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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Currently in Albania to arrange a crew change operations we need 72hrs notice for Nationality which need visa to enter in Albania and 24hrs notice for those which no need visa to enter.

Also here under documents required:

  1. Covid-19 Test. Test of COVID-19 to be done prior arrival at Rinas-Tirana Airport from the country of origin.
  2. Passport Copy
  3. Seaman's book copy
  4. Flight details
  5. Arrival & departure crew list.
  6. Hotel stay is allowed for ON/ OFF signers
  7. ON /OFF signers no need to be quarantined

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free Pratique is granted when the quarantine officer boards the vessel. Normally on vessel arrival and without any delay.
Health declaration is required by all vessels entering Albania.
There are no restrictions for vessel coming from infected areas.
Cruise vessel are allowed to stay only for provision & bunker supply.
When boarding the vessel, only one person is allowed at any time and his stay on board must be no longer then 30 minutes.
For vessel coming in Albania for cargo operation, medical assistance is available.

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

Ports are open for cargo operation.

Other Information
We are waiting for official notice from the government that Albania will be open again totally on 01.07.2020


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Algeria

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change is not permitted at the present time as borders are closed. Quarantine is in place for all persons arriving to Algeria: Algerian citizens repatriated (All flights have been suspended).

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

For all the vessels arriving at the Algerian ports, crew members must all be screened on roads before authorizing the berthing/commencement of operations.
Free Pratique must be granted before allowing the vessels to berth or to commence their commercial operations.
No specific restrictions based on previous ports called. 
No cruise vessels allowed for the moment.
No shore leave permitted.
No Precautionary testing in place.
Social distancing is mandated.
Medical assistance is available for emergencies only.

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

No port closures due to COVID -19. 

Other Information
Masks and gloves must be worn at all times when in contact with shore personnel


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Argentina

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Since 18/ March /2020 Argentina Temporary Closured their Borders to the entrance of Foreigners from any country until 16/Aug/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
None


Related notices:
circular 17032020.pdf


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Angola

All Ports
Update: 18/07/2020

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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Aruba's reopening is happening in phases and monitored closely by the government and the Department of Public Health and the following are the most recently updated reopening dates by region and country.

Bonaire & Curacao July 1, 2020 -
Canada July 1, 2020 
Europe July 1, 2020 
The Caribbean (Excluding the Dominican Republic & Haiti)
The United States of America - July 10, 2020

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Maritime borders for Seafarers are still closed, however crew change is allowed under the following conditions: Requirements for entry: -Must wear a mask on the flight to Aruba -Straight transport from the airport to the seaport and vice versa. (Overnight stay not allowed) -Every traveler to be in good health (health declaration PCR); Seafarer are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test (PCR) before traveling (in the US CVS and Rite-Aid do offer these tests) bring their test proof with them. Authorized PCR test applicable for Aruba is the nasal/oral specimen through PCR testing. Any other COVID-19 test (serological testing/antibody testing, antigen testing or any other blood test) is not accepted. Test must be done 72 hours prior to departure and uploaded not later than 12 hours prior to arrival. -N95 (or equivalent) masks to be worn at all times (for everyone involved via the crew change); -Social distancing to be observed (everyone); -Hand hygiene to be practiced (everyone); -Sanitizing of launch and taxi after each trip; All our drivers and launch boat have been properly informed about the procedures. -Dedicated transportation to be arranged considering social distancing in the taxi / bus (need case: more taxis or busses). Windows will be open (no a/c), luggage to be handled by crew themselves; -No stops in between, other than at harbor immigration office. - Mandatory ED card* to be filled in – ED application must be completed within 12-72h prior to the travel on http://www.edcardaruba.aw.

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


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Australia

All Ports
Update: 06/08/2020

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.  

Maritime workers returning home who have been working overseas
Must self-isolate at home for 14 days. For those arriving via ship, the period maritime crew spend at sea prior to their arrival in Australia counts towards the 14- day period of self-isolation.  States may have requirements in excess of this.

Workers Entering (from overseas) via air.
Maritime crew are able to enter Australia to join ships. There is a pre-approval application process as well as specific requirements for 14 days upon entry contained in Attachment A of the ABF advice dated 1/4/2020.
Crew are also subject to state/territory requirements. Note that international flights into Melbourne are suspended until 15/7 and max 450 travellers arriving in NSW per day (50 per flight).
In states where quarantine periods are required Visitor Visas will be required in addition to Maritime Crew Visas and transit visas (will replace the transit visa).

International crew signing off and leaving via air
If unable to leave the country within 5 days, an extension to the MCV 5 day period is required. This is an onshore application process.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

The current restriction on international cruise ship entry into Australia will be extended for a further three months to 17th September 2020. Under these restrictions any cruise ship capable of carrying more than 100 passengers will be prohibited from operating cruises in Australia. 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.

Vessels (excluding cruise) may berth in Australia at any time. If the vessel arrives within 14-days from their last international port of call crew movements are limited to essential ship operations alongside with no shore leave prior to 14 days

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

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

Other Information

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

Australian Government - Department of Health  Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia - current situation and case numbers: 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
ABF Advice 01 April 20 Border Restrictions
ABF Advice 15 May 2020 Restrictions on Entry
200701 Maritime Crew Changes ABF Fact Sheet
200619 MCV crew signoff and departing Australia ABF Fact Sheet


Victoria

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.  

Maritime workers returning home (via air) who have been working overseas
14 days directed quarantine. Exemptions available on a case by case basis. NOTE: international flights will not land in Melbourne until at least 15 July 2020.

International crew signing off and leaving via air
Permitted to leave their ship to board an international flight if leaving the same day or go into mandatory quarantine until their flight (or 14 days whichever comes first)

Maritime workers entering to work (from overseas) NOTE: international flights will not land in Melbourne until at least 15 July 2020.
Crew arriving via air can board a ship directly if the ship is departing for an international port within 48 hours. Must use private transport and adopt social distancing where appropriate. Otherwise must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, or until ship departs for overseas port. Exemptions available on a case by case basis, send to: DHHScovid.Ports@dhhs.vic.gov.au
Crew must remain on board unless performing essential functions.

Transiting - entering from overseas NOTE: international flights will not land in Melbourne until at least 15 July 2020.
Need to quarantine for 14 days in between connecting flights

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-overseas-travellers-coronavirus-disease-covid-19#what-if-i-am-just-transiting-through-victoria

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Vessel can enter anytime to work cargo

Other Information 
In line with advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has announced that metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will return to Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions from 11.59pm on Wednesday 8 July 2020. 
This decision was made in response to a significant increase in community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) in these areas. 
If you live in one of these areas, there will once again only be 4 reasons to leave home:

  • Shopping for food and supplies
  • Medical care and caregiving
  • Exercise and recreation
  • Study and work – if you can’t do it from home

Restrictions will be in place until 11:59 on Wednesday 19 August 2020.

Related Notices
ABF Advice 01 April 20 Border Restrictions
ABF Advice 15 May 2020 Restrictions on Entry
200701 Maritime Crew Changes ABF Fact Sheet
200619 MCV crew signoff and departing Australia ABF Fact Sheet


New South Wales

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.  

Maritime workers returning home (via air or land) who have been working in another state
No restriction except for Victoria where persons who have visited COVID hotspots are required to quarantine in their residence for 14 days. Exempt from quarantine if only travelling through hotspot without disembarking vehicle.

Maritime workers returning home (via air) who have been working overseas
14 days directed quarantine

International crew signing off and leaving via air Also applies to domestic crew (Refer to related NSW Notices below)
Requires authorisation by the Commissioner of Police (para 4(1)) Must enter a quarantine facility for 14 days (para 4(3)) Could seek an exemption (para 7)

Maritime workers entering to work (from overseas) - (Refer to related NSW Notices below)
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. (para 1 Exemption)
Via air: 14 days directed quarantine Note restriction on overseas arrivals into NSW (450)

Maritime workers entering to work (from within Australia)
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. (para 1 Exemption)
Via air or land: No restriction except from Victoria. However essential services are exempt from requirement to quarantine while providing that service

Transiting - entering from overseas - (Refer to related NSW Notices below)
14 day directed quarantine (para 5). Note restriction on overseas arrivals into NSW (450 per day)

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

State borders remain open, unless you arrive on a ship or from Victoria.

Vessel can enter anytime to work cargo

The types of activities for which people can board vessels in NSW is limited. (para 2 of NSW maritime-quarantine-exemption) 

Related Notices
ABF Advice 01 April 20 Border Restrictions
ABF Advice 15 May 2020 Restrictions on Entry
200701 Maritime Crew Changes ABF Fact Sheet
200619 MCV crew signoff and departing Australia ABF Fact Sheet
NSW Public Health Order
NSW Public Quarantine Order
NSW maritime-quarantine-exemption


Queensland

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.  

Maritime workers returning home (via air or land) who have been working in another state
Qld residents are exempt residents and may enter Queensland. They must self-isolate if they have been outside the border of Australia within 14 days or have been in areas designated as a COVID 19 Hotspot. The Quarantine requirements will be determined on arrival and could include own residence or directed quarantine (at the individuals expense)

Maritime workers returning home (via air) who have been working overseas
Where a maritime worker has been working overseas and returns to Qld as a resident (or in transit to another state) they are required to self isolate in a nominated premises for 14 days once they clear immigration in Qld, regardless of their final destination.

International crew signing off and leaving via air
Can transit and depart Australia via a flight if they travel directly to an airport to depart or quarantine in a nominated premises until departure

Maritime workers entering to work (from overseas)
Crew arriving in Qld from overseas can join a vessel directly and must self isolate during any layover time prior to boarding the vessel. Must follow requirements in the CHO direction regarding maritime crew changes.

Maritime workers entering to work (from within Australia)
Exemptions from QLD border closure:

  • transporting freight or passengers by sea.
  • provides logistics and support for the transport of freight or passengers by sea.
  • A person who is commercial maritime crew member and complies with any protocol from the CHO

(para 6 of exempt person definition, CHO direction)
NOTE: If a person has entered Queensland from a COVID Hotspot (Victoria) within 14 days they will be required to quarantine unless they apply for and are granted an exemption

Transiting - entering from overseas
If transiting to join a vessel, will be subject to the class exemption for non-cruise maritime crew and may proceed to the vessel (see schedule 1, both Border Direction and Overseas arrivals).
If entering from overseas to transit to another state to return to their residence, 14 days self quarantine in a nominated premises.

Transiting – entering from another state
Permitted provided the worker remains in the airport or complies with any self quarantine direction (if given) (para 12 and Schedule 2,CHO direction)

Applications for entry via website for both entry into Qld and regional and remote areas are available online. A new form (Queensland Border Declaration Form) was required from 3 July 2020.

Further information can be found https://www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/legislation/cho-public-health-directions-under-expanded-public-health-act-powers/border-restrictions

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

A ‘two port policy’ is operating in QLD
Port of Brisbane, Townsville, Gladstone Bundaberg and Alma
Vessels can enter any time to work cargo

All other ports in QLD
The ship must not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 14 days have elapsed since the ship or any relevant person on board the ship left a country outside Australia, whichever is later.
Exemptions for vessels arriving from the following can be sought:
• New Zealand
• Papua New Guinea
• South West Pacific Nations (to be defined by specific island states).
• Singapore

Related Notices
ABF Advice 01 April 20 Border Restrictions
ABF Advice 15 May 2020 Restrictions on Entry
200701 Maritime Crew Changes ABF Fact Sheet
200619 MCV crew signoff and departing Australia ABF Fact Sheet
Queensland GM Direction

 


Western Australia 

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.  

Maritime workers returning home (via air or land) who have been working in another state
A person who ordinarily resides in WA will be permitted to enter WA on the proviso that they have undertaken a 14 day period of supervised quarantine in another Australian state or territory and enter with 24 hours of having completed that period (and have no symptoms). They will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days after entering WA (para 11)
The directions are unclear as the FIFO provision while not expressly limited to performing work in WA imply a need to go to employer funded accommodation (rather than the persons residence). (para 27(k)) 
Note individual exemptions can be sought (might be the way for FIFO workers returning to WA) (para 27(r))

Maritime workers returning home (via air) who have been working overseas
Apply for an exemption under 27(r) or else travel via another state and quarantine in that other state (under government supervision) (para 11).

International crew signing off and leaving via air
Applies to all crew flying out of WA, including domestic crew
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. (para 8 & 9)

Maritime workers entering to work (from overseas)
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 ship: 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. (para 8)

Maritime workers entering to work (from within Australia)
Via air: Maritime crew are subject to a specific set of Directions which provides a class exemption under para 27(r) of the Closing the Border Directions.
Crew arriving by air must quarantine for 14 days in a hotel (para 5).

Other maritime workers
could consider entering as an exempt traveller under
27(h) “any specialists required for industry or business continuity and maintenance of competitive operation where the service is time critical”

Refer to document WA Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions for further details. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Vessels can enter any time to work cargo

Related Notices
ABF Advice 01 April 20 Border Restrictions
ABF Advice 15 May 2020 Restrictions on Entry
200701 Maritime Crew Changes ABF Fact Sheet
200619 MCV crew signoff and departing Australia ABF Fact Sheet
WA Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions


South Australia 

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.  

Maritime workers returning home (via air or land) who have been working in another state
Travellers returning to SA from WA, Tasmania, Queensland and the NT are classified as a ‘low community transmission zone arrivals’ and do not need to quarantine. (para 3(1))
All other persons returning to SA, irrespective of where they reside “including SA residents” must quarantine at a suitable location (can be at home).

Maritime workers returning home (via air) who have been working overseas
14 day directed quarantine

International crew signing off and leaving via air
Crew having spent 14 days self-quarantined and segregated on that vessel in SA for 14 days at sea with no known illness do not have to self-isolate.
When the ship is determined to be COVID free by ABF or another manner determined by the state controller, maritime crew may count time spent on that ship as part of 14 days isolation.

Maritime workers entering to work (from overseas)
All overseas arrivals to remain quarantined until such time as they begin work as an essential traveller (para 8 and Schedule 1)
Essential travellers involved in the provision of transport or freight services must keep a log of close contacts

Maritime workers entering to work (from within Australia)
Travellers entering SA from WA, TAS and NT are classified as a ‘low community transmission zone arrivals’ and do not need to quarantine. (para (1)(b))
“Essential travellers” from all other states are excluded from the requirements to self-isolate.
An essential traveller includes a person involved in the provision of transport or freight services and these essential travellers must keep a log of close contacts (para 9)

Transiting - entering from overseas
Can transit in South Australia if they do not leave the airport in South Australia (or ship if arriving by ship) (para 7)

Transiting – entering from another state
Essential traveller exemption applies (Schedule 2, para 4)

Related Notices
ABF Advice 01 April 20 Border Restrictions
ABF Advice 15 May 2020 Restrictions on Entry
200701 Maritime Crew Changes ABF Fact Sheet
200619 MCV crew signoff and departing Australia ABF Fact Sheet
SA Emergency-Management-Cross-Border-Travel-No-8-COVID-19-Direction-signed


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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: 28/07/2020

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.), Malaysia, 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: 15/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew change is permissible in all major seaports of Bangladesh with certain protocols/guidelines outlined by the Minsitry of Home Affairs to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Although, crew change has been made open in Payra port, logistics difficulty to carry out effective crew movement hinders this operation.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Demolition Vessels arriving at Chittagong Port have to wait at anchorage for 14 days quarantine period starting from the date of sailing from last port. Import of demolition vessels for Ship recycling has been given clearance by the Ministry of Industries (Ship Recycling Branch) from 03.05.2020.

***14 days quarantine imposed for ships trading directly between mainland China and Bangladesh now removed***see circular

Special Bulletin

Closures & Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

Other Information

International scheduled passenger flights have been suspended with effect from today until further notice by the Government in the interests of Public health for controlling the spread of COVID-19 in Bangladesh. Please find circular, issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh date 11.06.2020 in this regard.


Related Documents:
Translated Ministry of Home Affairs Department of Security Services Circular - Regarding immigration of Pilots, Sailors and Crews COVID-19 dated 24.05
Special Health & Medical Declaration

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Barbados

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Crew changes are allowed. Crew are preferable requested to fly in and join vessel directly or disembark Vessel and go straight to Airport Any requested stay in Barbados can be done at designated Hotels. Crew members will have to undergo Covid-19 test and be monitored during they stay on the Island.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

All vessels doing Crew changes are requested to SUBMIT MDHs (Maritime Health Declaration Reports) every 48, 24 & 12 Hours in advance of vessel arrival.

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

 

Country

Belgium

All Ports
Update: 03/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Antwerp port encouraging serious increase of Covid-19 infections, whereby region Antwerp has been put in a soft lockdown situation.  Temporary measures taken at least till end of August as follows: face mask compulsoryat all terminals and public area, social distance of minimum 1.5 meter, no fun shopping allowed by a maximum of one person (not in group) entering a shop, restaurants and bars to be closed as from 23.00 hours, due to curfew as from 23.30 - 06.00 hrs crew members are not allowed being ashore during this timeframe.  All passengers entering Belgium to provide on-line a health passenger locator form 48 hours prior arrival by plane, bus and/or any other transport means. EU Member States currently have different rules on crew changes in their ports. To ensure clarity for all involved, Member States should follow the Commission’s Guidance on facilitating transit arrangements and the Guidance on the implementation of green lanes Guidance
link:https://ec.europa.eu/transport/sites/transport/files/legislation/2020-03-23-communication-green-lanes_en.pdf For non-EU nationals who need visas to disembark within the EU and who could not apply for them due to the current situation, Member States should grant these at the border so that they may be quickly repatriated. Today’s guidelines call on Member States, in coordination with the Commission, to designate ports around EU shores for fast-track crew changes, with adequate facilities for seafarers to undertake medical checks, quarantine if required by the country in question, and transport connections onward to their home country. The pandemic has already led to extension of some contracts, potentially with a negative impact on wellbeing of seafarers. In all cases such extensions should take place with the agreement of the individuals concerned.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Belgian ports fully operational. 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. Overcarriage of river / seapilots 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. 

  • 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. 
    • all industry and production factories restarted their activities as from 4th of May, but telework remains the norm.
  • The taskforce defined following action point: a combined search for additional storage capacity has been initiated.

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Benin

All Ports
Update: 18/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

For your information,  Be informed that crew change will be carried out at Cotonou port at anchorage only.                                                                      
According to the new procedure the crew change can be arranged at anchorage and at berth.
The crew will stay at hotel for 48hours in order to obtained results of their PCR tests.
Be guided accordingly.

  • Visa will be obtained at crew arrival at Cotonou International Airport 
  • Crew change operation will be done under police and navy escort.
  • Crew will no more be put in quarantine.
  • We need 30 mn maximum for immigration formalities 

For smooth operation,  we need the following:
A - On signers

  • Copies of passport and seamen book
  • Flight details with PNR Numbers 
  • Copies of e-ticket

B – Off-signers

  • Copies of passport and seamen book

Both copies should be sent to us before seamen disembarkation.

