Port Restrictions
CBP and other Government Officials are still boarding vessels at this time. CBP will work with carriers on a case-by-case basis on temporary shore leave requests for such reasons as but not limited to humanitarian, shore side business critical to the safe operation of the vessel, legal, medical, etc. Daylight transit only for Mississippi River mm167.5-mm234. pls see attached NOBRA pilots restriction – any vessel with a draft over 35ft – will require a NOBRA pilot to be onboard when anchored in NOBRA’s district – from pilot change – New Orleans up to Baton Rouge. / 04/15 daylight transit only mm167.5-mm234 / 5/15 - SWPass MAX DRAFT INCREASED TO 44FT(FW) max draft – governing factor for loading / discharging calls to Miss. R. (SEE ATTACHED FROM BAR AND CRESCENT PILOTS) (Federal pilots also acknowledging 44FT(FW) as well.

Delays & Closures
Work is happening as normal. Some processes and procedures at terminals/port are being changed due to COVID-19 but commerce is continuing as normal.

Other Information
The pilots have issued instructions to all vessels regarding sanitizing all areas and avoiding contact prior to pilot boarding and a number of other requirements to ensure the safety of all concerned. Government agencies have issued a number of notices regarding safety precations. The Governor of the State of Louisiana has issued stay at home orders for the entire state. Attached is a copy of the proclamation with all relevant details. Also attached is the latest report from LAMA (Louisiana Maritime Association) who provides daily updates of any/all changes as they pertain to our industry. In their report are also links to the notices/orders issued by any Government Officials. / CBP electronically entering/clearing vessels in NOLA, Baton Rouge & Gramercy / Bonnet Carre Spillway opening Friday/3rd Apr. due to very high water condition’s/levels.  04/14/20 - Corp of EngineersCLOSED 10 of the 90 BAYS Bonnet Carre Spillway (slow closing) as river level allows. 5/14 Army Corps has totally closed the Bonnett Carre Spillway.

Bar Pilots SWP 44FT
CRPPA Draft to 44FT
MSIB 07-20 CHANGE
High Water Restrictions
LMR Navigation Conditions


NEW YORK

Crew Changes
Crew Changes are not permitted for vessels that are arriving from a restricted Country within 14 days. After 14 days has elapsed, it will be at the strict discretion of Local CBP. If a vessel arrives with an infected crew member the vessel will not be denied entry. They will be sent to anchor like any vessel with inoperable equipment or another marine casualty situation. Then the situaiton will be turned over to the CDC and will be handled on a case by case basis.

Port Restrictions
USCG has required that all Terminals submit an additional security plans for approval to ensure crew of detained vessels (Vessels less than 14 days from last visit to Restricted Countries) do not desert and a deterrent from absconding. USCG/CBP/Local Terminals are doing all possible to mitigate Human to Human Contact, i.e., PPE, gloves, N-95 Face masks, boardings and meetings are exclusively with the capt at the bottom of the gangway on the dock, USCG/CBP/Terminals are only boarding unless it is absolutely necessary, if boarding is necessary they will reduce number of people in each area. Vessels must report any sick individuals on their ENOA, which will in turn induce follow up by USCG, if someone is infected with COVID-19, USCG will turn situation over to the CDC. Every incident will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

Delays & Closures
None at this time, due COVID-19 business as usual. Starting to see labor shortages as less and less ILA workers are showing up to work. Also seeing tank capacity for Wet Product. Expect delays in discharge for product tankers.

Other Information
State of Emergency currently in effect, all non-essential business's are closed. Non-Essential Personnel are to Stay Home. Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


NORFOLK

Crew Changes
In addition to federal guidelines. USCG COTP is detaining all crew having departed last foreign port less than 15 days ago. Crew Changes can still occur on a case by case basis. Vessel's last port can not be within 14 days of the last port if the last port is one of the countries where the travel ban is currently in place. On Signers must arrive via one of the 13 pre-approved screening Airports. Off Signer requests need to be submiited 48 hours in advance.

Port Restrictions
In addition to federal guidelines and above restrictions. Cruise Callas have been canceled for 30 days. Shore leave is permitted on a case by case basis but all Non-Essential Businesses have been closed and only essential personnel are allowed out in public. Social Distancing is mandated. Medical Assitance is available for urgent cases only. Elective procedures are postponned indefinitely.

Delays & Closures
None at this time, due COVID-19 business as usual.

