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Hot Port News from GAC

03-Mar-2020

KING GEORGE DOCK LOCK CLOSURE
Hull, United Kingdom

PRECAUTIONS FOR AIRLINES TO PREVENT COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Saudi Arabia

SMART NAVIGATION SYSTEM TESTS & MANOEUVRES OFF RAFFLES RESERVED ANCHORAGE
Singapore

COVID-19 MEASURES
Taiwan

COUNTRIES REMOVED FROM RISK LIST
Turkey

ADVANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR CALLING VESSELS
Lome, Togo

TRAVEL & VISA RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO COVID-19
Cochin, India

INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR PASSENGERS AND CREW
St Petersburg, Russia

DISEMBARKATION OF PERSONNEL
Sri Lanka

King George Dock lock closure
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Hull, United Kingdom

The King George Dock lock will be closed to all shipping between 1900 and 0500 hours, for essential works, from Monday 16 March through to Friday 20 March.

For information about operations in the United Kingdom, contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

Precautions for airlines to prevent COVID-19 outbreak
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Saudi Arabia

Some mandatory preventive measures have been added for airlines coming to Saudi Arabia from countries where several cases of this virus [COVID-19] have been detected.

Instructions:

Suspending entry to the Kingdom for the purpose of Umrah and visiting the Prophet’s Mosque temporarily.
Suspending entry into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for only passengers coming from countries in which the spread of the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a danger (China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iran, Italy., Korea (Rep.), Macao (SAR China), Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Philippines, Singapore, India, Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Somalia and Vietnam).
– This applies for Tourism visa only.
Nationals of the GCC countries are no longer allowed to enter Saudi Arabia with a national ID card. They must travel with their passports except for passengers entered the country with their national ID and they are wishing to return to their home country.
Passengers who have been in China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep.) and Macao (SAR China), in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Saudi Arabia.
Aircraft crew of national carriers will be allowed to enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia regardless of their nationalities.
Any transit passenger who had been in one of the 25 countries mentioned in this circular in the last 14 days is not going to be allowed to enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Any transfer passenger who had been in one of 25 countries mentioned in this circular in the last 14 days is not going to be allowed to enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Any passenger who has a valid residence permit in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia even if he does not spend 14 days outside of infected countries can enter the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is subjected to examination at ports.
All passengers are responsible for returning their Umrah passengers at the specified time of departure.
(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Saudi Arabia, contact GAC Saudi Arabia at dammam@gac.com)

Source: Saudi Arabia General Authority of Civil Aviation Circular

Smart navigation system tests & manoeuvres off Raffles Reserved Anchorage
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Singapore

From today (3 March) to 06 March, smart navigation tests and manoeuvres are being carried our off Raffles Reserved Anchorage (ARAFR).

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.012 of 2020 dated 2 March 2020, the works are being conducted from 0800 to 1845 hours daily 2020, within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 11.364’N / 103 deg. 46.801’E
2) 01 deg. 10.735’N / 103 deg. 47.222’E
3) 01 deg. 09.704’N / 103 deg. 45.433’E
4) 01 deg. 10.352’N / 103 deg. 45.015’E

Craft will be conducting smart navigation system tests and manoeuvres during the stated period in the working area. The activities will be suspended during the movements of Very Large Crude Carriers to SHELL Single Buoy Mooring.

A safety boat will be deployed to warn other craft in the vicinity of the working area.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and comply with COLREGs;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control);
and
e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

COVID-19 measures
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Taiwan

Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Center has listed below countries for travel notice warning as of 1 March 2020:

Level 3 – WARNING: Avoid all unnecessary travel
– China (including Hong Kong and Macao), South Korea, Italy and Iran.
Level 2 – ALERT
Japan, Singapore
Level 1 – WATCH
Thailand
According to harbour immigration policy, no shore pass will be issued for vessels with previous port calls to “country with travel notice level 3” in the previous 14 days.

Foreign crew (excl. China/Hong Kong/ Macau) who are qualified to apply for landing/shore, ship owner or master must provide the documents in advance for crew shore pass application:
a) Port call record for previous 14 days
b) Daily record of crew body temperature (must be approved/stamped by Taiwan Centers for disease control).
c) “Novel Coronavirus prevention Health Declaration Card” – for travel history and health condition

After the vessel berthed, the captain should take the body temperature measurement of the all crews and fill up a health declaration card. The agent will take a review immediately. If there is a check on the suspected symptoms and PRC travel history, should report and notify the Center for Disease Control (CDC) immediately.

In case there is crew with suspicious symptoms of 2019 n-Cov, body temperature exceeding 38°C, should report immediately to the officials. Requesting for entry due to medical attention required, the entry permit allowance will be determined case by case by both the Immigration office and Quarantine officers.

Inbound passengers are required to accurately fill out and submit the health declaration card. Any person who provide inaccurate information, or refuses, evades, obstructs abovementioned measures shall be fined NT$10,000 up to NT$150,000.

For further details and updates, and information about operations in Taiwan, contact GAC Taiwan at taiwan@gac.com

Countries removed from risk list
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Turkey

As per the latest information from Turkey’s authorties, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapre have been removed from the list of countries considered to be at risk with regards to COVID-19.