  • Copies of e-ticket

C - 

  • vessel e-mail address
  • port of call list (last 10 ports)
  • maritime declaration certificate 
  • crew list
  • LOA filled and signed by master
  • Local cargo agent full address

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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Bermuda

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Please note Bermuda’s airport has opened and has limited service for month of July.                                          Crew changes are permitted.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Joiners:

  • COVID test 72 days prior to arriving Bermuda showing negative results
  • 48hrs prior to flying must complete Travelers Authorization form . There is a $75 fee for this.  Fee will cover a COVID test that will be administered on arrival at Bermuda airport.  Note link:  https://www.gov.bm/coronavirus-travellers-visitors
  • A reply email will be sent confirming or denying entry into Bermuda.  If confirmed a copy must be shown at airport ticket counter to allow boarding of flights to Bermuda
  • If joiners staying in Bermuda longer than 24hrs  additional COVID tests will be administered as follows:  3 Days / 7 Days / 14 Days 

Leavers:

  • To desembark vessel and go directly to airport
  • If crew to stay in Hotel they must take a COVID test at $75 each and remain in hotel until negative results, approximately 8 hrs
  • If Test come back positive crew must be quarantined in hotel for 14 days with cost bourne by ship owner
  • Crew must have a valid US, UK, or Canadian visas to transit US, UK, or Canada 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

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

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

Other Information
None.


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Bonaire

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes under strict guidlines. Contact local Inchcape office for more information:

Phone: +507 279 4106 
Phone: +507 6673 8479 (AOH)
Phone: +507 6672 9440 (AOH)
Fax: +507 236 7832 / 7834
Telex: 2118 PA / 2693 PG
Email: ISS.CentralAmerica@iss-shipping.com

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

In addition to standard prearrival docs, an additional Marine Health Declaration form is to be submitted. 
Active cruise calls are temporarily suspended. 
Cargo, repair-, bunker, load/discharge calls remain possible as normal. 
Lay ups are allowed.
Off port attendance to remain as normal. 

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


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Brazil

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes:
Restrictions: Yes

The Ministrial Ordinance nbr 340 issued that extended up to July 30th , 2020 the restriction foreigners to enter in Brazil by air or land, was substituted by a new Regulation issued by Civil Office of the Cabinet of the President of the Republic, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Infrastructure nbr 01, keeping the same restrictions for all foreigners to enter in the Brazilian territory up to August 30th 2020 and add one important item that is the request to present prior boarding to Brazil a health insurance valid while the foreigner will be at Brazil territory. The restrictions are the same, ie, the expections are those with Brazilian Residence Permit, in connections at airports - but can not leave the conection area, holding National Migratory Register, among others. 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. However, Immigration and Health Authorities issued on June 01st a new informative order nbr 02/2020 informing some flexibilities for disembarking crewchanges that can be allowed case by case , each port/local authority must be contacted to get previous authorization and instructions of local understanding like Covid-19 tests before disembarkation and check of medical log book. Embarking is also being authorized case by case depending on local authority/port and pre embarkation the Covid19 test at home country and also when arrives at Brazil, prior board te ship, and quarantine period of 14 days being requested in some ports are requests done by Health Authorities. Authorization to embark is not been granted in all ports nor procedures are the same and this is the main reason that it must be checked case by case prior final decision. Land borders still closed and just opened for citiznes that live in the border areas. Health Authotiries (ANVISA) basis on technical note 130 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 systoms 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. Contacts between crewmembers and Brazilian port area workers is minimum as possible which is being followed by several ports and private terminals that is not authorizing crewmembers to go ashore nor visitors/technicians on board. Embarkation/disembarkation of anyone that will perform indispensable service on board (like mooring masters, surveyors) is authorized case by case and always depending on Vessel´s Maritime Health Declaration evaluation. The responsible company that request the embark or debark authorization to Health Authorities and Immigration must present a detailed information, signaling the airport of departure for the repatriation flight (s), with hourly breaks when authorization is requested, among others usual details.

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

The quarentine period declared for the main cities like Sao Paulo (where is located the most important port od Brazil, Santos), Rio de Janeiro, Sao Luis (where is located one the most important Iron Ore Terminal of Brazil), Belem, Recife, Fortaleza, Parana among others are no longer in force and cities are gradually ease the quarantine measures imposed. All cities do have own plans and divide on stages that will depend of each local evualation. But at these main cities social isolation still requested, use of face masks and services being gradually available.


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: 18/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All passenger flights has been suspended since 18.03.20 till indefinitely. No crew changes will be allowed.
All boarders closed for passenger traffic. Only cargo traffic possible.
Supermarkets, restaurants restrictions has been lifted to support the economy.

  • No longer 14 days quarantine upon arrival.
  • Curfew lifted since 09.06.2020.

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 berth by health before receiving green light to proceed with usual inward clearance alongside Note regulations change rapidly so updates related to inward clearance suggested case by case. No longer 14 days quarantine upon arrival.

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

Vessels will be cleared at berth by health before receiving green light to proceed with usual inward clearance alongside Note regulations change rapidly so updates related to inward clearance suggested case by case.

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: 30/07/2020

Crew Changes:
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:
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

Below are temporary procedures established to obtain entry visas for foreign seafarers planning to join a ship in a Canadian port: 1. Please note that all crew members (holding passports from countries NEEDING visa – see THIS link: https://www.cic.gc.ca/visit-visiter/en/visas) will need to apply online to obtain VISITOR VISA (also called “Temporary Resident Visa” - TRV) in order to enter Canada. Link to apply is https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/apply-visitor-visa/online-outside.html 2. Once they have applied, they should email Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC - Canada Immigration) at: IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca and explain that the applicants are members of a crew and ask to be exempt from COVID-19 travel restrictions. On this site, seafarers need to indicate that their travel is essential (non-discretionary purpose). After following step 1 on the website, they will receive a notification (either via their IRCC Secure Account or email) confirming that their application is approved or refused or requesting more information so that IRCC can make a decision. 3. For any questions, please email: IRCC.IPGVisitorsUnitAdmin-AdminUnitedesVisiteursOPI.IRCC@cic.gc.ca 4. Crew members holding passports of countries NOT requiring visa, MUST HAVE an ‘eTA’ (electronic travel authorization): https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/visit-canada/eta/apply.html

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
Vancouver COVID Visa Restrictions


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Cape Verde

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes allowed or possible.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Flights have now resumed to Cape Verde (mostly from/to Lisbon). For next couple of weeks we will need to double check permits but word is that we will get all clearance for crew changes. As from 15/8, we expect flights to resume normally. I would appreciate if you could spread the message across the network and also updated the ISS Covid website so we can promote this opportunity as much as possible.

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: 05/08/2020

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 undertaking 14 days in quarantine at an assigned place. A deposit of cash or debit card with amount USD3,000 (upon arrival) is required to cover their health inspection and treatment (if any).

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: 27/07/2020

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.

21/JUN/20: Restrictions remains for embarking of foreign crew due to current restrictions of Covid-19, however when it comes to perform Crew Change –Off signing crew Repatriation;- what we can request a special request to the Local Ministry of Health to proceed with crew offsigning only.

We have succeeded to make crew repatriation though Valparaiso and Quintero with approval from Port and Health Authorities within the and protocols applied for Covid -19 contingence. We can try same with other Chilean ports including San Antonio. These ports are located in the central part of Chile and they are close to international Airport. Distance to the nearest international airport is 107.8 kms (arnd 1.20 hrs by car). IATA code is SCL, Aeropuerto Arturo Merino Benitez.
Oher ports in Chile that for distance requires domestic flights are not operative and expect the situation improves as the pandemic restrictions are finishing in some time in the near future.

Based on our positive reply from authorities to allow crew change Repatriation /off signing, the Local Ministry of Health stated the only way to approve crew offsigning is by obtaining the next documents:

-    List of offsigning crew indicating, name, nationality, DOB, Rank, Passport and SBL nbr with respective expiration date.
-    Shorepass for each offsiginig crew.
-    Passport for each offsigning crew.
-    A letter from Captain authorizing disembarking for each offsigning crew 
-    E ticket / Confirmed repatriation flight for each offsigning crew.
-    *Sanitary Passport (This one can be obtain at www.c19.cl). Our local boarding agent can help Master crew explain how to proceed for fill it up.

This Sanitary Passport must be sent by agent to Local Ministry of Health with 24 hrs before crew disembark from the ship.
Once we receive approval from Local Ministry of Health, we must notify Harbour Master and Immigration Department ensure crew have no issue when passing through immigration Border Control check point  at SCL airport.

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/

Chile is in State of Catastrophe for 90 days effective from March 21st. Curfew orders to restrict peoples moves are in place daily from 22:00 hours til 05:00 hours. Useful links. https://www.gob.cl/coronavirus/ https://www.minsal.cl/nuevo-coronavirus-2019-ncov/material-de-descarga/ . 14MAY/2020 The entire zone of Santiago Metropolitan area where 6.5 million people lives (about 38% of Chile’s population), will start a full quarantine as from tomorrow Friday 15/May at 22:00 hrs that will last for 7 days. Additionally, the Cities of Iquique, Mejillones and Antofagasta in the north of Chile will be under the same quarantine ban which is imposed to limit the free transit of citizens across said 4 cities and looks forward to force the population to stay at home. Hence, these restrictions does not affect workings plans at port and maritime terminals of any kind of ships. In general, all cargo flows and logistics to load or discharge outbound and inbound cargoes, are being carried out normally and people engaged in the operation of said logistics (either in trucks, depots, maritime terminals and ports) are entitled to attend and move to their working places. 27/May/2020: Santiago and Iquiquie full quarantine will be extended another week more until Jun/05. Antofagasta and Mejillones will remove full quarantine as from Sat 30/05:00 hrs and National curfew from 22:00 to 05:00 hrs remains the same. Borders remains closed. Hope all going well from your side. Today June 10th at noon and during daily report of COVID 19 pandemic in Chile, the Ministry of Health reported a painful record figure of 5,737 new cases detected in the last 24 hours and 192 deaths. These daily numbers are the higher scored so far. Regretfully this place Chile as the 13th largest country in the word with a total of 148,496 cases and 2,475 deaths since the first COVID 19 case in Chile was reported on March 3rd. Situation does not look good at all, considering that we are approaching quickly to winter time starting next June 20th and there are reports of bad weather forecasts approaching to our country affecting form Coquimbo in the north till Punta Arenas in the south in the coming two weeks. So, we can only expect situation to become worse due to rains and low temperatures in the most populated areas of the country.


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
 

Related notices
Ministerio de Salud CHILE - Coronavirus
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: 31/07/2020

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: 06/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

NEW QUARANTINE AND CREW CHANGE REQUIREMENT IN HONG KONG WITH EFFECT FROM 29 JULY, 2020 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:-

I. CREW CHANGE FOR GOODS VESSELS WITH CARGO OEPRATION 

With  effect  from  29  July  2020  until  further  notice,  ONLY  GOODS  VESSELS  WITH  CARGO OPERATION  will  be  allowed  to  enter  the  Hong Kong waters for crew change and exempted from compulsory quarantine.  They should comply with the following conditions:

(a) shipping  companies/agents  shall  submit  the  Estimated  Time  of  Arrival  (ETA)  and  Estimated  Time  of Departure  (ETD)  of vessel together with the details of the sign-on and sign-off crew to be changed (including their names and flight schedules) 72 hours prior arrival of the vessel for the Marine Department (MarDep)’s approval;   
(b) all crew  members  should  remain  on-board  the vessels  during the stay  of  the vessels  in  Hong  Kong waters  and should not get ashore; 
(c) out-going crew members who have completed their service on-board should stay onboard the vessel during their stay in Hong Kong and travel directly to the airport for repatriation to their home countries so as to minimise contact with the local community;  
(d) in-coming crew members should only arrive Hong Kong when their vessels are berthed in Hong Kong and should get onboard immediately upon arrival;  
(e) point-to-point transfers should be arranged by the shipping companies/agents for crew members to and from the vessel.    Use of public transport including MTR, airport shuttle train and taxi for crew transfer is prohibited.   Crew members should wear masks during the entire journey to and from the vessel;
(f) crew members arriving Hong Kong at the Hong Kong International Airport to sign-on goods vessels must have a negative result of SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid test at an ISO 15189-accredited laboratory or a laboratory recognised by the Government where the laboratory is located with the specimen collected within 48 hours prior to boarding the flight to Hong Kong;  
(g) shipping companies/agents should declare on a letter of certification that the crew member concerned has been tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid with the specimen collected within 48 hours prior to boarding the flight to Hong Kong.    The letter should include an emergency local contact phone number for prompt contact with the concerned crew under emergency situation;  
(h) the crew is required to present MarDep’s approval letter (as mentioned in (a)), the negative test report (as mentioned in (f)) and letter of certification (as mentioned in (g)) to staff of Department of Health (DH) when he/she enters Hong Kong.    The shipping companies/agents should prepare at least one copy of the certification letter to be carried by each crew when arriving Hong Kong for submission to DH staff.   Crew members who fail to present and submit the abovementioned documents to DH staff will be denied  entry,  and  the  shipping companies/agents  concerned  are  required  to  arrange  these  crew  members  to  fly  back  to  their originating country(ies) forthwith;  
(i) shipping companies/agents should keep and if requested provide information on the transportation and logistics arrangement of the  crew  members  (such  as  details  of  the  flights  taken  by  the  crew  concerned,  licence plate  number  and  driver  details  of  the vehicles used to transfer the crew members, exact time and location of the picking up / setting down of the transfers, etc.) for ease of contact tracing;
(j) shipping  companies/agents  must  report  to  the  MarDep  immediately upon receipt of information of any COVID-19 positive cases of their seafarers; and  
(k) shipping companies/agents failing to comply with the above conditions and/or provide the required information will be denied future crew change for one month.
    
**UPDATED** Since 8 July 2020, crew members of vessels entering Hong Kong via the Hong Kong International Airport were subject to a mandatory COVID-19 testing at the DH’s Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC). Starting from 29 July 2020, crew members of good vessels are also required to stay at the TSCC to wait for the test result.

Remarks:  
• Upon arrival at Hong Kong, crew must pay attention to their health condition, take body temperature twice daily and report to your shipping company/agent.   
• If crew feels unwell, please call 2125 1133 (have stayed in Mainland, Macao or Taiwan) or 2125 1999 (have stayed in all overseas countries/territories).
• Crews are allowed to operate another trip and must wear a surgical mask during work.   
• If there is any enquiries, please contact duty Port Health Officer by 2543 1702.   

Further crew change restrictions may apply within short notice.  Port Authorities have final obligation to evaluate the actual COVID-19 measures for crew change.

II. SHIPS WITH NO CARGO OPERATION 

**UPDATED**
• Crew change is NOT possible.
• Cargo ships call Hong Kong for the purpose other than loading or discharging cargoes, are all subject to 14 days compulsory quarantine at the location assigned by Director of Marine / Director of Health.

III. 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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions : Conditional

Crew change can be arranged on the condition that crew must have Schengen visa in advance. It is not possible to arrange from our side transit visas.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

No any other restrictions at the moment.

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

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

Other Information

None.

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Colombia

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

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 Sept 2020 00:01 hours. There is still no information regarding international flights. Only humanitarian flights arriving and taking off 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 terrotory. Prodeco/Glencore stopped all coal productions. The are still shipping the coal that was extracted before mine closure but the stock is very reduced actually.

Other Information
Colombia is in a national quarantine starting 25 march 2020 00:01 up and now extended to 01 August 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.
All Main Colombian ports remain open and working 24/7 SHINC.


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Comoros

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Crew change on regular process is not allowed yet, the only way that we can ask to local heath and migration authorities is by demonstrate that crew members on board have a potential health affectations, mental or physical due to long stay on board and we could process an special request to allow disembarkation / embarkation under strict follow ups and conditions. Below info must be provided at least 15 days in advance: - A letter sign and stamped by your company which has to include name of crew members and reason of disembarking (strong arguments)

  • Plan of repatriation which has to include preliminar flight details, has to ensure a smooth repatriation and that crew members comply with all needed requirements that guarantee they won't be returned to Costa Rica during stopovers.
  • Copy of VISA (if available) and passport.

This won't guarantee approval but we will send this information to local authorities and let them know the importance of performing this service in Costa Rica.

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 is 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
  • Caldera,
  • Golfito,
  • Puntarenas
  • Punta Morales

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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

If vessel is already here, they may go straight to vessel (*) Also if hotel is needed waiting vessels arrival this is possible, on signers will need to go into quarantine hotel but can depart the quarantine hotel at any time as long as it is to go directly onboard the vessel. Vessel does not have to come into port, we can use launch service (*). Starting July 16th: Passengers traveling to Curacao from Belgium, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Germany, France, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Italy, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Turks & Caicos, Uruguay, United Kingdom and Switzerland (**) can enter without quarantine based on the following (all other countries hotel quarantine is required as stipulated above and below): - Traveler has not visited a high risk country within 14 days prior traveling (if high risk country has been visited traveler mush go into quarantine on arrival). - A PRC test must be done maximum 72hrs prior flight of which result must be negative. - Traveler must travel with PRC test results in hand. - PLC form attached must be filled out and sent prior travel to agent, 5 days prior. - Traveler mush travel with PLC form in hand. Off-signers: May disembark. If having business in Curacao or wanting to stay on-island, stay in quarantine hotel is compulsory for 14 days and will be tested on day 13 . If they have a confirmed and valid ticket they may leave the quarantine early to go to the airport. So if vessel arrives but their flight is in a couple of days’ time they can stay in quarantine hotel waiting their flight. They may go straight to airport if having a flight ticket for same day departure (*). Vessel does not have to come into port, we can use launch service. (*) Special conditions apply for these exceptional cases: -N95 (or equivalent) masks to be worn at all times -Social distancing to be observed -Hand hygiene to be practiced -Dedicated transportation to be arranged considering social distancing in the taxi / bus (need case: more taxis or busses). Windows will be open (no a/c), luggage to be handled by crew themselves. -No stops in between, other than at harbor immigration office. -All is supervised by the crisis team and harbor safety officials. (**) the no quarantine status of these countries can be removed at any time. Other countries may also be added. Curacao Covid team analyses each country and adds or removes them from the list. All Covid tests performed are for the account of the individual/company. Current rate for test is USD 150,- per test, subject to change. Ok to board letters still need to be drawn and case by case permit to be obtained (we need copies of passports). For applicable (visa) entry requirements please see our travel advisory attached. All crew changes are subject to approval by the Covid Crisis team and they will arrange al transportation. Required docs (copy passport, seaman book, medical statement, vessel Maritime heath declaration, any other info) to be submitted min./ 5 day prior to crew change (if possible).

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

In addition to standard prearrival docs, an additional Marine Health Declaration form is to be submitted. Active cruise calls are temporarily suspended. Cargo, repair-, bunker, load/discharge calls remain possible as normal. Lay ups are allowed. Off port attendance to remain 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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

CREW CHANGE CAN BE EFFECTED , UNDER CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS AND PROVIDED THAT THERE ARE AVAILABLE FLIGHTS. ANALYSIS IS REQUIRED ON ARRIVAL.

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 synchronisation 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

On-signers
All arrival crew have to hold a negative covid 19 test at least 72 hrs prior of their arrival 
or a  test will be arranged for them upon arrival and remain isolated  ( at a specify  hotel) until their test 
result (24hrs-48hrs max) and  then transport direct on board.

Off-signers :
Can disembark from the vessel  provided that they have flight details .
Additional requirements need in order  to proceed with relevant approvals from the Shipping Deputy Minister to the President 

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: 05/08/2020

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: 18/07/2020

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. Crew change can be done if the special flights for the crew has been arranged by Owners/charterers.  Port authority will handle crew change on behalf of agent USD 420 (incl. of boat, visa, and immigration/transport). Any other service at cost. There was information yesterday that Djibouti is going to open border from 17th Jul and international flight may resume normally. However, we are awaiting official confirmation from government which will be by today or tomorrow.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Seaport

  1. Port is working normally for all commercial vessel. 
  2. No crew change allowed. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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

Free pratique and quarantine at anchorage done only by authorities. No Agent to accompany hence some  days delay expected.