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


PORTLAND, MAINE

Crew Changes
For cargo ships arriving from COVID-19 travel suspended countries, CBP is delaying the inspection of the crew until 14-days after foreign departure. The crew will be detained onboard until inspected. All vessels will be required to submit a security plan to include the hiring of additional guards for all vessels arriving from suspended countries. Once the 14-day mark is passed, CBP will inspect the crew and may issue landing permits (if there are no other concerns). In some cases the ship may depart the port before 14-days and in those cases the crew is remaining on board for the duration.

Port Restrictions
Due to the recent health concerns surrounding cruise ships and their passengers, the City of Portland has made the decision to not allow cruise ships to berth in Portland in the month of April.

Delays & Closures
Cruise Calls canceled thru the month of April

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.
 


PORTLAND, OR

Crew Changes
No crew allowed to transit portland Intl airport, as per US Gov. If crew changes need to take place, crew must fly to Seattle 3 hours from Portland. All crew detained on board.

Port Restrictions
Labor shortage has been an issue as our labor pools are restricting workers to jobs only in the counties that they live in. This is causing pot congestion. / APS Stevedoring Portland advised that labor is only allowed to have a maximum of 25 people per shift. This includes drivers, which would definitely delay cargo operations. Customers were already informed of this change.

****Confirmed yesterday with APS that this is only being enforced at the Port of Portland due to State Governor instructions. Astoria Customs and Border Protection Officers advised they are only riding with vessel agents on the launch service and no one else.

Delays & Closures
Labor shortage has been an issue as our labor pools are restricting workers to jobs only in the counties that they live in. TBD / APS Stevedoring Portland advised that labor is only allowed to have a maximum of 25 people per shift. This includes drivers, which would definitely delay cargo operations. Customers were already informed of this change. 

This is only being enforced at the Port of Portland due to State Governor instructions. Astoria Customs and Border Protection Officers advised they are only riding with vessel agents on the launch service and no one else.

Other Information

Portland USCBP officer advised all crew on vessels will be detained upon arrival to port regardless of their status. This instruction was advised internally as Portland USCBP’s port policy.
04/14 - • Washington, Oregon and California Announce Western States Pact • Inslee issues protection for high-risk
04/15 - Oregon Governor Introduces Framework for Reopening Oregon workers

Framework to Reopen Oregon


PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND

Crew Changes
CBP is delaying the inspection of the crew until 14-days after foreign departure. At this time, if CBP is going to detain or hold all crew on board due to the current pandemic, you will be notified and given a plan to put in place. Otherwise, CBP is not detaining crew, or requiring crew to stay on the vessel, if they would otherwise be eligible for D1 status.

Port Restrictions
Local port agents are to pass on instructions pertiaining to navigation bridges santization, personnel distancing and other precautions to all vessels prior to arrival. These instructions must be met for pilots to board. Procedures may change as we get updates.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


PHILADELPHIA

Crew Changes
In addition to federal guidelines. Crew changes are permitted as long as joiners arrive via one of the designed screening airports. So far off signers are permitted but must submit details of off signers and intended flights to CBP for review/ approval. If an arriving vessel crewmemer appears to be ill, CBP and Coast Guard will follow protocols designed by local public health auathorities. Decisions on whether entire crew will be detained or other measures is on a case by case basis. There are limited direct flights that are suitable such as Philadelphia to Doha.

Port Restrictions
Local USCG & CBP are also doing their own screening and will reach out to a vessel where needed / MAC Advisory Committee sent out notice for protective measuares to ensure safery of members of Pilots Assoc for Bay and river Delaware as well as agents , crew and regional port Community and requesting via agents that bridge and related equipment be cleaned and santized / Shipboard personnel to to a 2 meter min distance from pilot plus/ only essential personnel be allowed on bridge. CBP are carry out business as usual however for those ships arriving from Europe within 14 day period - CBP will NOT board and will allow entrance/clearance by copies only. Crew would be detained on board. CBP would not require agents to board to obtain Originals. USCG is still continuing PSC Exams on a case-by-case basis - but has downgraded the boarding requirements esp due to lack of personnel.

Delays & Closures
The terminals in the Ports of Philadelphia are open and operating. Some terminal operators are requesting additional information in advance. Declarations of Security to determinel health of crew onboard. Previous port of call, etc. Some terminals may not use their own transport vehicles to pick up crew to/fm gate - they will allow them to walk to get if necessary. Per MSIB 07-20 The facility compliance regulations outlined throughout 33 CFR remains in force and facility operators are expected to continue to comply with thee regulations. Some terminal operators are requesting additional information/ starting to see labor shortages as less and less ILA workers are showing up to work. Also seeing tank capacity for Wet Product. Expect delays in discharge for product tankers.