The Risky Countries list now contains:

Japan
China
South Korea
Iran
Italy
If a vessel called at a port in a risky country in the last 14 days, they can do below listed operations without boarding agent’s physically boarding the vessel:
1. Delivery of provisions, spares, etc.
2. Crew Change
3. For offsigners, embarkation date and place should be declared on crew change. Technicians’ embarkation remains restricted.

After 15 days boarding the vessel can be possible after getting necessary permission from related parties.

If one of the risky countries is in the last 10 port call within last 14 days, the vessel must send following documents:
– Last 10 ports of call
– Latest Crew List (including joining date/time and port for all crew members)
– Maritime Declaration of Health
– Crew body temperature list (should be measured just 24 hours prior to arrival Turkish Straits)

An original copy of the above mentioned documents should be signed & stamped and handed to agency boat.

For information about operations in Turkey, contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

Advance requirements for calling vessels
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Lome, Togo

From today, Tuesday 3 March, all vessels calling at Lome offshore and in port must send following documents at least 72 hours prior to arrival:
– Crew list must state crew embarkation port/Country and date.
– Maritime Declaration of Health
– Last 10 ports of call.

Porth Health will attend vessels coming from ports/countries affected by COVID-19, to disinfect the vessel before any other persons may embark to carry out their assigned jobs and off-sign any crew transiting from Lome port.

This inspection may cause some delay to vessel berthing operations.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Togo, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at hub.ae@gac.com)

Source: OMA Togo – GAC agent

Travel & visa restrictions related to COVID-19
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Cochin, India

With regard to travel and visa restrictions related to COVID-19, the following advisories are issued for immediate implementation:

1. All regular (sticker) Visas/e-Visa (including VoA for Japan and South Korea) granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan and issued on or before 03.03.2020 and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended with immediate effect. Such foreign nationals may not enter India from any Air, Land or Seaport ICPs. Those requiring to travel to India due to compelling reasons, may seek fresh visa from nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.

2. Regular (sticker) visa/e-Visa granted to nationals of Peoples Republic of China, issued on or before 05.02.2020 were suspended earlier. It shall remain in force. Such Chinese nationals may not enter India from any Air, Land or Seaport ICPs. Those needing to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.

3. Regular (sticker) visas/e-Visas granted to all foreign nationals who have travelled to Peoples Republic of China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan on or after 01.02.2020, and who have not yet entered India stand suspended with immediate effect. Such foreign nationals may not enter India from any Air, Land or Seaport ICPs. Those requiring to travel to India under compelling circumstances may apply for fresh visa to nearest Indian Embassy/Consulate.

4. Diplomats, officials of UN and other International bodies, OCI cardholders and Aircrew from above countries are exempted from

such restriction on entry. However, their medical screening is compulsory.

5. All foreign and Indian nationals entering into India from any port are required to furnish duly filled self declaration form (including personal particulars ie phone no. and address in India) and travel history, to Health officials and Immigration officials at all port.

6. Passengers (foreign and Indian) other than those restricted, arriving directly or indirectly from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Singapore and Taiwan must undergo medical screening at port of entry.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com)

Source: Cochin Seaport Notice No.01/FRRO/CSP/2020 dated 3 March 2020

[Please note that visas granted to nationals of Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan issued on or before 3 March and who have not yet entered India, stand suspended with immediate effect.]

Information required for passengers and crew
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, St Petersburg, Russia

In accordance with World Health Organization recommendations and Russian Sanitary Authorities orders, besides the general and standard info about the ship and crew health condition, previous ports of calls etc., all ships calling to St. Petersburg must furnish to the Sanitary Authorities information about crew and passengers of the following citizenship:

Australia
Belgium
Cambodia
Canada
China
Filipin
Finland
France
Germany
Hong Kong
India
Italy
Japan
Macau
Malaysia
Nepal
Singapore
South Korea
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sweden
Thailand
UAE
UK
USA
Vietnam
if they boarded the ship less than 15 days before arrival at the port of St. Petersburg.

Should the vessel fail to provide this information or has a crew or passengers from the above listed countries who have been on board less than 15 days, the ship may be refused Free Pratique and permission to enter the port. The ship will be shifted to the anchorage point No.5 for a 14 days’ quarantine. All crew and passengers will be examined by Sanitary Doctors and will be tested for COVID 2019.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Russia, contact GAC Russia at russia@gac.com

Disembarkation of personnel
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Sri Lanka

Local authorities in Sri Lanka have stepped up procedures to mitigate the spread of same in the country.

Any vessel which has called at a Chinese or South Korean port in the past 14 days and which intends to disembark crew, sea marshal or other personnel in Sri Lanka must provide their ETKT (Electronic Ticket) within just 7-8 hours from the intended time of disembarkation in order to obtain necessary permission from authorities.

Such disembarking personnel are not permitted to remain in Sri Lanka or stay in accommodation (hotel/villa) or deviate from the usual route to the airport. They must be dropped directly to the airport upon disembarking vessel for repatriation.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Sri Lanka, contact GAC Sri Lanka at srilanka@gac.com

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