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

Other Information

Airport

  • 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. 
  • As of today, Djibouti has 1,120 positives case / 755 cases recovered and 03 death as of today and all infected has been isolated at various medical centres.
  • 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 upto 08 May. 
  • Djibouti has ended lockdown from 08 May and  awaiting further from concerned authority whether it is fully ended or with conditions.

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DR Congo

All Ports
Update: 18/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

A curfew imposed for all sectors which will also affect operations to pause and staff to respect being home from 2000 – 0500 lt daily. All boarders closed and flights suspended unless cargo flights.

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 coming from infected countries, and stay anchorage or if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 15 Days. Still not officially confirmed as a method byauthorities.

  • Domestic flights has been allowed to operate in certain areas of DRC
  • 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 Closures and Delays
Port Closures: No
Expect Delays: Yes

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 coming from infected countries, and stay anchorage or if master reports any illness on board which give reason for checking of suspected cases. Period 15 Days. Still not officially confirmed as a method by authorities.

Other Information

None.


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Dominican Republic

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes are allowed, however, an authorization to the The High Level Presidential Commission is needed. Documents required: crew details, passport copy and preliminary flight details to request authorization. Covid test or quarantine is not mandatory for travellers. Wearing mask is mandatory.

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. It is currently 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:31/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are not permitted.

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

Since August 1st, 2020, international and national commercial air operations will be increase 50% of the frequencies authorized. If any passenger upon arrival gets a test with positive result, will be automatically isolated in a special room inside the airport. As additional information, kindly note that, since March 29th, Ecuadorian Immigration Authority has enlarged the list of nationalities that need visa to enter to national territory, as follow: AFGANISTAN, ANGOLA, BANGLADESH , CAMERUN , COREA DEL NORTE, CUBA, EGIPTO, ERITREA, ETIOPIA, FILIPINAS, GAMBIA, GHANA, GUINEA, INDIA, IRAK, IRAN, KENIA, LIBIA, NEPAL, NIGERIA, PAKISTAN, REPUBLICA DEMOCARTICA DEL CONGO, SENEGAL, SIRIA, SOMALIA, SRI LANKA, VENEZUELA, VIETNAM, YEMEN. For Colombians they need the judicial record and electronic document “lectura mecánica / lectura electronica” issued at origin.

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: 18/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

For the moment OFF signers crew can be possible when crews members have booking flight update. About On signers possible if members have EG visa from country of origin & PCR Covid 19 negative test.

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: 04/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Please note Egyptian Minister of Aviation declared officially that Egyptian international airports will resume receiving international flights as of 1st July 2020.  Accordingly, please note Crew changes will be possible in Egypt under new procedures / approvals from Quarantine Authorities as follows: 

On Signers: 

  • Joiners arriving from countries where COVID-19 is not spreading and cases are within normal standards will be checked by quarantine at arrival airports and should personnel shows normal health condition (no fever, no COVID-19 signs….etc) he will be allowed to enter to country and proceed to port of destination. Upon arrival to port, he will be checked again by the quarantine authority doctors and will be cleared to join the vessel 
  • Crew arriving from Heavily infected countries with COVID-19, will be required to present a PCR test done by crew no more than 48 hours prior to arrival to the Egyptian borders. 

Off signers: 

  • They will be allowed to disembark at Port of arrival only (meaning if vessel is transiting Suez Canal from Port Said to Suez – Southbound direction – crew will be allowed to disembark only at Port Said after vessel being cleared by quarantine and granted free pratique and after crew is also physically checked by quarantine doctors. Off signer MUST hold a confirmed E-Ticket to flyout of the country. 

Hotels: 

  • Only Hotels which have been cleared and certified by Quarantine and Health authorities can be used for crew accommodation should same be required. We confirm that Both hotels we are using in Cairo / Port Said have been certified and ready to receive guests in their rooms. 

Curfew Timings: 

  • Please note that current Curfew Timing is from 2000 hrs lt. to 0400 hrs lt. We are not sure yet if crew movements will be allowed / permitted during the curfew timing however we presumed that flights timings will match the curfew timings should same not be lifted by Government before 1st of July 2020 however we will keep you posted with developments with regards to this point. 

We are following up closely should any new updates arise and shall keep all our principals closely updated with any developments. 

We look forward to receive your crew back again in Egypt.

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

In light of the Country’s guidelines to control the spread of the new corona virus (COVID-19) and the preventive and precautionary measures undertaken by the Port Authority in this regards; You are kindly 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 as the Egyptian Country is keen on preventing the spread of this pandemic. Best regards Captain / Mamdouh Mohamed Meligui Head of the Central Transit 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

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.


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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El Salvador

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

No crew changed allowed. Quarantine ends 15th June. Economic activities will gradually be reactivated. International Airport sitll closed with no defined re-opening dates.

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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Estonia

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

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 except in Sillamae Port, 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: 18/07/2020

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: 05/08/2020

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: 06/08/2020

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: 03/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

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.

As from 01/08/2020, all people coming or transiting from countries (as listed below) will have to show a COVID 19 test dated less than 72 hrs to immigration officers at the airport.
A PCR test is required, not a quick test.

Failing with this, people will be potentially detained / quarantined / returned to their home country

On top of this, people will be tested again on arrival at Paris CDG. (generating delays in transfer from Airport to vessel). If this test is positive, people will be quarantined.

This list is subject to change every day. More countries might be restricted.

  • USA
  • UAE
  • Bahrein
  • Panama
  • South Africa
  • Koweit
  • Qatar
  • Israel
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Serbia
  • Algeria
  • Turkey
  • Madagascar
  • India
  • Oman

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 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 14days -the virus incubation time) 

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

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

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: 18/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Finally had an official communication this week by the Gabonese government. Announcing the opening of the air borders as from 1st July. But with a maximum of 2 flights per week per airline company. Usually 4 different airline companies reaching Europe, subject to their confirmation/announcement on when they will resume activity within the month of July. Seems that Air France has announced to resume flights as from the 8/7. However we are trying to get official information regarding the visas, quarantine procedure if any…etc as no information yet available in that respect.

  • Curfew will be from 2000 PM to 0500 AM 
  • All Boarders closed for passenger traffic but may open 05.07.2020
  • Crew change possible subject to procedures. Please reach out  for further details.
  • Berthing sailing hours from 0500 – 2000 hrs lt daily due to curfew.
  • Air France has resumed on 08.07.2020. Turkish and Ethiopian to resume 01.08.2020.


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.

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

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 1800 PM to 0600 AM and affect daily operations. Curfew to end 15.06.2020.

Other Information

None.


Related Notices:
11 GABON CIRCULAR FREE TRANSLATION


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Gambia

All Ports
Update: 18/07/2020

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: 15/6/2020

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

From 15 June, borders will open within Europe, making travel possible again – provided the COVID-19 activity in destination countries permits this (12/06/2020) https://www.auswaertigesamt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/covid-19/2296762 - Information on additional regulations at the regional level regarding control measures such as physical distancing or quarantine regulations for persons entering from other countries can be accessed here: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/coronabundeslaender-1745198 (in German) - (Non-medical) face masks must be worn on public transport and in shops in all federal states. - Data on current disease activity can be found in the daily situation reports and on the RKI dashboard: https://corona.rki.de/ - A distance of 1.5 metres to other indivduals must be maintained in public spaces: https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/besprechung-der-bundeskanzlerinmit-den-regierungschefinnen-und-regierungschefs-der-laender-1733248 (in German). World travel warning still remains up until 31st of August except for the EU members, Schengen-associated states and the United Kingdom

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

Other Information

General assessment by the Robert Koch Insitute Germany : At the global and the national level, the situation is very dynamic and must be taken seriously. The number of newly reported cases is currently decreasing. The RKI currently assesses the risk to the health of the German population overall as high and as very high for risk groups. This assessment may change at short notice based on new insights. Infection risk The risk of infection depends heavily on the regional spread, living conditions and also on individual behaviour. Disease severity In most cases, the disease is mild. The probability of progression towards serious disease increases with increasing age and underlying illnesses. Burden on health system The burden on the health care system depends on the geographical distribution of cases, health care capacity and initiation of containment measures (isolation, quarantine, physical distancing etc.). The burden is currently low in many regions, but may be high in some locations.


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Ghana

All Ports
Update: 20/07/2020

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 any form of Visa including Transit Visas for Crew Embarking or Disembarking. Currently, international commercial flight are not operating in Ghana due to the border closure. Where the Principals is able to effect crew change using chartered flights for the crew travel, special permission can taken from the Presidency through the Ghana Maritime Authority and same vetted case by case in granting for the crew change.

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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Government of Ghana Press Release on COROVIRUS-1
Ghana Update 25th February 2020
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Gibraltar

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Please see circular latest Guidance to shippinng agents notes for circulars 20 &21 for updated Covid protocol, Easy Jet announce commencment of flights from Manchester to resume 20th July and Gatwick 25th July theses routes should be explored along with existing BA schedule when arranging transit to and from Gibraltar, Circular 17A & 16A supersede previous instructions, additionally General Guidance for Sea Farer transfers issued as per attached, Crew changes permitted including OPL, crew stay in hotel ammended to max 10 days anything over 10 days crew will have to self isolate without leaving hotel confines) 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, crew to wear face coverings during their transit and stay in Gibraltar.

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


Related notices
20200802 -GUIDANCE TO SHIPPING AGENTS
20200609-Sea farers- guidelines updated
Port Circular 16(a) of 2020 - Update to Port Circular 14 of 2020 All Maritime Related Entries Through the Land Frontier  Transport and Accommodation AMENDED
Port Circular No 17(a) of 2020 - GPA Crew Change Protocol as Part of Measures During COVID19 Pandemic -Final 08-07-20
Port Circular 12 of 2020 GPA Crew Change Protocol as Part of Measures During COVID19 Pandemic.pdf
Port Circular 11 of 2020 GPA Crew Transportation Protocol during COVID19 Pandemic
Port Circular 10 of 2020  All Maritime Related Entries to Gibraltar
Port Circular 9 of 2020 GPA Crew Change Protocol as Part of Contingency Measures During COVID19 Pandemic
Port Circular 8 of 2020 Contingency Measures During COVID19 Pandemic
Public Health Quesionnaire
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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: 05/08/2020

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 which have been closed effective 18th March 2020 has seen a further closure until August 2, 2020. Guyana/ Brazil, Guyana/ Suriname, Guyana/ Venezuela borders also remain 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 National Covid -19 Task Force confirmed Phase Three of Guyana's re-opening process will commence on July 18, and has continue until July 31, 2020. Among the new measures to take effect is a change in the existing curfew time from 6pm t0 6am to 8pm to 6am. The Task force also announced the reopening of several categories of businessess. Food services and restaurants are permitted to be open for delivery, drive-thru, curb-side pick-up and take away services from 6am to midnight daily. Outdoor dining at restaurants will also be permitted from 6am to 6pm under strict COVID19 guidelines. Private sector construction is permitted to resume and clothing and book stores are permitted to resume operations. Public transportation services are permitted to operate at 75% passenger capacity. All persons are required to wear a face mask in public places at all times and no more than ten persons are allowed to gather at any place. Additionally, Phase Three will see resumption of office work in the public and private sectors. This will take effect from July 18, 2020 and will see scores of employees who were working remotely working from home for months now returning to the office. It will be done on a rotation basis. The private sector entities may be opened but employees shall work on rotation as determined by their employer. The Ministry of Public Health has advised that so far 4893 persons were tested of which 474 persons have been diagnosed with COVID-19, 4419 persons are negative. The Ministry noted that 3 person is in the COVID-19 Intensice Care Unit . 38 perons are on institutional quarantine and 268 in instititional isolation. Total number of deaths is now 21.


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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.


Related notices:
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05 GUINEA CIRCULAR
Corona information - GUNIEA


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Guinea Bissau

All Ports
Update: 18/07/2020

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: 05/08/2020

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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Icelandic borders are open. Schengen rules apply. All pax have to get tested upon arrival at airport or port. Price for test is 9.000 ISK. Countries who do not need testing: Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway. Details can be found at: https://www.covid.is/categories/tourists-travelling-to-iceland

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No 

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


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India

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Update: 04/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Lockdown extended until 31th July 2020, at various  districts / containment  (RED) zones in Maharashtra , Chennai , Kolkata- Haldia  other  states likely to implemented. However further relaxation in areas outside containment zone.

Restrictions imposed on Inter-state road movement, inter-district  plying of  buses ,religious places, hotels, restaurants and other hospitality service

However, night curfews would be in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. in all areas and state governments would be allowed to put suitable restrictions on all activities.

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS  resumed since 25th May 2020 . 

International chartered repatriation flights with  Indian Seafarers  being  accepted under MEA / DGCA approval

Foreign crew sign off is permitted as per MHA Circular No. 25022/24/2020-Imm Dated: 17.07.2020.

Crew will be granted TLP (Temporary Landing Permit) with validity of one month as a special case and allow these seafarers to go abroad on Vande Bharat flights or non- scheduled commercial flights or chartered flights.

TLP for up to one month by the Immigration Officer concerned to such foreign seafarers who have expired Indian Visas subject to their having valid passport and valid seaman’s Identity document (CDC).

In respect of Quarantine and all other health/ COVID-19 related matters, guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare shall be adhere to.

Await Local guidelines for each port.

Crew Change possible at Anchorage as the   following Indian Ports. Goa ,Chennai, Ennore, Kandla,Sikka,Mundra,Okha,Navlakhi, Vadinar,Bedi ,Mumbai, Cochin ,Tuticorin ,Kakinada Vizag

Crew Change p only being carried out smoothly at Sea port  JNPT, KOCHI, Vizag, Gangavaram, Mumbai, Sikka, Kandla, Tuticorin, Kakinada, Bedi, Paradip, Chennai, Ennore, New Mangalore, Dhamra, GOA, Bedi, Kandla , Mundra ,Haldia , Pipavav ,New Mangalore ,Krishnapatnam, Kolkata, which is being performed  smoothly.

Please refer to the ORDER from  MHA dated 29th June  2020.o Unlock down 2.0  (  MHA Circular Attached ) .

In order to contain the spread of  COVID-19  pandemic, international  travel  of passengers has been prohibited under MHA's Orders  related to lockdown  measures. As  per  information  available, many  persons  are  stranded  in  India  who  desirous  to travel abroad  urgently for various purposes.

Guidelines for international arrivals

Before  boarding,  all travellers shall give an undertaking that they would  undergo  mandatory quarantine for 14 days - 7 days paid  institutional quarantine at their own cost, followed  by 7 days isolation at home with self-monitoring of health.

Only for exceptional  and  compelling  reasons such  as  cases of  human distress,  pregnancy, death  in  family,  serious  illness  and  parent(s)  accompanied by children below 10 years,  as assessed  by the  receiving  states,  home  quarantine may be permitted  for 14 days.  Use of Aarogya Setu app shall be mandatory in such cases.

Dos and Don'ts shall be provided along with ticket to the travellers by the agencies concerned.

All passengers shall be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices.

At the time of boarding the flight/ ship, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board after thermal screening.

Passengers arriving through the land  borders will also have to undergo the same protocol as above, and only those who are asymptomatic will be enabled to cross the border into India.

Self-declaration form in duplicate shall be filled by the person in the flight/ship and a  copy of the  same  will  be given to Health  and  Immigration  officials  present  at the airport/ seaport/landport. The form may also be made available on Aarogya Setu app.

Suitable  precautionary  measures such  as environmental sanitation and disinfection  shall  be ensured at the airports as well as within the flights.

During  boarding and  at the airports,  all  possible measures to ensure  social  distancing to  be ensured.

Suitable  announcement  about  COVID-19  including  precautionary  measures  to  be  followed shall be made at airports/port and in flights/ships and during transit.

While on board the flight/ ship, required precautions such as wearing of masks, environmental hygiene, respiratory hygiene, hand hygiene etc. are to be observed by airline/ ship staff, crew and all passengers.

On arrival,  thermal screening  would  be carried  out  in  respect  of all  the passengers  by  the

Health officials present at the airport/ seaport/ land port.

The passengers found to be symptomatic during screening shall be immediately isolated and taken to medical facility as per health protocol.

The remaining  passengers shall  be taken to suitable  institutional  quarantine facilities, to  be arranged by the respective State/ UT Governments.

These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for a minimum period of 7 days.

They shall be tested as per ICMR protocol available at https ://www.mohfw.gov. in/pdf/Revised testing guidelines. pdf

If they test positive, they shall be assessed clinically.

a. If they are assessed  as mild cases, they will  be allowed  home  isolation or isolated  in the Covid Care Centre (both public & private facilities) as appropriate.

b. Those having  moderate  or  severe  symptoms  will  be admitted  to dedicated  COVID Health facilities and managed accordingly.

If found negative, they shall be advised to further isolate themselves at home and self-monitor their health for 7 days.

In  case, any symptoms  develop  they  shall  inform  the  district  surveillance  officer  or  the state/national call centre (1075).

NOTE: States can also develop their own protocol with regards to quarantine and  isolation as per their  assessment.

As on date

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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 on  each state.                   

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 & Redi  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.

Chennai  has reported  delays of  2 - 3  weeks for crude vessels due to LNG vessels.

Please refer to  the  Port  sheet  for   Closure due to  expected storm in the West coast of India.

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.

SOP on transit arrangement for foreign national(s) in India issued vide Order dated April 02, 2020.

SOP on movement of stranded labour within States/ UTs, issued vide Order dated April 19, 2020.

SOP on sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers, issued vide Order dated April 21, 2020.

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.

SOP on movement of Indian Nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad, issued vide Order dated May 5, 2020.

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 within14 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

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MAHA order on extention
Clarification to DGS Order 12 of 2020
17 May letter to States
Revised SoR Circular w.e.f 01-05-2020 of Paradip Port [ FA&CAO, PPT]
Vizag circular 1255 and corrigendum (1)
Vizag circular 1255 and corrigendum (2)
MHA Order Dt. 1.5.2020 to extend Lockdown period for 2 weeks w.e.f. 4.5.2020 with new guidelines
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Indonesia

All Ports
Update: 03/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

ISS – Marindo ( Branch office Merak is able to arrange ONLY off signer crew at below locations with the following procedure:

  1. Sunda Strait
  2. Bojonegara Port
  3. Merak Port
  4. Vopak Terminal
  5. Candra Asri (Private Jetty)
  6. Asahimas (Private Jetty)
  7. Lotte Chemical Titan (Private jetty)
  8. Polychemindo (Private Jetty)
  9. Daria Bulk terminal
  10. Bumi Merak Terminal
  11. Dover Terminal

Crew change Off Signer Only can be arranging at Sunda Port, please find below requirements:

  1. Off signer crew are subject to conduct rapid test to ensure hasn’t infected Covid 19 and result test indication negative of Covid 19.
  2. When test result off signer crew positive Covid 19.
    1. Off signer crew are subject to conduct PCR/SWAB test
    2. Self-Quarantine for 14 Days at designated place such Hotel or appointed hospital.
    3. Hospital will issued the report to indicate off signer fir for trip or document as flight requirement.
  3. The flight is available from Indonesia for off signer and make sure that they will safely until their destination please coordination with travel agent and relevant airlines.
  4. Off signers will arrange for EPO letter and escort by Immigration officer until Jakarta Airport or with flight direct to Singapore, required document is passport and the e ticket copy.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

After the imposition of large-scale social restrictions Indonesian government has resumed some flights and allow residents to travel with conditions, one of which is the implementation of Health protocol:
1. Keep hands clean
2. Avoiding touching the face and eyes
3. follow the ethics of coughing and sneezing
4. Always wear a mask when going out of the house or interacting with others.
5. Social distancing of t least 1 meter

The following are the ports that have implemented Health protocol for ships arriving from abroad:

  • Port Kendari
  • Port ACEH
  • Port Palu
  • Port Banjarmasin
  • Port Papua
  • All Port NTT (East Nusa Tenggara )
  • Port Ambon
  • Port Batam
  • Port Palembang
  • Port of Tanjung Priok
  • Port Balik Papan
  • Port Bontang.