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


PORTLAND, OREGON

Crew Changes
No crew allowed to transit portland Intl airport, as per US Gov. If crew changes need to take place, crew must fly to Seattle 3 hours from Portland. All crew detained on board.

Port Restrictions
Labor shortage has been an issue as our labor pools are restricting workers to jobs only in the counties that they live in. This is causing pot congestion. / APS Stevedoring Portland advised that labor is only allowed to have a maximum of 25 people per shift. This includes drivers, which would definitely delay cargo operations. Customers were already informed of this change.
****Confirmed yesterday with APS that this is only being enforced at the Port of Portland due to State Governor instructions. / Astoria Customs and Border Protection Officers advised they are only riding with vessel agents on the launch service and no one else.

Delays & Closures
Labor shortage has been an issue as our labor pools are restricting workers to jobs only in the counties that they live in. 

Other Information
Portland USCBP officer advised all crew on vessels will be detained upon arrival to port regardless of their status. This instruction was advised internally as Portland USCBP’s port policy. / 04/14 - • Washington, Oregon and California Announce Western States Pact / • Inslee issues protection for high-risk workers


SAN FRANCISCO

Crew Changes
All Crew are now detained onboard whether foreigna arrival or coastwise arrival. If D1 status was given in previous US port then SFO will revoke the D1 status and detain all cre wonboard for SFO and subsequent US calls in order to help with California Statewide shelter in place ruling.

Port Restrictions
No port restrictions for vessels currently. Crew are all detained on board for all vessels. San Francisco Bar Pilots will not take any vessel mail or non-essential packages including bunker samples, cell phone, etc. Sphere MD advised they can evaluate, diagnosis treatment, and prescribe medications for crew members via telemedical consult.

Delays & Closures
Delays - Yes

San Francisco Stevedore Labor for loading cars on RoRo’s is 1 Van driver + 3 car drivers - New
Richmond Stevedore Labor for discharging cars on RoRo’s is 1 Van Driver + 4 car drivers - New

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.

14/04 - • Washington, Oregon and California Announce Western States Pact / • Inslee issues protection for high-risk workers


SAVANNAH & BRUNSWICK

Crew Changes
Joining crew must arrive at 1 of 13 COVID-19 screening airports, but Crew changes are still permitted.

Port Restrictions
Would recommend contacting Inchcape Savannah to get approval from CBP for each crew change.

Delays & Closures
No closures or delays.

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


SEATTLE

Crew Changes
Crew changes are still taking place, crew is all detained on board.

Port Restrictions
Longshoremen/stevedores are starting to ask specifics on vessel voyage length in advance as they have advised if it’s under 14days they will not board. / ”One of the local adjusted working rule mandates for COVID19 is, L23 is not allowing unit coffee breaks in the morning or afternoon in an effort to limit social gathering during breaks. What this means is that if a discharge operation goes past 1630 on 1st shift, it is now extended time to account for skipping of afternoon unit breaks.

Delays & Closures
Longshoremen/Stevedores are starting to ask specifics on vessel voyage length in advance as they have advised if it’s under 14 days they will not board.

One of the local adjusted working rule mandates for COVID-19 is, L23 is not allowing unit coffee breaks in the morning or afternoon in an effort to limit social gathering during breaks. What this means is that if a discharge operation goes past 1630 on 1st shift, it is now extended time to account for skipping of afternoon unit breaks.

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


SOUTH CAROLINA

Crew Changes
Joining crew must arrive at 1 of 13 COVID-19 screening airports, but Crew changes are still permitted.

Port Restrictions
CBP is not detaining crew onboard right now, but most ships are coming form other ports where they have been detained onboard.

Delays & Closures
Work is happening as normal. Some processes and procedures at terminals/port are being changed due to COVID-19 but commerce is continuing as normal.

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


ST. CROIX

Crew Changes:
Crew changes are not permitted. Borders/airports are open. 

All crew will be detained on board at the time of arrival. As of 03/23/20, hotels are not booking new reservations.

Port Restrictions:
Limetree Bay Terminal has updated policy to include 14 day quarantine and health check from Physician for all embarking technicians/surveyors arriving on St.Croix before they are allowed into terminal. Free pratique is not granted upon arrival. Required Pre-arrival Documents: health declaration, list of last 10 ports, signed Corona Virus screening form Shore Leave is not permitted at this time Further USCG Screening for all vessels that have visited travel banned countries or other restricted areas within their last five (5) ports of call. Social distancing is mandated (10 person limit) but no curfew has been issued at this time Medical Assistance is available for life-threatening illnesses only.