Health protocols incoming ship:
1.    Vessel shall proceed to quarantine anchorage area for inspection, crew shall provide Health certificate from country of origin.
2.    Incoming vessel shall provide Marine Declaration of Health (MDH) 
3.    Body temperature measurement for all crew.
4.    Port Health Office will be issuing HAC for all crew
5.    If crew are found infected by Covid 19, vessel shall be denied entry to port, if no health issue, vessel will procced for berthing process.
6.    If Master or Crew found with symptoms of being infected with Covid 19 ,  Evacuation of the Master and crew will be carried out by a referral hospital with evacuation procedures for infectious disease patients and Quarantine is performed, for ships, crew and cargoes for 14 days.
7.    While vessel berthed no shore leave and wearing face masks is mandatory.

Note: ACEH Terminal:

The application of health protocols to all incoming ships and for the time being cannot  arrange crew changes due to visa's issue 

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

Other Information

For more information pls send email to : 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. 

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. 

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 

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 

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.

Balikpapan

Kindly be inform that currently crew change can be arrange at Balikpapan Port, please find below requirements:

  1. The flight is available to Indonesia and from Indonesia for joiner and off signer and make sure that they will safely until their final destination please coordination with travel agent and relevant airlines.
  2. The Joiner can using Visa B211A, we’ll send LOI and crew can apply the visa at Indonesian Embassy at Origin country, required document is copy passport and copy seaman book, but all is depend on Embassy at Origin country whether they receive LOI from our office or only receive LOI from Immigration office, if they only receive LOI from Immigration office thus joiners can’t be arrange due to currently Immigration is still closed until undetermined time.
  3. Joiner will check by medical team at Jakarta Airport and if they are found as a suspect the crew must be go back to their country.
  4. Off signers will arrange for EPO letter and escort by Immigration officer until Jakarta Airport or with flight direct to Singapore, required document is passport and the e ticket copy.
  5. Off signers must travel from Vessel direct to the Airport and not allowed to transit at some place such Hotel, Restaurant and Hospital.

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: 13/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Guidelines for Crew change:
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.    

Vessel has to present a declaration by Vessel’s Master (atleast 3 days prior its arrival, with clear health records to its crew (includes high temperature - sore throat – frequent cough and breathing problem) which may indicate an infection of Corona virus. In case of any suspicions showing symptoms in crew, then port & related authorities have to inform Health Centers, before approval of vessel's entry, and to wait for further instructions.                                                                                                                                                            

Port Authorities require the following documents 72 hours prior to vessels arriving at Umm Qasr/KAZ Ports: 

  1. LAST 10 PORTS OF CALL
  2. HEALTH DECLARATION
  3. CREW LIST                                                                                                                                          


Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Curfew is still in place and movements are restricted from 19:00 LT to 06:00 LT and Friday/Saturday is complete lockdown, until further notice. Customs and IPA is functioning, but with limited staff.  

Guidelines for Vessels calling Iraq ports:
In an efforts to consider precautionary measures and prevention procedures to stop the spread of Corona virus to boarders gates and sea ports; 
All ports have to make sure that vessels which have called Chinese ports for the last 30 days , have to present a declaration by Vessel’s Master (atleast 3 days prior its arrival, with clear health records to its crew (includes high temperature - sore throat – frequent cough and breathing problem) which may indicate an infection of Corona virus. In case of any suspicions showing symptoms in crew, then port & related authorities have to inform Health Centers, before approval of vessel's entry, and to wait for further instructions.
Meantime, the Ministry of Health of Iraq and the Iraq Port Authority have also issued instructions to limit the spread of Coronavirus to Iraq through the port. Vessels that are directly sailing from China must adhere to the following:-   

  1. Vessel Crew are not allowed ashore 
  2. Interaction with crew is limited, if necessary, a face mask is to be worn 
  3. All personnel working on the vessel or quayside must wear a face mask and gloves 
  4. All import containers should go to a wash down point, where they are be sprayed and cleaned with a chlorinated mix, prior to being stacked in the terminal
  5. Personnel washing containers must wear adequate PPE . Suitable hand washing points are provided near the quayside  

At present General Cargo and RoRo Vessel operations face no restriction, as the port authority advises that the incubation period for the virus will be over prior to vessels reaching Iraq. Port is working and vessels are berthing/Unberthing. But due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, curfew is in place and movements at Iraq are restricted. Delays are anticipated. No local protest or issues reported so far. A series of protests that consisted of demonstrations, marches, sit-ins and civil disobedience had occurred in many areas of Iraq including Umm Qasr in recent past and can occur at any time without warning.

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 on Tuesday by letting some businesses reopen and relaxing a month-long curfew on movement imposed to curb the spread of the disease, the government said. 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. Curfew is still in place and movements are restricted from 19:00 LT to 06:00 LT and Friday/Saturday is complete lockdown, until further notice.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: 05/08/2020

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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change can be done in Israel on the condition that the requirement  for  14 days home quarantined  pre arrival to Israel will be  done  in the countries belong to OECD And / or to the European Community. It cannot be done in countries that are not part of the above motioned group. Indian  joiners can’t do home quarantined in India  , they need to fly to Europe community countries or OECD countries  and stay  14 days isolated there.  From there they need to fly to Israel on the condition of approval by the Israeli government 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • According to the new regulations for crew change in Israel due to corona virus  we need to get approval first  from government authorities in Israel to do crew change.
  • The following documents must be sent to us at least 6 days  before flight of the joiners and off signers.  if we don’t submit on time  it’s possible we won’t get approval on time
  • The requirement for 14 days home quarantined  must take place in countries belong to OECD And / or to the European Community. It cannot be done in countries that are not part of the above motioned group

Required documents for on signers 

  1. Crew list of on signers only with full details  ( name+ birth date passport no + seaman’s book number+ rank )  in excel format  
  2. Flight booking for on signers (flight must be in accordance with vessel operation . On signers can not stay in hotel or wait at the airport for vessel
  3. Copy of passport +seaman’s book of all on signers
  4. Personal Health declaration for each on signer (attached the format )  
  5. Permission to enter state of Israel for each on signer (attached the format )
  6. Statement by the company signed and stamped with logo of the company for each on signer as his employer and his representative,  declare that on signer  is in home quarantined in the  country ___________ from the date__________

48 hours before flight  of on signer to Israel joiners  need to do corona test that provide quick results and send us results. you can check  the costs in their home country where they need to do the test. 
Corona test cannot be done in Haifa or Israel by order only if a person has  symptoms of the virus 
Required  documents for off signers 

  1. Crew list for off signers only with full details ( name+ birth date+ passport no + seaman’s book number+ rank in excel format  )  in excel format  
  2. Flight booking for off signers (flight must be in accordance with vessel operation.  Off signers can not stay in hotel )
  3. Copy of passport +seaman’s book of all off signers

All vessels arriving at the ports of Israel considered at a high risk and therefore  crew on board will not be allowed off the vessel to the dock and to shore.

As long as the vessel follows the instructions of the port  and meet the conditions, including getting approval from Ministry of Health in Israel to arrive , measure body heat , make sure no one from the crew is ill and has corona symptoms,  
make sure all crew stay in their rooms, the vessel can arrive and operate and departure right away . 

  • Health report must be sent to Ministry of Health 48 hours before arrival and 12 hours before arrival and they will need to receive approval from the Ministry of Health 
  • 12 hours before the vessel arrives, the captain of the vessel will need to submit a report which includes a list of all crew members and body temperature results
  • all crew required to remain in the room during the operation beside one person who will be assigned as contact person with the port and agent and he  will be required to be protected with a surgical mask and rubber gloves to prevent infection
  • One hour before arrival of port pilot , vessel must clean the bridge and elevator  areas 
  • in surfaces that the Port Pilot must contact, with a mixture of water and chlorine at 5% concentration
  • 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 body Temperature to all crew

Attached are the reports health declaration and body temp that need to be sent to Israeli authorities , if the reports are not compatible with conditions , vessel will be banned from entry to port

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

Israel ports working under corona virus conditions, therefore , the operation rate  is slower  than regular days and there is congestion at port

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

Due to corona conditions the costs of the following services are higher: 

  • Transportation
  • Agent handling fee  
  • Trucks , mobile crane and shipments - Prices will be determined based  on each case 

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: 04/08/2020

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

On June 18th a new heal decalration have been issued for Pleasure yacth entering on Italian ports and marinas
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

With decree M_INFR..0000207.17-05-2020 from Minister of Transport, on which it is stated (art. 6) the possibility, for cruise vessels with foreign flag, to enter and be moored at any Italian port in idle layout. 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

As from May 1st anchorage dues have to be paid in all Italian ports.

Other Information

On June 3rd, Italian Government it has canceled the restrictions on movement within the national borders and the borders of the European communities all activities are reopened, by the way masks and gloves have to be weared indoors pubblic spaces. Thermo scanner have been placed at Railway station and airports. Open Airports are following: Alghero, Ancona, Bari, Bergamo-Orio al Serio, Bologna, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Firenze-Peretola, Genova, Lamezia Terme, Lampedusa, Milano Malpensa, Napoli Capodichino, Olbia, Palermo, Pantelleria, Pescara, Pisa, Roma Ciampino, Roma Fiumicino, Torino, e Venezia Tessera .There arre still some restriction on Taxi and pubblic transport services Italian government complete reopening as from May 18th (Bars, restaurant, activities and shop with safety protocol implementd on Sunday, May 17th inst) A new “app” have been launched for tracing people movement in Italy. It works on “Bluetooth” and it is available on a voluntary basis: https://www.immuni.italia.it/ The app sends a notification to people who were in close contact with a user who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, alerting them of the risk of infection without the app gathering any data on the identity or the location of its users. As from July 16th Government extend law for closes borders from following countries: Armenia; Bahrein; Bangladesh; Bosnia Erzegovina; Brasile; Cile; Kosovo; Kuwait; Macedonia del Nord; Moldova; Montenegro; Oman; Panama; Peru'; Repubblica Dominicana. Serbia. Disposable Respirator, FFP3, Valved. Gloves. Hydroalcolic solution in order to sanitize hands available.


Related notices:
12ordinanza 16.7.2020

Italy - Feasibility CREW CHANGE – Version June 3rd
CORONAVIRUS-DL-17-03-2020


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Ivory Coast

All Ports
Update: 27/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Port authority has lifted the ban on crew change and the issue of shore passes to crew members at the Abidjan port. All crew members wishing to embark at the port of Abidjan must provide a NEGATIVE COVID-19 test result obtained within 7 days between the date of the result and the day of boarding the ship. The final decision of embarkation remains however subject to the approval of the port sanitary agents. For any vessel wishing to make a technical call for crew change only, the ship must be subject to a total inspection at the outer anchorage by the sanitary agent officers before authorizing any embarkation / disembarkation.

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: No

Other Information

None


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Jamaica

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

ONSIGNERS:  As of June 15, 2020 all arriving passengers will be required to have a Travel Authorization prior to check-in for a flight to Jamaica. All non Jamaican travellers must visit the visitJamaica.com to apply for Authorization.  All crew members will be tested on arrival and sent to their hotel to await the results. Crew members must arrived at least 48 hrs prior to boarding to accommodate testing. Results will take 24 -48 hours doing this period crew member must remain in self quarantine at the hotel.  If the result is negative the crew member will proceed to join the vessel. If the result is positive the crew will be quarantined at a hotel or a government facility.                                                                                                                                                                        

OFFSIGNERS:  All non Jamaican travellers must visit the visit Jamaica.com to apply for Authorization.


 As of June 15, 2020 all arriving crew members will be required to have a Travel Authorization prior to  disembarking from a vessel in Jamaica. Crew member must have a confirmed departure itinerary before landing. Incoming vessel must provide temperature log and travel history for off signerAgent will apply to Port Health for permission base on the above for landing.  If permission is granted by Port Health agent will then apply to Immigration for approval.

After all approvals is had crew member MUST go directly to the airport. Crew members will not be allowed to go to a hotel until further notice.                                                
Agents are mandated to ensure the above protocols are adhered to. 
 


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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Presntly International flights are available only at Narita International Airport, Haneda International Airport and Kansai International Airport .

For on-signers

All arriving passengers who visited below listed countries/areas for the past 14 days must have PCR test upon arrival at the airport.

After the PCR test, Immigration/Quarantine officers conduct interview for joining crew with attending agent and after that interview and the result of PCR test, Immigration/Quarantine will decide if they will be able to enter or not. 

It takes 1-2 days to obtain the result of the PCR test and arriving Passengers are required to stay at the Quarantine office designated hotel nearby the airport until the result of PCR test is found.

If Immigration/Quarantine would permit their entry, they can join the vessel without staying 14 days at the Quarantine office designated hotel with following condition.

  1. NOT using public transportation such as domestic airplane, bullet train, and so on.
  2. Required to embark the vessel within 1or 2days.

If use public transportation, required to stay 14 days at the Quarantine office designated hotel before joining vessel.

For off-signers

If port immigration issues “Seamans Landing Permission” for all crew members after judgment by Immigration/Quarantine basis Questionnaire on COVID-19 and Voyage memo provided by vessel, offsigner would be able to disembark/repatriate. But same for joining, it depends Immigration/Quarantine officers' discretion and if they finally refuse to issue “Seamans Landing Permission”, disembarkation at Japan is not allowed regardless of their Nationality.

Asia
Brunei, China, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Viet Nam, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal

Oceania
Australia, New Zealand

North America
Canada, United States of America

Latin America and the Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Saint Christopher and Nevis, Uruguay, Argentine, El Salvador
Republic of Guyana, Cuba, Guatemala, Grenada, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Nicaragua, Haiti Suriname, Paraguay, Venezuela

Europe
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican, Kyrgyz, Tajikistan
Georgia, Uzbekistan

Middle East
Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Afganistan
Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine

Africa
Cabo Verde, Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritius, Morocco, Sao Tome and Principe, Ghana, Guinea, South Africa, Algeria, Eswatini, Cameroon, Senegal, the Central African Republic, Mauritania, Kenya, Comoros, Congo, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Somalia, Namibia, Botswana, Madagascar, Libya, Liberia

Any persons (including crew members/passengers) with applying either one of the following conditions are not permitted to land.

Foreigners who have Chinese passports issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province of China

Foreigners who were on the cruise ship WESTERDAM, departed from Hong Kong

(Practically speaking, crew change is not impossible but challenging as it requires a lot of time and additional transportation/accommodation/etc. cost to undertake. Also many things are fully depend on the quarantine/immigration officers’ discretions at sites so there are uncertain factors, which are hardly predictable. )

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 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?

Yes or NO
Q3 Is there any person who has contacted with infected person in the past 14 days?

Yes or NO

Date: Ship name:   Signature of Master:                                         

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

Other Information
None.


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Kenya

All Ports
Update: 22/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew change activities/guidelines have been shared and will be implimented as advised per notice. All international flights to resume 1st August. 

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.

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

Other Information

As of today in Kenya there are 14805 cases and 260 deaths reported. 6757 patients have also recovered from Covid-19 and high risk areas identified as Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera. Kilifi and Kwale contaiment measures have been lifted. Curfew was also extended 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 and establish more insolation centers within counties to combat this pandemic. Movements in/ out of Nairobi and its environs, Mombasa and Mandera counties have been lifted . Containment measures in Eastleigh, Nairobi and Old Town areas in Mombasa have also been lifted. Local flights resumed on the 15th Aug


Related notices:
CORONA VIRUS
KPA PUBLIC NOTICE ON NOVEL CORONA VIRUS
VIRUS PG 2


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Kuwait

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Change
Restrictions: Yes

As per Latest info, Crew sign off can be permitted at Mina Al Ahmadi / Mina Abdullah port. 
Sign on (Embarkation) crew is still not allowed by the Immigration Authorities.   

**UPDATED** STATE OF KUWAIT Directorate General of Civil Aviation Date: 2020/08/02 : DIRECTORATE GENERAL'S OFFICE Circular No. (2020/88) All Airlines Operating at Kuwait International Airport must adhere to the following Instructions: Subsequent and further (87/2020) dated (01/08/2020), and Based on the Decision of the Health Authority in State of Kuwait, Non-Kuwaiti passengers of all other Nationalities arriving Countries are not allowed to enter the State of Kuwait, whether they are coming directly from those Countries listed below or via transit Through other Countries not mentioned below within the list, Unless they have settled in those unlisted Countries for a period of 14 days at least, after the 14 days they must conduct a (PCR) test for (COVID-19) virus and provide an approved certificate proving a negative result and not being affected with (COVID-19) virus. Validity of such certificate, should not exceed (72) hours between the test date and Arriving date to Kuwait. to Circular No. from the down listed 

List of Countries (India Iran - China - Brazil Colombia Armenia Bangladesh Philippines - Syria- Spain Singapore Bosnia and Herzegovina Sri Lanka Nepal Iraq Mexico Indonesia - Chile - Pakistan - Egypt Lebanon -Hong Kong- Italy - North Macedonia - Moldova - Panama - Peru - Serbia - Montenegro Dominican Republic - Kosovo). This circular is valid from its issuance date until further notice. of Civil Aviation Director.

Passengers should follow Health restrictions/guidlines as advised by Kuwait Civil Aviation: https://www.kuwaitairport.gov.kw/en/travellers/media-center/news/2020/07/suad25july2020-restructions

Boarder are closed (except to freight)

At Shuaiba / Shuwaikh port: Crew change still NOT permitted. 
At Mina Al Ahmadi / Mina Abdullah port: Pls be informed that we can now arrange crew Disembarking of all vessels calling Mina Al Ahmadi / Mina Abdullah,  provided that their e-tickets are arranged on the same day when they are disembarked from the vessel,  as hotel accommodation is not allowed.  Hence, the offsigners will be taken directly from Port to Airport.  Flight availability from Kuwait to the concerned destination of the crew to be checked by Manning Agents and advised to us, in advance.  

Kindly note that we require 72 hrs notice (working days – Sun to Thu) with crew change form alongwith clear passport copies & confirmed e-tickets for arranging exit visas.

Fyi, we can disembark  the offsigners upon vessel arrival at anchorage (launch charges will be applicable) or upon berthing.   Master should issue a letter to each crew separately, mentioning crew name, rank, destination airport, that he is free from any symptoms of COVID-19 (Corona virus) and latest body temperature.

All our crew change charges and details/formalities regarding disembarkation remain the same as usual.  
Sign on (Embarkation) crew is still not allowed by the Immigration Authorities.   