Closures & Delays
None


TAMPA & MANATEE

Crew Changes
Joining crew must arrive at 1 of 13 COVID-19 screening airports, but Crew changes are still permitted.

Port Restrictions
Only restrictions are those Federally and USCG mandated.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Those Essential Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.


Related notices:
MSIB-02 20_Change 5
MSIB 07-20 Change 4
DUKW Passenger Canopy Removal
MSIB 14-20 Ballast Water
Mariner Credentials
Certain Scarce or Threatened Health & Medical Resources for Domestic Use
Vessel Response Plan
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Vietnam

All Ports
Update: 28/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

  • Entry visa for all foreigners are suspended,
  • All Vietnamese incoming passengers are isolated either at home or medical centers.
  • All crew changes are impossible at this stage.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • All cruise ships are not accepted.
  • All bulk carriers/tankers can proceed with the loading/ discharging after obtaining the approvals from local quarantine authorities.
  • Pls be updated for Offshore calls handling:
    • It's required at least 14 days of isolation for boarding pass.
    • Boarding agent must obtain Health certificate "negative with CoVID-19" & declare Medical Form of Offshore terminals.
  • ISS can provide OPA service for Offshore calls as usual.

Port Closures and Delays

Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has just signed the 79/NQ-CP resolution on the list of 80 countries, of which their citizens are eligible for the electronic visa (e-Visa) and the list of international border gates, which allow foreigners to enter and exit with e-Visa. The resolution takes effect July 01, 2020 for tourism visa. More guidelines for working visa (used for crew changes) will be issued soon.

So far, Vietnam has suspended entry for all foreign nationals. Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers are allowed to enter the country at this time. Anyone entering Vietnam must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

All foreigners who entered Vietnam after March 1 on visa exemptions, e-visas or tourism visas will be given automatic stay extensions at no charge until June 30, 2020.

Visitors who entered the country before March 1 may be considered for the extension, provided they can show an official letter from their embassy or consulate stating they were unable to leave the country due to objective reasons. Foreigners who have undergone quarantine or treatment for Covid-19 in Vietnam are also eligible for the extension. They must bring their certification documents to show immigration officials when leaving Vietnam.
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Yemen

All Ports
Update: 17/05/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Because of the security reasons ALL ship’s crews and/or armed guards must stay onboard. Crew replacement strictly prohibited at Hodeidah and Saleef Ports.We confirm the mentioned restrictions to be valid. Besides, the Port Health Authority now examines ship's crew at the anchorage area for corona virus before allowing her to enter. We recommend that crew change to be safer done at Djibouti where they have many airlines that connect the world.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

14 Days compulsory quarantine for all vessels are applicable basis arrival in Yemen Port . The Port Health Authority now examines ship's crew at the anchorage area for corona virus before allowing her to enter. Shore leave is not permitted

Closures & Delays
Expect Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Yemen is badly affected with civil war conitinued for last 5 Years and the instrastructure to prevent the mass spread of corona virus is limited. Currently the Ports in Hodeidah and Saleef are funcitonals for Tankers and human consumption.

Other Information

None


Hodeidah

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

14 Days compulsory quarantine for all vessels are applicable basis arrival at Yemani Port. The Port Health Authority now examines ship's crew at the anchorage area for corona virus before allowing her to enter. Shore leave is not permitted Aden Port As per generalization decision from Ministry of Health, please be informed tt, port health representative will attend any vessel call Aden for Corona Virus checkup at the pilot station. Port health representative will attend the first person on board for medical checkup for all crew after that will give the clearance to port control that vessel/crews clean from the virus & vsl will proceed to cargo operation berth. Moreover, Ships will keep at anchorage area about 14 days and after complete the 14 day the port health representative will attend the vessel for medical inspection as mention. Regarding coalition force, As usual any vessel calling Aden must have the coalition permit to inter Yemen water and this issue through ship owner or ship agent to provide them with required document.


Saleef

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

14 Days compulsory quarantine for all vessels are applicable basis arrived in Yemeni Port. The Port Health Authority now examines ship's crew at the anchorage area for corona virus before allowing her to enter. Shore leave is not permitted


Aden

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

14 Days compulsory quarantine for all vessels are applicable basis sailed from the Last Port . The Port Health Authority now examines ship's crew at the anchorage area for corona virus before allowing her to enter. Shore leave is not permitted


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Inchcape Internal Shipping Services Precautionary Measures Against Airborne Viruses, Issued 11.03.20

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