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Free pratique is granted to vessels at anchorage or OPL by PMO(Health) officer.
  • Master is requested to provide a statement, that all crew onboard are healthy and not having high temperature, sore throat, coughing or breathing difficulties. Also need to submit IMO crewlist with all joiner crew embarkation details (Date and port of joining), crew vaccination list.
  • 14 Days quarantine has been cancelled for vessel coming from Iraq.
  • Technical calls are allowed.
  • Shore leave is permitted subject to health officer / Immigration officer approval.
  • 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, All vessel certificates (Permanent certificates copy) in order to obtain Permission to enter in Kuwait water. 
  • No vessel is allowed to enter/stay in Kuwaiti waters without MOC Entry permission. 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

All port / Cargo operations are functioning normally. Wearing PPE is mandatory in country alongwith handgloves and facemask. Effective Tuesday, July 28, the Government of Kuwait will transition from Phase Two to Phase Three of its five-phased reopening plan. During Phase Three, a 6-hour curfew is in effect from 9:00pm until 3:00am. While each phase is expected to last for three weeks, the Government of Kuwait has indicated that phases may last shorter or longer depending on local health conditions. The lockdown on Farwaniya was lifted on July 26. There are no longer any areas in Kuwait under complete lockdown. In Phase Three, the number of employees in government / private company will increase to no more than 50 percent. Visits to social care homes will be permitted, and hotels, resorts, and hotel apartments will reopen. Taxis services will resume with only one passenger allowed per vehicle. **UPDATED** Kuwait will lift the ban on international travel and allow its citizens and residents to travel to and from the country starting from August 1 excluding seven countries, the Center for Government Communication (CGC), the official spokesoffice for the Cabinet, said on Thursday - 30th July. “Citizens and residents of the country are allowed to travel to and from Kuwait, except for residents coming from the following countries: Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran and Nepal,” the CGC said in a tweet posted on its official account. Passengers should follow Health restrictions/guidlines as advised by Kuwait Civil Aviation: https://www.kuwaitairport.gov.kw/en/travellers/media-center/news/2020/07/suad25july2020-restructions For more updates on COVID-19, click below link. https://corona.e.gov.kw/En/

 


Shuaiba & Shuwaikh

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

As mentioned in Country Tab local surveyor / visitor / technician can visit the vessel only at berth. Can not visit the vessel at anchorage. As per instructions of Shuaiba Port, no vessel is allowed to enter Kuwaiti waters without MoC Entry permission. Bulk vessels ( Aggregate, Clinker …etc ) should discharge not less than 15,000 M.Tons of cargo in 24 Hours.

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

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

At Mina Al Ahmadi / Mina Abdullah port: As per Latest info, Crew sign off can be permitted at Mina Al Ahmadi / Mina Abdullah port. Sign on (Embarkation) crew is still not allowed by the Immigration Authorities. **UPDATED** Kuwait will lift the ban on international travel and allow its citizens and residents to travel to and from the country starting from August 1 excluding seven countries, the Center for Government Communication (CGC), the official spokesoffice for the Cabinet, said on Thursday - 30th July. “Citizens and residents of the country are allowed to travel to and from Kuwait, except for residents coming from the following countries: Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran and Nepal,” the CGC said in a tweet posted on its official account. Passengers should follow Health restrictions/guidlines as advised by Kuwait Civil Aviation: https://www.kuwaitairport.gov.kw/en/travellers/media-center/news/2020/07/suad25july2020-restructions Please be informed that we can now arrange crew disembarking of all vessels calling Mina Al Ahmadi / Mina Abdullah, provided that their e-tickets are arranged on the same day when they are disembarked from the vessel, as hotel accommodation is not allowed. Hence, the offsigners will be taken directly from Port to Airport. Flight availability from Kuwait to the concerned destination of the crew to be checked by Manning Agents and advised to us, in advance. Kindly note that we require 72 hrs notice (working days – Sun to Thu) with crew change form alongwith clear passport copies & confirmed e-tickets for arranging exit visas. Fyi, we can disembark the offsigners upon vessel arrival at anchorage (launch charges will be applicable) or upon berthing. Master should issue a letter to each crew separately, mentioning crew name, rank, destination airport, that he is free from any symptoms of COVID-19 (Corona virus) and latest body temperature. All our crew change charges and details/formalities regarding disembarkation remain the same as usual.

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 clerance by PMO officer. Berthing / unberthing and cargo operations functioning normally.


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Jordan

All Ports
Update: 03/08/2020

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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

A crew change in Latvia is possible for EU nationals subject to special permission from port authorities and strict quarantine COVID-19 requirements (direct transportation from the airport to the ship and no hotel accommodation). Authorities will allow crew change of non-EU nationals subject to: - crew should not display any symptoms of COVID 19 - letter of guarnatee regarding embarkation signed and stamped the crewing company - hold a valid Schengen visa (for ON-signers). Visa upon arrival for sailors from third countries is not possible. - for OFF-signers, a Schengen exit visa can be obtained while the ship is in port. - the vessel must be in the port (must be moored in the port) at the time of crew crossing the state border (for direct delivery of crew to the vessel to avoid accommodation at a hotel) - direct transportation from the LV state border / Airport Riga to the ship and from the ship without stopping and transportation time not being more than 6 hours. The Latvian national airline AIR-BALTIC has resumed flights to and from some Europian airports There are still no direct flights from / to third-country airports (Russia, Belarus,Ukraine, Turkey etc.) at Riga Airport.

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.


Related notices:
Latvia - Riga - Order of the HM


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Lebanon

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

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: 05/08/2020

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

OPEN
Bouri / Jurf

OPEN
Mellitah: loading Mellitah condensate, LPG, SULPHUR only /Zawia: Discharging Gasoline, Gasoil, Diesel and MTBE only / Misurata / Tripoli / Benghazi / Tobruk / Khoms

CLOSED
Es sider / Ras Lanuf / M EL Brega / Zueitina / M EL Hriga

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: 18/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All passenger flights suspended from 23.03.2020 at 2359 hrs lt. This does not include cargo flights. State of emergency and lockdown measures in place until 10.06.20. State of emergency and lockdown measures in place until 21.07.20. - Commercial flights to operate from 28.06.20 agw wog tbc.

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.

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

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. Ports operate with reduced staff which might create delay. Curfew from 1500 – 0600 daily until 22.05.2020 with possibility of extension.

Other Information

None.


Related Notices:
Airport Protocols
Health Measures & protocl & Airport Access Protocol
ISPS DOC
07 LIBERIA CIRCULAR


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Lithuania

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Crew changes are permitted.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes
Currently Vilnius airport, Palanga airport (with limited flights) are open and borders between Russia, Latvia,Poland and Belarus are open. Shore leave for the crew members allowed (however a shore doctor checks last 10 ports of calls and advise if crew are allowed to go ashore).

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: 05/08/2020

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 9th of August

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;

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

Humans Infected: 1. General Public - 11528 ; 2. Office - Nil ; 3. Death - 114 ; 4. Recovered - 8814 Travel Advisory: 1.

Lockdown extended until 9th of August; 2. All International flights banned for next 30days;


Related notices:
Join Press Release
NCOV procedures
NOTE D'URGENCE CORONAVIRUS  EN DATE DU 27 FEV 20


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Malaysia

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

The conditional movement control order (CMCO) has been replaced by a Recovery MCO, to run from June 10 to Aug 31. There would be fewer restrictions on daily activities during the recovery MCO period although standard operating procedures (SOPs) will continue. Interstate travel would be allowed from June 10 onwards, except for areas under enhanced MCO. All social activities including religious activities and those in the education and business sectors would be reopened in stages. Local tourism activities will also be allowed, although the country’s borders will remain closed.
However, Malaysians are still prohibited from travelling overseas and foreign tourist and visitors are barred from entering Malaysia.

CREW CHANGE PROCEDURE

Sign Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity (Lou)
Any person travelling to MALAYSIA is required to download and complete the Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity Letter (Lou) through the following links: -

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia: www.kln.gov.my 
  • National Disaster Management Agency of Malaysia: www.nadma.gov.my
  • Immigration Department of Malaysia: www.imi.gov.my
  • Ministry of Health of Malaysia: www.moh.gov.my
  • Ministry of Transport of Malaysia: www.mot.gov.my
  • Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Malaysia: www.motac.gov.my

It is compulsory for the foreign crew to fill up the forms and to be presented to the local Malaysia Authorities at the Airport. Failure which the Crew will not be allowed to enter Malaysia.

CREW CHANGE AT PORT KELANG, MALACCA, PORT DICKSON  

No Hotel stay is permitted for both On and Off Signing Crew.  All on signing and off signing crew must directly be transported from KLIA – Port / Port – KLIA 

FOR SIGN ON CREW

SIGN ON CREW MUST ARRIVE 17 DAYS BEFORE VESSEL ARRIVE AT PORT KELANG.3 DAYS FOR FLIGHT ARRANGEMENT, 14 DAYS FOR QUARANTINE.
CREW CHANGE ONLY CAN BE DONE AT BERTH/WHARF NOT IN ANCHORAGE.

Foreign On-Signing Crew MUST carry out Test at home country (preferably from Government Hospital) and recognized by Malaysian Ministry of Health (MOH). 
The test result provided to KLIA MOH must be in English or Bahasa Malaysia only (MOH do not entertain other languages). The test should be done at home country with validity 3 days prior to arrival at KLIA.
It is advisable that the crew to download “My Sejahtera Apps’ for bar-code scanning before arrival at KLIA. 

For Crew that does not perform CORVID-19 test at home country, it is compulsory for the crew to under-go swap Test (Rapid Antigen Test) upon arrival at KLIA 
Immigration officers at the entrance (e.g. KLIA Airport) can provide a Special Pass for thirty (30) days to the crew entering Malaysia for the purpose of Sign-On.

All crews who sign-on at any port in Malaysia are subject to the COVID-19 health test recognized by the MOH as below:

  • For On Signing Crews on arrival, the test is performed at the entrance (e.g. KLIA Airport): 
  • For Malaysian Crew MYR 60.00 & for Foreigners MYR 120.00 by cash only (All expenses to be bear by crew’s employer).
  • For crews of Malaysian citizens or foreign nationals who are in the country, the COVID-19 test is performed in the port area aboard the ship.

If the COVID-19 crew test results are found to be NEGATIVE, the crew MUST conduct quarantine for 14 days at the Quarantine Center determined by the MOH or the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) 
The second COVID-19 test will be conducted on the 13th day. If the crew results are found to be NEGATIVE, the crew can be allowed by the MOH to: 

  • Leave the Quarantine Center; and 
  • Delivered to ship for boarding without any delay and without transit or overnight in any area.

For the purpose of support for the release of Sign-On Foreign Crews, proof of supporting documents such as Employment Offer Letter and Letter of Guarantee must be submitted as a reference at the entrance as proof that the ship is in the port.
The release of the movement of foreign crews from Quarantine Station  by any Government Agency is subject to proof of travel / ship documents submitted.

Strictly direct flight only from the following Nationalities / Countries: -
Sri Lanka Myanmar Thailand Philippines Bangladesh Pakistan Nepal Indian China Egypt Ghana Croatia Syrian

FOR SIGN OFF CREW

Agent must submit application for Crew Sign Off to Health / Immigration & Marine department 4 days prior ship arrive Port Kelang.
Documents required for application.

  1. New Passport / Seaman book copy.
  2. E-ticket COPY
  3. Crew List
  4. Voyage memo

Ship agent to arrange with Medical Personnel once ship alongside at Port Kelang for the crew to undergo COVID-19 test (at wharf side).  All Expenses incurred shall be paid by the Owner (Cash Term only)
- VESSEL ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE SAILED TILL CREW FINISH THEIR QUARANTINE 14 DAYS AT BERTH / WHARF.

If the results of the COVID-19 crew screening test are found to be NEGATIVE, they will have to undergo quarantine for 14 days at the Quarantine Center determined by the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA)
The second COVID-19 Screening Test will be conducted on the 13th day of quarantine. If the crew test results are found to be NEGATIVE, the crew may be allowed to:

  • Leave the quarantine center: and 
  • Send to the airport (KLIA) of the country or to the residence of the crew immediately without any delay and without transit or overnight in any area

For support purposes for the release of sign-off foreign crews, proof of travel documents (such as a copy of the ticket / flight schedule or ferry) must be submitted.
The date of departure from this country must prove that the crew does not need to transit or stop in any other area after undergoing 14 days of quarantine before arriving at the exit.
The release of the movement of foreign crews from the quarantine center or by any government agency, is subject to proof of travel document / ship documents submitted.

If the COVID-19 test result is POSITIVE or the crew shows significant epidemic symptoms for the Sign-On or Sign-Off process, the crew and its Shipping Company must act to notify MOH through the Compliance Health Office immediately within 2 hours after obtaining the test results filters.
Further action against the crew is subject to instructions from MOH, the crew is NOT ALLOWED to: 

  • Return to residence 
  • Move to ship / port 
  • Move to / from any exit / entry country 
  • Transit in any area in Malaysia and 
  • Leaving the screening test area.

Note :-
It is also informed that the mandatory quarantine cost for 14 days must be fully borne by the employer based on the agreed cost. Each individual involved must also sign the Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity (LoU) form as an agreement to pay Quarantine Costs. 
Agent shall not be held responsible should there be any additional charges incurred due to last minute changes on the procedure set by the Local Authorities.

CREW CHANGE AT PASIR GUDANG, JOHORE STATE (FOR SIGN ON ONLY / SIGN OFF NOT ALLOW)  
 
1) Malaysian Ministry of Health (Pasir Gudang Port Branch)
FOR SIGN ON CREW

  • Local Agent to arrange appointment with nearest/local private hospital for foreign ship crew to conduct PCR Test.
  • Crew must also bring Covid-19 Negative Test Result from Origin Country. (For prove to show to Private Hospital)
  • Crew will be send to Quarantine Center (MOH assigned hotel) to be quarantine for 14 days. All cost incurred to be bear by the Owner / Crew. 
  • Once the result come out negative and upon completion of 14 days quarantine period, only then the crew can proceed for Sign-On formalities.

2) Malaysian Immigration Department (Pasir Gudang Port Branch)
FOR SIGN ON CREW

  • Need to gain the approved/validated PCR result test from Local Port Quarantine office before can accept the crew hand-over by them. (Local Port Quarantine Office)
  • All previous “STANDING ORDERS” are remain same for conducting crew change activity at Pasir Gudang Port Immigration office.
  • The subjected ship need to alongside in port first before Immigration can endorse the LOG. (Letter of Guarantee) 

3) Malaysian Harbor Master / MARDEC (Pasir Gudang Port Branch)
FOR SIGN ON CREW

  • Need to fill up health screening form and the form must be endorsed/approved by Local Port Quarantine office before they can process local agent crew change application form.
  • IF a crew obtained an approval from Immigration for Signing-Off from other trade ship and Sign-On to other trade ship, Malaysian Harbor Master Pasir Gudang do not have any objection 

   since the crew is not landed to Pasir Gudang, Malaysia. (Special Case / Subject Approval By Immigration Department)

PORT of Tanjung Pelepas 

FOR SIGN ON CREW
1. Flight arrangement requirements:

  • Only commercial flight can be arranged as of now.
  • Only KLIA international airport can issue seaman transit visa (for the required nationalities e.g. Indian, Bangladesh, Pakistan nationality).
  • Connecting flight from KLIA to Senai Airport can be arranged provided that the COVID-19 test result from origin/home country still valid *refer COVID-19 test requirements
  • For ASEAN countries (e.g. Philippines, Myanmar, Thailand) flight can be arranged direct to Senai Airport, Johor as first entry.
  • Date of arrival at entry point must not exceed 3 days from vessel’s arrival date at PTP.

2. COVID-19 test requirements:

  • Test can be carried out at the origin/home country (before flying into Malaysia)
  • Only PCR test will be accepted by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
  • Test results must be valid within 3 days from the date of screening to first entry of Malaysia.
  • If result is more than 3 days validity upon crew arrival at entry point, new test needs to be conducted at the entry point at own cost.
  • Crew to download “MySejahtera” app in their smart phone for contact tracing purpose. Crew must check in using the app upon entry into Malaysia. 
  • Crew will be send to Quarantine Center (MOH assigned hotel) to be quarantine for 14 days (before vessel arrive). All cost incurred to be bear by the Owner / Crew Cash Term (no credit allows). 
  • Crew is only allowed to proceed for Sign-on procedures with Immigration after tested negative for COVID-19 and having completed the 14 days quarantine.  

3. Application for Letter of Guarantee (LG) needs to be submitted 3 days prior crew arrival and following documents will be required:

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of seaman book
  • Copy of flight ticket
  • Copy of Certificate of Competency (COC)
  • Copy of Certificate of Endorsement (COE) – to follow vessel’s flag
  • Health Declaration (Marine Department Form)
  • Voyage Order
  • Notice of Arrival (NOA) declaration in Vessel Clearance System (VCS)

4. In the event of any changes of vessel ETA (delayed from what has been declared in the application / Letter of Guarantee (LG):

  • Agent needs to report to PTP immigration
  • Agent needs to report to DOH (?)
  • DOH to issue the “Order of Quarantine” notice (?)
  • Agent to provide dedicated holding area for the crew using dedicated transport
  • Agent to provide assurance that crew will always strictly remain at the dedicated holding area 

FOR SIGN OFF CREW
1. Flight arrangement requirements:

  • Must possess valid flight ticket before any application can be made. 
  • Connecting flight from Senai Airport to KLIA can be arranged provided with negative COVID-19 test result conducted on board the vessel *refer COVID-19 test requirements 

2. COVID-19 test requirements: 

  • Test needs to be carried out on board 
  • Test can be done by any private lab/health care center approved by MOH at own cost. 
  • Crew to download “MySejahtera” app in their smart phone for contact tracing purpose. At any locations while awaiting to exit Malaysia, crew must check in using the app 
  • Ship is not allowed to depart and have to wait at anchorage (subject to Authorities approval) during the 14 days quarantine period.

3. Application needs to be submitted after receiving negative COVID-19 test result and following documents will be required: 

  • Sign-Off application letter with endorsement by Department of Health (DOH) and Marine Department 
  • Negative COVID-19 Test Result 
  • Copy of passport 
  • Copy of seaman book 
  • Copy of flight ticket 
  • Dedicated transport arrangement 

PENGERANG TERMINAL and TANJUNG BIN
Strictly Not Allowed.  

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

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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

From 1st July 2020 our airport opened up for flights from the following countries :- Iceland, Slovakia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, Latvia, Switzerland, Norway, Estonia, Denmark, Hungary, Austria,Luxembourg, Germany, Czech Republic, Finland and Ireland ,Italy, France, Poland, Spain, Croatia and Greece. The lifting of restrictions applied only to direct flights, and crew / passengers had to guarantee that they were in the same country for two weeks beforhand . No quarantine period will then be required.

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.
  • 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.

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

COVID-19
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 Maltese waters  and ports.

2.    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.

3.     Personnel  authorised  to  board  vessels  are  to  keep  interaction  with  crew  to  the  minimum that  is reasonably practical.

4.    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

3.     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: 05/08/2020

Crew Change
Restrictions: Yes

  • No request for crew change will be entertained until further notice.
  • 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

  • Vessel will not be allowed to enter Port Limits if crew change has been carried ouy during the last 14 days of the call at Port Louis;
  • A protocol for vessel calling for loading and/or unloading has been put in place. Pls contact ISSMLMRU@iss-shipping.com for updates;
  • Since 20th March, Stevedores handling bulk and conventional cargoes are woking up to 2100hrs due to Covid-19.
  • Vessel coming from East London, South Africa, will be denied access.
     

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
Tariff Changes: No
Rebates Available: No

  • No rebates or tariff changes

Other Information
Travel Advisory:

  • Borders are closed to all Mauritian Nationals & foreigners to come to Mauritius until further notice.
  • Lockdown lifted as of 31st May with sanitary obligations to be observed

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: 18/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew change not possible any longer and airport has been closed since 17th of March for passenger traffic. Land and air boarders closed until further notice. - Curfew in place effective 2000 – 0600 hrs lt daily.

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

Vessels will be cleared at anchorage and screening will be done to determine if 14 days quarantine period will be imposed on the vessel.

Other Information

None


Related notices:
01 MAURITANIA CIRCULAR 13 02 2020

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Mayotte

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

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 14 days 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: 31/07/2020

Crew Changes:
Restrictions:  Yes

GULF OF MEXICO

TAMPICO & ALTAMIRA - Crew change is allowed with the following restrictions and protocol:

ON-signers

The crew members must arrive in Tampico prior joining the vessel. Once the crew is arrived in Tampico, they must be lodged for 7 days in a hotel. After the 7-days of quarantine, the crew must be tested by a certified laboratory. If the test result is negative for COVID- 19, then the crew must obtain a medical certification and finally the crew can join the vessel. Inchcape will facilitate and arrange the hotel, the laboratory and the medical certification

NOT ALLOWED in the following ports:  Ensenada, Guaymas, Rosarito, Topolobampo, La Paz and Acapulco.

OFF-signers

Health authority is requesting to fill a format The master of the vessel must send a 7-day record of body temperature of intended crew for disembarking.

MEXICAN PACIFIC

LAZARO CARDENAS and MANZANILLO - Crew change is allowed with the following restrictions and protocol:

ON-signers

Health authority is requesting to fill a format The on-signers must have recent medical certificate with their full name and passport number in it. Once the requested information is filled in the format, it must be signed & stamped and sent back to agent along with the medical certificates of all on-signers. The agent must send a written request to Harbour Master adding quarantines format and medical certificates in order to obtain the authorization. Once the authorizations are granted, the agent will inform to you in order to proceed to embark the on-signers.  The agent will send the permits from immigration, quarantine and harbour Master to forward these documents to the on-signers in order to avoid any delays during their travel to Lazaro Cardenas and Manzanillo.

OFF-signers

The master of the vessel must send a 7-day record of body temperature of intended crew for disembarking. The agent will send a letter to the Master that must be signed and stamped. Health authorities will board the vessel to perform an inspection, off signers must fill in a questionnaire when the visit time.

VERACRUZ and COATZACOALCOS - Crew change is allowed with the following restrictions and protocol:

ON-signers

The crew members must arrive in Veracruz prior joining the vessel. Once the crew is arrived in Veracruz, they must be lodged for 4 days in a hotel. After the 4-days of quarantine, the crew must be tested by a certified laboratory. If the test result is negative for COVID- 19, then the crew must obtain a medical certification and finally the crew can join the vessel. Inchcape will facilitate and arrange the hotel, the laboratory and the medical certificate. 

OFF-signers

The master of the vessel must send a 7-day record of body temperature of intended crew for disembarking.

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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Crew change operations cannot be performed in Montenegro unless for EU citizens coming directly from EU.

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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes allowed. Borders and airports are closed. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  • Free pratique is granted taking into consideration the daily body temperature of the crew members
  • Technical calls are allowed subject to availability of berth 
  • No shore leave medical assistance allowed.

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

Other Information
Lockdown expected to be lifted on July 10th 


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Mozambique

All Ports
Update: 30/06/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

From 23.03.2020 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: 03/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Embarking / Disembarking crew changes are subject to Ministry of Health approval and guidelines. Simple crew changes are not permitted at the moment. MOH will review applications on crew changes when the disembarking crew has been starnded in Namibia for long periods of time and embarking crew has to join beacuse of disembarking crew. Quarantine period etc are applibale or as advised by the MOH. Process for approval, especially embarking crew can take up to 1 month. conditions are not favourable for quick crew changes, but rather larger repatriation of crew.

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: 30/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

If you have symptoms, get tested as soon as possible and stay at home. Stay 1.5 metres away from other people. Wash your hands often. Cough and sneeze into your elbow. Touch your nose, mouth and face as little as possible. Do not shake hands. Avoid busy places. People/crew with symptoms that could be caused by coronavirus are not allowed to fly. Covid-19 test facility is available at nearest Port Health Centre, which requires min. 24 hrs notice. All crew must fill in a health screening form before departure, declaring that they do not have any symptoms associated with COVID-19. Crew are advised to check in online before they go to the airport. The same rules apply at Dutch airports as elsewhere in the Netherlands. Because it is not always possible to keep a distance of 1.5 metres at airports, public transport ( i.e. trains, busses, taxi's ) passengers must wear a non-medical face mask in certain areas, including at customs and security. At Amsterdam Schiphol Airport you must wear a non-medical face mask at check-in and at security. You must also wear a non-medical face mask on the aircraft. Make sure you carry enough face masks with you. The fine for not wearing a mask is EUR 95,- 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. if vessels departs prior flight depart, agent must request approval from local Immigration authorities to have crew stay in hotel, max allowed stay is 48 hrs, only in extra-ordinary cases extension is possible subject to terms and conditions set by Immigration. For on-sign crew not holding valid Schengen-visa, there is a possibiluty to apply for Visa on Arrival ( VOA ) under following conditions, 1. Embassy in home country needs to be closed due to COVID measures 2. Vessel needs to call Dutch port 3. Max 65 VOA are allowed per day 4. VOA surcharge is EUR 5,- on top of visa expenses EUR 80,-

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

The Port Health Authority Rotterdam ( PHAR ) is the competent authority for the management of infectious diseases in the port of Rotterdam. The Port Coordination Centre is the contact desk for ships, crew and other parties working in the port of Rotterdam. The parties working with the PHAR include: Rotterdam-Rijnmond Municipal Health Service, the Harbour Health Centre, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam (EMC), Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), the Dutch Coastguard, Rotterdam-Rijnmond Safety Region, Dutch Food and Commodities Authority, Seaport Police, Radio Medical Service, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Harbour Master. The Harbour Master Division and the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Municipal Health Service are coordinating the response to COVID-19 (the coronavirus) and they consult daily. With effect from 13 March, ALL seagoing vessels must submit the Maritime Declaration of Health (MDoH) in good time. It should be sent by email to the Port Health Authority Rotterdam (PHAR): porthealthauthority@portofrotterdam.com and the agent iss.rotterdam@iss-shipping.com. This MDoH must have been signed in the last 24 hours and it must be sent at least 6 hours prior to arrival at Pilot Station. The Port Coordination Centre coordinates the follow-up and asks the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Municipal Health Service for recommendations about the reported case. In addition, follow the national guidelines. To limit the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible, everyone is advised to respect hygiene measures. These are: Wash your hands regularly, Cough and sneeze on the inside of your elbow, Use paper tissues and throw them away immediately after using them once, Touch your nose, mouth and face as little as possible. Do not shake hands, It is also very important as an employer to comply with government recommendations relating to your employees. In this way, we can prevent the spread of the virus among our employees and any possible spread by employees going on board vessels. Yellow flag (quarantine) In the Netherlands, the MDoH is used to report possible infectious diseases to the authorities. Some countries work with a yellow quarantine flag. This is not necessary in the Netherlands. As soon as a ship has submitted an MDoH and it has been assessed by the Municipal Health Service, the captain will be informed whether additional measures are necessary. If a ship continues to sail under a yellow flag, we request you to inform the Port Coordination Centre (+31 (0)10 252 1000 or VHF channel 11).

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

Seaport dues* • 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 corona 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 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

Seaport dues* • 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

Sea 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: 06/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

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

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

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. 
 
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 1.
 
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

On 08/06/20 New Zealand alert level moved to level 1. 

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 1 restrictions. 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. 

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: 04/08/2020

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, Mosque, Night clubs and sports activities has been suspended for now.
  • International flights are still suspended while donestic flights has resumed their normal operations at all airports. But, International wings will still be shutdown till further notice. 
  • Emergency and Essential flights are exempted from this restrictions.
  • Government has revised cost of domestic PMS (Petrol) from N145 to N143 Naira only per litre.
  • Nigeria Port Authority has suspended vessel demurrage from initial 21 days effective from March 23, 2020

Forcados Terminal

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

The Governor has been rolling out measures to stop the further spread of virus in the state. Schools are closed and direct restrictions on religious and transport activities.


Tincan Island

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.


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: 05/08/2020

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. General rule is now 10 (changed from 14 days) days of quarantine for all travellers entering the country. From 15th June, it will no longer be a requirement for 10 days quarantine upon arrival in Norway after travel to regions in the Nordic countries with low incidence. (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. Some cities and ports have opened for limited shore leave for crew coming from more than 10 days at sea.

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: 05/08/2020

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

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

Please note that the Port of Sohar will be changing their port tariff effective 01st July 2020.

The main difference in the new tariff is: The anchorage free days will extend from 1-5 days free to 1-10 days free, which is the same no. of free days as Fujairah.

This will effectively be more beneficial to vessel owners who are awaiting orders. 

The following initial charges will be applicable for above port stay. 

Anchorage Charges for the permission/Clearance Service     :           
USD 416.82 (per clearance – for giving permission to stay at Sohar port anchorage area. NO PC to be issued for anchorage stay)

All other charges will be applicable and thus please reach out our Sohar office email for PDA’s: YourISS.Sohar@iss-shipping.com

Other Information

Oman CTM delivery services recommenced and all exchange houses are prepared to facilitate CTM related service request under extra precautionary measures. CTM can be arranged with min 2-3 working days noticed required. All Govt. offices now operating at 50% capacity. 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: 15/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew will be allowed to embark/dis-embark (subject to availability of firm flights/E-Tickets for on/off-signers to arrive/depart Karachi) on board/from the vessel at Karachi & Port Qasim subject to production of required documents as a special case.

Documentation required for crew change

ON-SIGNER

  1. Medical fitness Certificate from origin for arriving crew to Pakistani Airports shall be required to provide a copy of test result for COVID-19 through RT-PCR conducted during the 24/48 hours prior to boarding the flight by a crew.
  2. Yellow Fever Certificate.
  3. Copy of national passport.
  4. Copy of national Seaman Book.
  5. Copy of confirmed E-Ticket.

OFF-SIGNER

  1. Maritime Health Declaration from Master (with sign and stamp).
  2. Vaccination List from Master (with sign and stamp).
  3. Corona virus declaration from Master as sample attached (with sign and stamp).
  4. Crew List from Master (with sign and stamp).
  5. Port of call list from Master (with sign and stamp).
  6. Body temperature list for all officers/crew on board for last 15 days.
  7. Copy of national passport.
  8. Copy of national Seaman Book.
  9. Copy of confirmed E-Ticket

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

IMPORTANT:
 
1)    Due local Airlines office required Embarkation/Joining permission granted by local Authorities (Port Health Officer/Immigration Authority) for on-signers to insert ok boarding in their system, request to share all above mentioned documents one to two days before crew departure from home-town in order to obtain embarkation/joining permission from Port Health Officer/Immigration Authority for system generated ok boarding to avoid any complication in crew boarding on flight from home-town.

2)    Due COVID-19 Hotel stay not allowed for on/off-signers, hence please book on-signers to arrive Karachi on the day of vessel’s berthing and off-signers to depart Karachi before vessel’s departure in order to arrange transfer of on-signers direct from Karachi Airport to vessel and off-signers from vessel to Karachi Airport.


Related Documents
Pakistan_DECLARATION

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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: 04/08/2020

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:
Restrictions: Conditional

• Until further notification it is only allowed to perform crew changes between panamanain seafares. (in/out)
Or 
• Crew charges, having a foreign seafarers disembarking and replaced by panamanian seafarer embarking. (foreign out /
panamanian in)

Crew Changes would consist in organizing of charter or Commercial flights both ways through airports, without the Republic of Panama, in non-risk pandemic areas. 

Evidence condition of seafarers same must be presented through a certificate issued by a licensed physician and submitted for approval of MINSA (Panama Ministry of Health). 

This instructive shall also be used for Panamanian Crew who have been sailing in vessels which navigational routes do not include the Republic of Panama, and their contracts have been terminated; thus, requiring them to return to their places of residence.

The instructive also includes the requirements for any seafarer’s disembarkation from vessel in Panama and how to proceed before and after.

In both cases, prior to embarking the flight to the Republic of Panama, Panama Ministry of Heath requires that a Covid 19 Testing be made, the Agencies & Shipping Lines must arrange same and send the results to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Panama before any execution.

For further details please refer to Panama Instructive for Crew Changes during COVID-19


Port Restrictions
Government announced airports will remain closed one more month from June 22nd. No commerical flights are allowed, only charter & humanitarian flights. 

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
Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) published on the Official Gazette a resolution which waive the Anchorage costs for any vessel over 500GRT which is laid up in Panama will have the anchorage dues waived for a period of time. The waive period 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.

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: 06/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew Change in Port Moresby only

  1. No crew change at ports or terminals, including Technicians, Inspectors and Superintendents is permissible in PNG unless approved by the Controller.
  2. No OPL Crew Change permissible in PNG
  3. Suspension of all shore crew leave.
  4. No crew personnel allowed on quayside of PNG Port facilities.
  5. It is mandatory for all personnel boarding vessels to wear PPE to protect themselves and the crew of vessel.

Controller approval and exemption procedure for crew change. Recommend a lead time of 15 working days.

Please refer to document Customer Advisory (17) for further details. 

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. 

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

With an increase of Covid-19 cases registered in Port Moresby the National Operations Centre Controller as of 28th July has placed further restrictions in Port Moresby where the cases are prevalent.
The following preventative measures for Port Moresby.

  • No international travel into PNG unless approved by the Controller and new entry measures are met
  • See attached – International Travel Measure 28th July.
  • Domestic flights restricted
  • Public transportation stopped.
  • Mandatory mask requirement in public places
  • Curfew 2200 hrs to 0500 hrs in Port Moresby.

As shipping is deemed an essential service there will be no disruption to vessel operations however all measures/ directives remain in place as follows.
Designated Ports for Health and Customs Clearance at the following ports only.

  • Port Moresby**
  • Lae
  • Madang
  • Rabaul

** All vessels are directed to call at the above designated ports for Health and Customs Clearance before proceeding to its intended port for discharge / loading.

  1. Kumul Marine Terminal to be cleared at Port Moresby OPL or Zone 10
  2. Basamuk to be cleared at Madang anchorage.
  3. Kavieng to be cleared at Rabaul anchorage.

The exception to this directive continues with all LNG Tankers Health cleared at Caution Bay (PNGLNG)
Please note: Additional cost will be incurred to Owners, Principals, Charterers under the designated port requirements.


Related notices:

Novel Coronavirus (18)
APTF Version 4.1 (003)
Measure No.2 International Travel 28.07.20
Pandemic Act 2020
Quarantine standards 27 June


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Peru

All Ports
Update: 24/07/2020

Crew Changes:
Restrictions: Yes

No crew changes permitted. Peruvian boarders are closed. Airports closed for passengers, 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

Terminals APM and DPW have 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, JUN 04, govenment exted Sanitary emergency by 90 days more (from Jun 11 until Sep 10).Jun 22th curfew time changed for all the country from 21:00 hrs till 04:00 hrs, start third stage of economic reactivation Jun 30 - As of July 1, the quarantine and a curfew on Sundays is lifted with exemption of 7 regions (arequipa, Ica, Junin, Huanuco, San Martin,Madre de Dios y Ancash) who will keep the currents measures of government , regions without quarantine has a curfew every day from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. JUL 15 Domestic flights allowed JUL 23 Restaurants will attend with 40% capacity


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: 04/08/2020

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: 15/06/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Please be informed that since 14/03/2020 15:00lt new procedures have been implemented by Polish Port Authorities. 1. Shore leave 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). 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.


Related notices:
WHO-2019-nCov-IHR_Ship_outbreak-2020.1-eng-1


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Portugal

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

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: 29/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

UPDATE - JULY 1, 2020 PUERTO RICO PORTS AUTHORITIES WILL ALLOW CREW DISEMBARKATION ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS DEPANDING ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES SAME WITH CBP AUTHORITES. IF USA CITIZEN AND HAS MEDICAL CLEARANCE IT WILL BE AUTHORIZED. IF IT IS A FOREIGN NATIONAL AND HIS D-1 SHORE PASS IS ABOUT TO EXPIRE IT WILL BE AUTHORIZED AS WELL AS FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES OR DEATHS IN THE FAMLY. COMMENCING JULY 15TH, 2020 PUERTO RICO PORT AUTHORITY AND HOMELAND SECURITY CUSTOMS AND BOARDER PROTECTION Airport - passengers are to arrive with their respective COVID-19 test negative test result at least 3 days prior to arriving to Puerto Rico and upon arrival they will be individually screened for temperature and are ask a series of questions if they pass screening they can depart the airport if not then the passengers are taken to another area of the airport for further screening. If any passenger arrives Puerto Rico airport without COVID-19 negative test result they can be tested at the airport by the National Guard and if they test even if they test negative or positive then they will be guarantined for 14 days and undergo another COVID-19 testing. Also will be reuiqred to fill out a COVID-19 tracing forms from the PR Department of Health.

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

July 29, 2020 5,700 confirmed cases COVID-19 POSITIVE WITH 10,361 PROBABLE CONTAGIOUS AND 211 DEATHS / UPDATE JUNE 12, 2020 - GOVERNOR WANDA VAZQUEZ ISSUED A NEW DIRECTIVE EASING OF COVID-19 CURFEW AND RESTRICITONS starting june 16th CURFEW EXTENDED NOW FROM 0500HRS UNTIL 2200HRS. BUSINESSES CAN REMAIN OPEN FROM mONDAY UNTIL SUNDAY INCLUDING RESTAURANTS.GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES ARE TO RETURN TO WORK STARTING JUNE 16TH FOLLOWING BUSINESSES ARE AUTHORIZED TO OPEN: BEAUTY SPAS AND SALOONS, MARKETING AGENCIES, PROFESSIONAL SERVICESAGENCIES, THERAPY SERVICES, FILM INDUSTRIES AND MUSEUMS AS WELL AS MOVIE THEATRES. RESTAURANTS CAN EXTEND OCCUPANCY TO 50 PERCENT. FARM MARKETS CAN NOW REOPEN AS WELL AS GYMNASIUMS FOLLOWING cdc, osha AND dEPARTMENT OF hEALTH GUIDELINES OF SOCIAL DISTANCING. SPORTING EVENTS ARE NOW AUTHORIZED EXCEPT THOSE THAT HAVE PHYSICAL CONTACT. SCHOOLS AND EDUCATIONAL CENTERS CAN NOW REOPEN AND COMMENCE PREPARING FOR THE NEXT SEMESTER. THE GOVERNMENT WILL REOPEN TOURISM ON JULY 15TH. ALL PUBLIC BEACHES ARE TO REOPEN ON JUNE 16TH. BIG GATHERINGS ARE PROHIBITED. USE OF FACE MASKS IS EMPHASIZED. ADDITIONAL NEWS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY THE END OF THE MONTH OF JUNE.


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: 04/08/2020

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.

In RLC, special approval can be obtained for SIGNING OFF personnel only. Subject to Port & Authorities no objection and Safe requirement Manning of the vessel.

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

No Discount or changes with the prevailing Port Tariff
HH The Amir Issues Law Amending Some Provisions of the Decree Law on Prevention of Infectious Disease.
https://www.diwan.gov.qa/briefing-room/news/general/lg/2020/march/26/lg01?sc_lang=en

Qatar Airways official website - https://www.qatarairways.com/en/travel-alerts/COVID-19-update.html
Hamad International airport Q&A Link: https://dohahamadairport.com/covid-19-impact-faqs

Qatar has implemented a four-phase plan in which coronavirus restrictions will be lifted.
Additional protocols "ARRIVAL TO QATAR"
 

 


Related notices:
Arrivals to Qatar


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Reunion

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes 

(a)Crew change can be entertained but on a case to case basis; However, due to logistics constraints (only few hotels opened; limited Launches ; Operation can be performed only during day time ; maximum hours of launch crew as per French regulations have already been attained), aand a drastic surge of Vessels calling... huge delays and even last minute cancellation have to be expected not to say Immigration concerns for those who's transit visas have elapsed and are still on the territory.

We rely on your understanding, since this situation is beyond our control and please bear with us.
(b) Shore leave not possible;
(c) Schengen area borders are closed; only flights from/to Paris CDG are still operating (minimum service)
(d) Crew change possible for crew members holding a valid passport and seaman book (seaman book not necessary for European citizens).

For more info on conditions please contact ISSMLMRU@iss-shipping.com for updates

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

No expected delays.

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

Other Information

Travel Advisory:

  1. Schengen area borders are closed; only flights from/to Paris CDG are still operating (minimum service)
  2. Compulsory quaratine for all persons coming from France

National Restrictions:

  1. National confinement no more in force since 11th May

For more info on conditions please contact ISSMLMRU@iss-shipping.com for updates


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Russia

All Ports
Update: 31/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew can to sign on and sign off. Local quarantine authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test at their home places upon arrival during 3 days.

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 still 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.


Nakhodka

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test at their home places upon arrival during 3 days.

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. 


Vostochny and Kozmino

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test at their home places upon arrival during 3 days.

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. 


Vladivostok

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test at their home places upon arrival during 3 days.

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. 


Vanino

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test at their home places upon arrival during 3 days.

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. 


De Kastri

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test at their home places upon arrival during 3 days.

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. 


Kholmsk

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test in Sakhalin. Local authorities are require the COVID-19 negative test resul document dated at least 3 Days prior to on-signers arrival to the Sakhlin Island. Special SEIC and ENL requirements on their vessels for sign on crews.

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. 


Korsakov

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test in Sakhalin. Local authorities are require the COVID-19 negative test resul document dated at least 3 Days prior to on-signers arrival to the Sakhlin Island. Special SEIC and ENL requirements on their vessels for sign on crews.

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. 


Prigorodnoye

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test in Sakhalin. Local authorities are require the COVID-19 negative test resul document dated at least 3 Days prior to on-signers arrival to the Sakhlin Island. Special SEIC and ENL requirements on their vessels for sign on crews.

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. 


Novorossiysk

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test at their home places upon arrival during 3 days.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to the 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 and 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. Russian Black sea ports and Vanino:  All vessels come from countries with a high risk of Covid-19 should be disinfected by specialists at the port's external roadstead, only after that quarantine inspector(s) goes on board in order to take temperature test of each crew member and if everything is in order then official authorities only. The same procedure will be if there was a crew change in ports with a high risk of infection and 14 days have not passed since the crew arrived.


Tuapse

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test at their home places upon arrival during 3 days.

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. Russian Black sea ports and Vanino:  All vessels come from countries with a high risk of Covid-19 should be disinfected by specialists at the port's external roadstead, only after that quarantine inspector(s) goes on board in order to take temperature test of each crew member and if everything is in order then official authorities only. The same procedure will be if there was a crew change in ports with a high risk of infection and 14 days have not passed since the crew arrived.


Russian Baltic ports

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No foreigner crew changes allowed except Russian & Ukraine crew to sign on and sign off. Local authorities are require the PCR COVID-19 negative test result document dated at least 3 Days prior crew to embark on board. Sign off crews mandatory must pass COVID-19 test at their home places upon arrival during 3 days.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Master must provide all crew temperature list to the 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 and 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. Russian Black sea ports and Vanino:  All vessels come from countries with a high risk of Covid-19 should be disinfected by specialists at the port's external roadstead, only after that quarantine inspector(s) goes on board in order to take temperature test of each crew member and if everything is in order then official authorities only. The same procedure will be if there was a crew change in ports with a high risk of infection and 14 days have not passed since the crew arrived.


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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Saipan

All Ports
Update: 04/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

No crew change and shore leave allowed.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Vessel will be cleared by CNMI PUBLIC HEALTH for clearance All crew should wear face mask at all times and no one is allowed to go ashore for duration of port visit Effective March 23, all passengers from off-island, including residents, will be subject to mandatory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days Vessel to fill up health questionnare prior to arrival.

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

Other Information

Effective March 24, 2020, all businesses that have facilities open to the general public shall only be open to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Outside of those hours, businesses may operate but may not be open to the general public.

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Samoa

All Ports
Update: 06/08/2020

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. Dalight enrty only for health boarding. 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. Work will be restricted between Monday - Saturday. No work on Sunday. However awaiting formal government advice.  


Related notices:
American Saoma 09MAR20
Samoa 07MAR20
Samoa 24FEB20


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Saudi Arabia

All Ports
Update: 04/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are not permitted. All KSA borders and airports are closed except for freight. 

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Free pratique is granted granted for vessels once Quarantine officer approved on arrival. Master is requested to provide a statement, that all crew onboard are healthy and not having high temperature, sore throat, coughing or breathing difficulties. Technical calls allowed. Only cargo vessels allowed.  Shore leave is not permitted on temporary basis. Social distancing is encouraged. Temperature checks are in place. No passenger vessels are allowed in KSA.                                   

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

Slight delays (two to three hours) expected for obtaining free pratique. No port closure, still operating 24 hours. No passenger vessels allowed.          

Other Information

Curfew 24 Hrs for Makkah/Madinah while all other KSA places curfew starts from 17h00 LT to 09h00 LT.  Only port contractors and other specified workers such as health, food and goods transportation are allowed to move to and from work during curfew hours. Other information can be obtained from Covid 19  Inchcape Link.https://www.iss-shipping.com/pages/coronavirus-port-country-implications .The government has announced that the restrictions will be lifted in three phases as of 27th May;

Complete lockdown last day today 27th May

Phase 1 - 28th May to 30th May  
curfew from 3pm to 6am 
Movement permitted within regions
Retail outlets will start to open


Phase 2 -31st May to 20th June
Curfew from 8pm to 6am
The suspension of workplace attendance will end, allowing all employees in ministries, government entities and private sector companies to return to working from their offices provided that they follow strict precautionary guidelines.
Movement between regions will be permitted. Domestic flights will start to operate. Restaurants and cafes serving food and beverages can reopen.

However, beauty salons, barber shops, sports clubs, health clubs, entertainment centers and cinemas will be barred from reopening in the second phase. The ban on social gatherings of more than fifty people, such as weddings and funerals will also continue to remain in force.

Phase 3 Jun 21 onwards.
Normalcy returned (No curfew)Goverment can make any changes basis on situation.No Umrah


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: 20/07/2020

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. Curfew lifted since 30.06.2020. Flights might to resume on 15.07.2020 after further evaluation

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


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02 SENEGAL CIRCULAR FREE ENGLISH TRANSLATION


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Sierra Leone

All Ports
Update: 18/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

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 All passengers flights has been suspended with the possibility to resume in July after further evaluation on 22.07.20. SN expected to bring first commercial flight from Europe same date. Business partner have been given permit to cross boarders of both personnel and cargo. Negative COVID-19 certificate will be required.

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.

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

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.

Other Information

None.

Related Notices:
06 SIERRA LEONE CIRCULAR


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Seychelles

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions:Yes

Until 1st August only private jets, chartered flights abd private yachts from low risk countries will be allowed. Visistors disembarking will be allowed in only approved hotels/resorts by Public Health.

As from 1st of August commercial flights will be allowed. Conditions apply.. For more info
email mruops@iss-shipping.com;

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

  1. All cruise Ship banned for next two years - up to end of 2020

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.Until 1st August only private jets, chartered flights abd private yachts from low risk countries will be allowed. Visistors disembarking will be allowed in only approved hotels/resorts by Public Health;

2. As from 1st of August commercial flights will be allowed. Conditions apply... for more info pls email mruops@iss-shipping.com;


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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: 05/08/2020

Crew Change
Restrictions: Conditional

  1. Crew changes are allowed on Singapore-flagged vessels and sign-off from foreign flagged ships except under special circumstances. 
  2. Crew liberty will be restricted
  3. Sea and aiports remain open
  4. Border are closed to short-term visitors without approval are not allowed to enter Singapore
  5. Quarantine is not required if there is no suspected/confirmed case of COVID19 infection onboard

Port Restrictions
Restrictions:Yes

From 19th June 2020, Singapore embarked on the “Safe Transition” phase, the second phase in a three-phased approach to resume business activities safely.
Most non-essential businesses that were not allowed to operate are now opened.
The ministries reported that community transmission rates remain low and stable. 
The Multi-Ministry Taskforce is monitoring the situation closely. It will continue to take a calibrated and risk-based approach in determining the appropriate precautions and measures for Singapore

Gradual Opening of Borders 
Singapore has explored the piloting of fast lane arrangements with a few other countries and regions. This is to facilitate Singaporeans and residents to conduct essential activities overseas and to allow safe travel for foreigners entering Singapore in limited numbers, with the necessary safeguards in place to ensure public health considerations are addressed.

1. Border Control Measures
     A) Short-term visitors without permission are not allowed to enter Singapore
     B) All incoming passengers with travel history in the following countries for at least 14-Days before arrival in Singapore may serve 14 days Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in place of residence or accommodation
          Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Macao SAR, mainland China, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam
     C) All other incoming travellers do not neet above condition will need to serve 14-Day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at SHN Dedicated Facilities (SDF) 
     D) All incoming travellers are required to take Covid-19 test before end of SHN

Note: 
A. For details on the latest SHN / Covid19 test for incoming passengers: https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19/shn 
B. Travelers will gradually be allowed to transit through Singapore’s Changi Airport.
     Transit passengers will be directed to designated facilities in the transit area. Precautionary measures, such as safe distancing, temperature taking for passengers and staff are enforced.
     Travellers are advised to confirm arrangements with airlines they intend to fly with before purchasing their flight tickets.
C. Fast Lane Arrangement
     Fast Lane arrangement is established between Singapore and 6 Chinese provinces (Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin and Zhejiang).
    The scheme is open to residents in Singapore and residence of the 6 Chinese provinces who need to make essential business or official trips between the two countries. 
    Please refer to the following web link for more details
    https://www.mfa.gov.sg/Overseas-Mission/Xiamen/Announcement/Fast-Lane
D. The following long-term pass holders are required to obtain approval from relevant authority before their return to Singapore.
     I. Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) 
     II. Student Pass (STP)
     III. Work Pass (WP/EP/”S” Pass)
E. The issuance of all forms of new Visa and previously issued Visa are suspended. 
     (New application can be submitted for crew members who are approved to join ship in Singapore).
F. Visa-Free Transit Facility (VFTF) is suspended until further notice.
G. Health Declaration
      I. 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.
     II. 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.
    III. 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.
    IV. 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. Safe Distancing / Precautionary Measures
     Precautionary measures continued to be enforced to prevent local transmission of Covid-19 virus at workplaces, public and private places. 
    A. Safe Distancing Measures.
    B. Restriction in social, private and religious activities.
    C. Wear a face mask outside place of residence with exception to limited activities. 
    D. Safe Measures Management at all workplaces. 

4. Port and Essential Marine Services are not be affected.
     A. Shipping (e.g. ship operators and liner operators)
     B. Shipping related services (e.g. ship management and ship agencies)
     C. Safety and navigation services (e.g. Class societies, pilotage, salvage and towage)
     D. Port and terminal operations include construction
     E. Port marine services (e.g. ship chandlers, bunkering and ferry services)

Inchcape Shipping Services (S) Pte Ltd is permitted by Ministry of Trade and Industry to operate during this “Safe Transition” phase. Our offering of full range of marine and agency services are available, business as usual.

5. Impact on Passenger/Cruise ships
Effectively from 13th March 2020, Singapore ceased commercial port calls for all passenger/cruise vessels.
Maritime & Port Authority (MPA) may consider granting permission to passenger ships calling Singapore for bunkering/supplies only. Please note that MPA may offer conditions to the approval of port entry.

6. Impact on 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 suspected/confirmed case of COVID-19 infection, vessel will be directed to a designated anchorage for further assessment.

7. Impact on ship services Outside Port-Limit (OPL)

  • Crew changes at OPL via Singapore is not allowed.
  • Due to Border Control Measures imposing mandatory SHN on persons returning from OPL, local service providers may be reluctant to extend their services at OPL. 

          Permission from Maritime Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) is required.

  • Ships are encouraged to proceed into port limit to receive supplies and perform critical maintenance / repair.

8. Impact on crew members and its passengers

  • Crew liberty / shore visits are restricted regardless of nationality and travel history
  • Crew require shore side medical services is subject to health screening and approval before landing to in Singapore.

          The health screening must be conducted onboard by one of the approved seaport doctors.

  • Vessel’s departure clearance will not be granted until the crew is back to the ship or upon certified unfit for duty.
  • Please refer to the following for an overview of the process flow

              Appendix 1 - Crew Shore Medical Services Procedures (Non-Life-Threatening Cases) 

9. Crew change procedures
     Crew changes for ships will be considered under the following special circumstances

  • Crew completed employment contract
  • Compassionate grounds (e.g. death of family member)
  • Crew no longer medically fit to work on board the ship
  • Additional crew on board whose sign-off would not affect the safe manning of the ship
  • Case involving S&P hand-over and change of management of vessel
  • Personnel who are not part of the ship’s crew such as superintendents and service engineers
  • Crew on board ships in shipyards, including those being laid-up
  • Crew on board docked Yachts & Cruise Ships

General Note:

  • For detailed information on documentation requirement and pre-requisites to be considered for crew change under special circumstances, please refer to 

    https://www.mpa.gov.sg/web/portal/home/port-of-singapore/operations/crew-change

  • Off-signing crew require to be certified “Fit-To-Travel” before Immigration approval to sign-off.

     “Fit-To-Travel” certificate can be issued either by:

  1. Medical screening onboard conduct by any approved seaport doctor.
  2. Tele-medicine consultation by any fully registered doctor with Singapore Medical Council (SMC) and have undergone training by Ministry of Health (MOH).
  • We strongly recommend commencing the application process at least 16 days before departure of joiners from his home country. This is to ensure that sufficient time to prepare mandatory pre-flight arrangement.
  • Visa requirement may apply
  • The serving of 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in Singapore is not required. 
  • Joiners/Off-signers must be escorted during transfer either directly from airport to ship (joiner) or from ship to airport (off-signer) or via one of the designated holding facilities. The requirement to be escorted include restricted area in the airport.
  • Transit or stay in non-approved transit facility while waiting for ship’s arrival or flight is not allowed.
  • Vessel no longer need to remain in-port until last off-signer has boarded the plane.

        Subject to availability of designated holding facilities, if required.
        Please refer to the following for an overview of the process flow
        Appendix 2 - Crew Sign-On Procedures (Under Special Circumstances)
        Appendix 3 - Crew Sign-Off Procedures (Under Special Circumstances)

10. Designated holding facilities
There are 2 approved holding facilities which are expecting to be operational by 2nd July.
General information on the facilities are as follow:

  • Total room available is expecting to be 150+
  • All rooms are air-conditioned with en-suite bathroom
  • 3 meals will be served at the room
  • The holding facilities are meant for crew members who are waiting for flight or waiting to join a ship which is already in-port.
  • During the stay, crew members are not allowed to leave their room
  • Maximum length of stay is capped at 48hrs

Will update more information on the facilities once available. 

11. Remain Vigilant
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           

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
 


Related Notices:
Covid-19 Control Measures Update in Singapore
MPA Circular - NO. 32 OF 2020
MPA Circular - NO. 31 OF 2020
MPA Circular - NO. 14 OF 2020
MPA Circular - No. 26 of 2020 (PMC 26 of 2020
Convid19 - Port Circular - 20-19
MPA Singapore Marine Circular no.11 of 2020.pdf


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Slovenia

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Crew change is permitted, but case by case depending on nationality of joiners and off-signers.

For your guidance, by visiting following link please note list (available in slovenian language only) of passports (nationality) allowed to enter in Slovenia without restrictions as per current regulation:

https://www.nijz.si/sl/seznam-drzav-za-prehajanje-drzavne-meje-brez-omejitev

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

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

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

Please note that the Ministry of Infrastucture and Traffic approved the following new temporary tariffs for Light Dues, which are valid till 30.09.2020.
For cargo vessel there are 3 options with following prices:

  1. Light Dues valid for single call at price of EUR 0,18 per NT
  2. Light Dues valid for period of 30 days at price is of EUR 0,35 per NT
  3. Light Dues valid for period of 1 year at price of EUR 0,85 per NT

Due to Covid-19 emergency situation 50% discount is granted on a/m tariffs for the single call and 30 days options. Also, till 30.09.2020 tariffs for Port Dues, assessed on quantity of cargo loaded and/or discharged, are reduced by 50%.

Other Information

None


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Solomon Islands

All Ports
Update: 06/08/2020

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: 18/07/2020

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.

Crew change possible in Somlia as received PDA for crew disembarkation from business partner. reverting with further information

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Sea ports operational

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. 

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: 03/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

All South African Seafarers will be permitted to embark of disembark vessels either in South Africa or Internationally . Returning Seafarers will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine . South Africa Seafarers wishing to join a vessel , should preferably self - quarantine for 14-days prior to embarking . It is firther recommended that seafarers undergo a Covid - 19 test proir to joining a vessel . No Foreign Seafarers will be permitted to embark or Disembark vessels in South Africa , unless prior arrangements have been upon between the seafarers Embassy and Department of International Relations and Cooperation ( DIRCO), Department of Home Affairs and Department of Health .

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

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: 06/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

1. For the case of sign-on crews;   YES, permitted 

  • All on-signers must get C-3-11 Visa before coming to Korea
  • Must receive PCR test result sheet within 48 hours before the departure flight time. The test result sheet must be hand carried and submitted to the   ICN airport quarantine office 
  • Regardless of the above, It is mandatory for all on-signers to take Covid 19 diagnostic test at airport and they will be moved directly to a quarantine   facility for 14days self-quarantine.  If the test result is positive, they will be moved to a hospital for treatment
  • After 14 days, agent can pick them up at the facility and take them to the vessel by dedicated vehicle. 

Considering 14 days self-isolated quarantine period, we recommend on-signers to be arrived in Korea at least 15-16 days before vessel’s ETA. 

2. For the case of sign-off crews, YES, permitted 

  • Agent have to pre-register for quarantine facility 4 days before vessel ETA due to the limited available rooms in quarantine facilities for off-signers.
  • Agent cannot guarantee whether rooms will be available since facilities are frequently fully booked. If no room, off-signers cannot disembark vessel.
  • If granted with rooms, crews will take PCR test upon vessel arrival and will stay on-board until the result is out (normally 12hours)
  • Will directly transported to quarantine facility upon disembarkation and stay for 14 days and can fly back to home after it .

 Off-signers must have an available phone number and mobile device for installing “Self-diagnosis” Apps. http://ncov.mohw.go.kr/selfcheck/

As from 13th July, off-signer must have 14 days self-quarantine in quarantine facility at their cost(KW150,000/day) same as on-signers.  

Despite the above principle for off-signers, agent can apply exemption of 14days isolation with application form in case ship prove the following conditions; crew stays on board for over 14days and no history of any crew change during over 14days and no confirmed cases of Covid-19 and no patients (as of today, Yeosu port authority confirmed the exemption rule applied but under checking the exemption rule applied in other ports )  
         
3. Immigration regulation for entrants for crew change   

Crews from all countries require C-3-11 Visa before arrival in Korea (Visa exempted 21 countries are shown below). After sending EDI first through agent, crews must obtain C-3-11 (Short term Visit) Visa issued by Korean embassy to enter Korea. 

Documents for submission to embassy for C-3-11 Visa
Visa application form, Passport, One standard size photo, Fee approx. 40 USD in cash, Letter of invitation, Employment contract, Seaman book, Certificate for ship's nationality, General declaration of the ship's arrival/departure, Doctor's note regarding COVID-19(fever, cough, chill, headache, muscle fever, lung infections, etc.) -  (issued within last 48 hours) in English,  Health Condition Report Form, Agreement for quarantine
     
The country list exempt from C-3-11 Visa (Total 21 countries)

  • Asia-Pacific (2) New Caledonia, Palau
  • Americas (10) United States of America, Guyana, Nicaragua, Commonwealth of Dominica, Mexico, Barbados, Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the   Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Guam
  • Europe (9) Molta, Ireland, England, Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino, Andorra, Albania, Slovenia

* Crews from the above 21 countries are allowed to enter Korea and apply on-arrival visa at ICN airport. 

ALL PRINCIPALS ARE KINDLY REQUESTED TO CONTACT ISS KOREA TO AVOID ANY POSSIBLE MISTAKE IN ARRANGING CREW CHANGE IN ADVANCE since situation and gov't guidance are kept changing frequently.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

  • Free pratique is granted except for vessels with called china, Hong Kong, 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:
South Korea_ Quarantine Immigration regulation for crew change (as of July 20)
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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

crew permitted to offsign/onsign with no restrictions as per pre covid position, transport measures in place to maintain social distancing,state of alert relaxed 22/06/2020 , bunkering, spares and CTM being allowed, BQS, designated hotel in Algeciras available for crew no quarentine in place.*Madrid and Gibraltar should be checked if flights in/out of Malaga are unavailable.

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: 15/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

**Crew changes are temporarily suspended. Authorities have given a grace period up to 12th July to evacuate all foreign crew members presently in the country. The idea is not to have any foreign crew in the country after the 12th. However Bulk crew changes are still permitted, However a flight must be chartered to transfer the joining crew members directly from Airport to ship and the same flight to carry the off signers out of the country.**

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.

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.

Authorities are planning to open up the Colombo Airport for Passenger arrivals from 1st August onwards. Arrival of Passenger air crafts are expected to develop gradually thereafter.

Other Information

Health Authorities have suspended all crew changes***


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
Srilanka_Crew change condition


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St. Lucia

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Airports are opened from the 4th June, 2020. But there are no Flight confirmation from American Airlines, Jet Blue or Virgin Atlantic until Mid July to St Lucia. 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
None


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St. Marteen

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: No

CREW CHANGES ARE PERMITTED - Requierements: ship(s) specs, previous ports, crew to off sign and on sign if need be and copy of their passports and seaman’s books. Once received, we will request the crew change and revert with the procedure to complete the process.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Only restriction is that we do not allow crew to stay overnight. Crew are to go from vessel to airport and vice versa. Arriving/on signing crew members need to provide the immigration officer at the airport with a negative COVID test, of which the results were received within 72 hours prior boarding the plane.

Closures & Delays
None

Other Information

None.


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Sweden

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

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: 06/08/2020

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: 05/08/2020

Crew Restrictions
Restrictions: Conditional

The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has issued ammendments to the Travel Advisory of 4th April 2020 whereby International flighs are now allowed. There will also be NO mandatory Quarantine for arriving passengers, however, they will go under temperature screening and are required to fill in survelaince forms provided by Health and Immigration Officials on arrival. All arriving passengers should posses a COVID-19 Negative test Certificates from their country of origin. All Off signers should have destination/connection hub flights clearance prior leaving from the Country. PCR Test in Tanzania takes not less than a week to obtain results as there is only one Lab for the same.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: No

Port operations as usual. 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 / No restrictions on shore leave after Free practique is issued /social distancing, usage of face masks and sanitatzation is highly reccommended / 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 strongly advised to use face Masks especially in Public place and also maintan necessary social disctances as necessary as possible.


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: 06/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

  • Crew change not available in all Thailand ports.
  • Boarders are closed.
  • Airport sill open for diplomatic passport and transit passenger only.
  • Passenger ship not permited to enter Thailand water
  • 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 callingThailand port still operaate in normal with provide document as above for qurantine process. Shore leave is not permited The Royal Thai Government agreed to lift the curfew nation-wide in effect from 15 June 2020


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: 20/07/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

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. Curfew lifted since 09.06.2020. Crew change repatriation upon special permit can be arranged For the moment crew change is possible at lome with Charter flight. The commercial flight is not yet 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 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

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

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: 31/07/2020

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: 05/08/2020

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. Borders are expected to open from June 27, 2020

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

All owners/vessels/masters must provide on board a special & sterilized zone enable port authority, agents & stevedores to proceed safely with the exchanges of documents & inward formalities with
Obligation to avoid unuseful vessels boarding.
It is not allowed for servicing providers of oil, garbage disposal & provisions suppliers to get in touch directly with vessel/crew/master and this will be coordinated directly with ship’s agents.
All ship’s agents must proceed through a specialized disinfecting company to sterilize & disinfect prior cargo operations all vessel’s extern surfaces such as (vessel’s hatch covers, decks, ramps, etc… for safety reasons.
All dealers with the unique desk must wear the protective flap.
All dealers inside the port must wear the protective flap.
It is prohibited for trucks drivers to leave their trucks during all their period in the port.

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: 05/08/2020

Crew Change:
Restrictions: Conditional

Turkey has started opening all the borders for passengers but with limited flights and countries. * Crew change is allowed but subject to final confirmations from the authorities thus case by case check is suggested and disembarking crew must hold a valid flight and present it before leaving the vessel. * Any disembarking crew and passengers to be checked before allowing them to enter the country and persons showing any of the symptoms to be sent to hospital for treatment etc.

Port Restrictions:
Restrictions: Yes

Ships intending to have any kind of supply 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 and it is subject to sanitary office approval. * Ships are allowed receive provisions and technician attendance and crew change and is allowed. During supply operations no one is allowed to board the vessel thus Cash to Master delivery is also not possible. * 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.

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 older than 65 years between 20:00lt & 10:00lt.
  • Childrens are only allowed to go out with one of their parents.
  • 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.

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Ukraine

All Ports
Update: 30/06/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Crew changes are available for all nationalities/ Borders are open for foreigners from "green zone" with COVID-19 insurance/ All airports are open for regular traffic, which is still rather limited/ "Adaptive" qurantine till 31/07/2020/ 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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

We are extremely pleased to share with you the official circular No. (12) 2020 – Adopting the Protocol of resuming UAE Maritime activities with safety measures and the crew changes in UAE ports and Waters & the UAE Maritime Return to Work Safety Protocol (which please read carefully) This effectively means that the entire UAE is now open for crew changes. Please contact our Crew Support Desk for any support you may need towards ensuring smooth crew changes in UAE: Supportservice.Crewdesk@iss-shipping.com

Fujairah

Please see below linked official notification as received from the harbour Master of Port of Fujairah.

We are standing by to support you in crew changes in Fujairah.

NTM 284 - VESSEL CREW CHANGE REQUIREMENT - DURING COVID 19 PERIOD

Abu Dhabi

Please refer to Abu Dhabi Ports: CHM Direction No. 03/2020.

CHM Direction  03 2020 -  Vessels Crew Changes and Disembarking Mechanism - Requirements At Abu Dhabi 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

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

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.


Related notices:
NTM 284 - VESSEL CREW CHANGE REQUIREMENT - DURING COVID 19 PERIOD
CHM Direction  03 2020 -  Vessels Crew Changes and Disembarking Mechanism - Requirements At Abu Dhabi Ports
UAE Maritime Activities Return to Work Safely Protocol
FTA Circular 12-20 UAE Maritime Protocol
CREW CHANGES - Shipping Agent Commitment (Undertaken Letter)


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United Kingdom

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

The UK government has introduced 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

Those who meet the exemption criteria will still need to complete the Public Health passenger locator form before travel to the UK:  https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/public-health-passenger-locator-form

In order to demonstrate that they meet the exemption criteria, crew will need to show a Seafarers Identification Document (SID), joining papers, seafarers employment agreement or a seafarers discharge book (Continuous Certificate of Discharge). Alternatively, they could show a basic training certificate or declaration from the registered owners of the vessel that they are a crew member.

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: Conditional

Crew changes are permitted but must be carried out via launch prior to cargo arm connection. Terminal imposes a 50m safety zone when arms are connected.


Hound Point

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes permitted on a case by case basis with limited numbers.


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

The following activities and visitor groups are permitted restricted access:

• Shore leave and Crew changes;
• Shipping Company representatives;
• SIRE Inspections, surveyors and inspectors (Non cargo), Class and P&I representatives* (see also below);
• Service engineers; For the above groups all boarding and disembarkation will be by launch only, before or after cargo operations.

Cargo Operations will not be stopped/suspended to facilitate visitors joining or leaving the vessel and any subsequent delays are for the owners account. These visitors are not granted access onto the jetty at any time and are not permitted to be in the CCR when the jetty operator is on board the ship.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Stores deliveries can now be delivered by road.


Dragon LNG Terminal, Milford Haven

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew changes are now permitted. Joining crew will only be allowed to join the vessel 12 hrs after POB. They will have from 12 hrs after POB to 2 hours before discharge completed to join the vessel. Off signing crew may leave within the time frame. If joining crew need a handover period (mainly for officers) then they will only be able to disembark after completion of arms disconnection and when terminal staff are clear of manifold and gangway.

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

Crew changes permitted and no longer need to take place by launch. Crew will need use the site minibus but must wear face mask and gloves and there is a maximum 3 crew on the bus at one time (so extra time may be needed for handovers etc).

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

Crew changes are permitted.

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: Conditional

Crew changes are not permitted as use of a ferry is required from the mainland.

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)
 


Puma Energy Milford Haven Terminal

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Crew changes are now permitted via jetty with added precautions and advanced reporting. Shore leave restrictions remain in force.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

Engineers or Contractors – would need to be essential work and decisions made on a case by case basis communicated to Puma well in advance. Misison to Seafarers and other visitors not permitted. Anyone who does attend a Ship will have to supply a Health Declaration Form Prior to Access being permitted. The Agent will need to ensure Puma receive a copy of this form well in advance of the arrival. Ship's stores to be delivered by barge only. Very small deliveries will be considered at Jetty Gate by prior arrangement.


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: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional 

Partial closure of borders. It is still not allowed for foreigners to enter the country. However, there is a flexibility on Crew Changes and authorities are evaluating on a case by case with the following pre-conditions:
 
1) ON-SIGNERS
 A negative COVID-19 PCR test is required Max. 3 days prior sailing fm Origin – Express TESTS are not allowed/valid for local Sanitary authorities.
 A full and complete flight ticket is compulsory  and the vessel MUST be already in Uruguayan waters ( at pier or anchored) prior to the on-signers arrival.
The on-signers MUST be transported DIRECTLY fm the Airport to the vessel or to the launch boat that will connect the vsl.
They must wear MASKS and avoid near contact with other persons at the airports and also during the land transports.
 
As per local decree Nº  93/020, is  established , that any ON-*SIGNER arriving to Uruguay must remain in quarantine/isolation for 14 days.
This quarantine is recommended to be carried out onboard the vessel. For that purpose the  vessel must  Supply the correct isolation conditions, therefore it’s a MUST to stay in an individual cabin ,preferably with private bathroom included , in order to maintain the requested isolation conditions.
After this 14 days of isolation and if no any sanitary problem faced  , the crew can leave the cabin and start working in normal conditions.
 
The vessel will be able to sail/depart any time, NOT need to stay 14 days in uruguayan waters.
 
As an alternative if the vessel will stay in Port or anchor (always in Uruguayan waters) for many days, the on signers could be tested for CoViD PCR analysis on arrival to our country, then the crew must be kept in quarantine onboard the vessel  , ONLY for 7 days (isolated conditions as detailed previously), and after those 7 days , a 2nd COVID PCR  test MUST be performed and if both tests results Negative , the crew can leave the cabin and start working in normal conditions.-
 
Hotel Lodging is NOT authorized.  Also note that there are very limited flight options.
 
1) OFF-SIGNERS
 
A daily body temperature control is needed as fm 14 days prior arrival to Montevideo signed and stamped by Master 
48 hs prior arrival to Montevideo,  the body temperatura control MUST be donde each 8 hours.
A Master declaration of health stating the crew sanitary conditions duly signed and stamped.
A Master letter stating that all crew are free of COVID-10 sympthoms ( if that is the case) duly signed and stamped
Therefore, unless any symptoms appear that make the sanitary authority suspects that they are in the presence of an infectious respiratory disease, they will not need to be tested for COVID-19 and will able/authorized to disembark
 
A full and complete flight ticket is compulsory  fm mvd up to final destination.
The off-signers MUST be transported “ DIRECTLY “ fm the vessel or launch coming fm the vessel to the Airport and must be disembarked MAX  4 hours prior flight departure time.
They must wear MASKS and avoid near contact with other persons at the airports and also during the land transports.
 
Hotel Lodging is NOT authorized. Also note that there are very limited flight options.

Port Restrictions
Restrictions: Yes

The following measures apply to nationals of the affected countries:
a. 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.
b. 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.
c. In the event that the health status of one or more travelers is suspicious of acute respiratory illness(**):
i. embarkation of personnel for port service will be allowed only if the personnel wears personal protective equipment (goggles, face mask, gloves).
ii. 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.
d. If the epidemiological clinical evaluation of the traveler carried out on board:
i. rules out suspected infectious disease, the ship may start operation in port 
ii. 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
None

Other Information

None


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Guam

All Ports
Update: 04/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Yes

Crew members must quarantine for 14 days at their person residence or rental lodging location. Crew members must sign a Voluntary Quarantine Acknowledgement. Crew Member must provide quarantine location address and a working phone number. They must remain in quarantine for 14 days from the date or arrival in guam. They must adhere to symptom monitoring by the DPHSS. They are not allowed visitors at their quaranting locations. They may leave for medical emergencies or to seek medical care. They may leave to get takeout food, however they are not able to leave to shop for groceries, conduct banking transactions, seel personal hygiene services, go to the beach or visit any public places. They may leave the quarantine location to transit out of Guam even if it is prior to the completion of the 14-day quarantine period.        

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: Yes

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 and 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


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JIC Release No. 177 - DPHSS Issues Guidance Memos 2020-19, 2020-20;  Expanded COVID-19 Testing Continues.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 of America

All Ports
Update: 03/08/2020

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.

Tariffs

PORT OF LOS ANGELES TARIFF
PASSENGER VESSEL LAYUP RATE

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.   / 06/25 TEMPRARY RESTRICTIONS ON CRE WCHANGE RESCINDED. - SEE ATTACHED.

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. / 06/25 TEMPRARY RESTRICTIONS ON CRE WCHANGE RESCINDED. - SEE ATTACHED.

Delays & Closures
No closures or expected closures due to the coronavirius. 

Other Information
Texas State Govenor has issued an exectutive order that limits social gatherings to 10 people.  Schools are temporarily closed.  

Temporary Restrictions on Crew Changes
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. / 06/25 - Recission of Temporary Restrictions on Crew Shore Leave / Requests for crew sign-offs (D-2) which include an overnight stay will now be considered if, the crewmember is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crewmember has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction on the crewmember’s travel. - See Attached.

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
Louisiana Governor has issued a stay-at-home order for the entire state, effective March 23rd. / CBP electronically entering/clearing vessels in Lake Charles


LONG BEACH & LOS ANGELES

Crew Changes
Crew Changes allowed. 
No crew change restrictions at this time. / 06/25 Due to constant cancellations of Philippine airlines flights our local CBP is now requiring parole and safeguard for any Filipino departing on a Philippine air flight. Also see attached email, Filipino government requiring that crew have at least two day hotel reservation at one of the approved hotels in Manila or Cebu prior to taking off from the US. - see attached. / 07-20 US CBP is going to back to regular boarding’s for customs and immigration inspection on vessels starting today.

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

Approved Hotels in Manila & Cebu


MOBILE, AL

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. / 06/25 - Recission of Temporary Restrictions on Crew Shore Leave - See Attached.

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. / 06/25 - Recission of Temporary Restrictions on Crew Shore Leave - See Attached.

Delays & Closures
None

Other Information
Personnel out in Public must maintain Social Distance.

Rescission of Temporary Restrictions 


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. / 06/04 - CRESCENT PILOTS P-TOWN TO NEW ORLEANS INCREASE DRAFT TO 46FT(FW) / 6/11 - daylight transit only mm167.5-mm234 / BAR & FEDERAL pilots increase Transit draft from SW Pass to PILOTTOWN to 45FT(FW) CRESCENT PILOTS P-TOWN TO NEW ORLEANS INCREASE DRAFT TO 46FT(FW) / 06/25 - Recission of Temporary Restrictions on Crew Shore Leave - See Attached.

Delays & Closures
No closures.

No closures anticipated at this time 6/11 - SWPass Bar pilots resumed pilotage 1300/08th June –

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. 

Southwest Pass Transit Draft
Recission of Temporary Restrictions on Crew Shore Leave
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 and airports are open.
All crew are detained on board at the time of arrival unless crewmember have been approved by CBP to embark/disembark. 

Effective 06/01/2020, hotels are 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 08-20-CH2
MSIB 16-20 GAO Report
MSIB 17-20 Water Mass Gatherings
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
MSIB 11-20 Maintaing Maritime Commerce
MSIB 09-20 Vessel Inspections

MSIB 02-20_Change 3_Novel Coronavirus USA
MSIB-06-20_Reporting-Requirements
CISA Insights - Risk Management for Novel Coronavirus
WHO-2019-nCov-IHR_Ship_outbreak-2020.1-eng


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Vietnam

All Ports
Update: 05/08/2020

Crew Changes
Restrictions: Conditional

Entry visa for all foreigners are suspended:

  • all Vietnamese incoming passengers are isolated either at home or medical centers.
  • all foreign crew changes are impossible at this stage.
  • Disembarkation can be arranged for Vietnamese crews provided the followings:
  1. Disembarkation applications must be submitted to local authorities 8 – 10 days prior to the vessel arrival to obtain the approvals. ISS Vietnam will work with local authorities to convince for the approval.
  2. The involved crews must take the medical isolation in 14 days in light of local regulations. Isolation cost will be absorbed by the crews (not be free as before).
  3. The vessel will have to drop anchor at anchorage area nominated by local port authorities for the disembarkation. Owners will have to pay all related costs for the inward/outward vessel clearance.

We have smoothly handled some cases in Vung Tau (South Vietnam).

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

The Covid-19 outbreak is getting more serious in Vietnam, especially in Da Nang – the largest city in Central Vietnam. For the first time since the beginning of Covid-19 pandemic, there were 6 deaths in the last week, social distancing measures are implemented in some major cities of the country e.g. Da Nang, Hoi An, Ban Me Thuot, etc…

In the shipping industry, there are 5 crews on M/T Gas Texiana being positive with Covid-19 tests, the pilot taking care of M/T Gas Texiana is suspected to suffer from Covid-19, too. 

The quarantine procedures are very strict in all ports of Vietnam. Crew changes are strictly banned and crews are not allowed to go ashore.


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Yemen

All Ports
Update: 03/08/2020

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 vessels are applicable basis arrival at Yemani Port except for Container and essential food products. Enclosed the instructions received from the council management dated July 13th 2020 declaring the exemptions of vessels from the 14 days quarantine the vessels that carries essential needs products like food , containers. And this is according to the last meeting done on 27th June 2020 , Copy of this addressed to the concerned departments and to take effect from July 13 2020. 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 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


Related notices
Yemen - Quarantine Period_ مستند جديد 2020-07-15 14.10.45
Yemen _Exemption of Commercial ships


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