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Quarantine for cargo vessels
Sunday, March 22, 2020, India

Based on the latest Circular issued by the D G Shipping in India, all vessels arriving from COVID-19 affected countries need to wait to complete 14 days’ mandatory quarantine before they are accorded permission to berth and to undertake further mandatory screening procedures, in order for final clearance to be given to begin cargo operations.

If any vessel needs to berth immediately on arrival/before completing the mandatory 14 days of Quarantine; they will need to comply with all requirements. If they do comply, the Port Health Officer / Quarantine authorities will carry out mandatory screening procedures. Thereafter, and only if everything is found to be in order – the vessel may begin cargo operations.

Meanwhile, the Port of Singapore is no more considered a restricted or affected country and the Indian authorities have removed it from the list.

Vessels picking up bunkers from Singapore and heading for India will be eligible for berthing, on arrival, provided, no crew change is carried out from Singapore.

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

Domestic logistics, international freight forwarding & customs
Sunday, March 22, 2020, Philippines

GAC Philippines Inc. is of some relief to say that, after the sudden stop to our logistics operations due to the imposition of the Enhanced Community Quarantine for the whole of Luzon including Metro Manila, we have gradually regained our operational footing – for both domestic logistics, and international freight forwarding and customs brokerage.

GAC Philippines Inc. prides itself a “pharma” logistics expert at our core. In this time of great concern and confusion due to the lockdown, we have endeavored to support those who need us the most – our medical frontliners who risk their lives every day and the general Filipino public that counts on them. Rest assured, our logistics personnel on the ground – are own frontliners – heeded the call of duty as volunteers, and above all as dependable professionals… …we are working to provide them with the Emergency Staff Support – such as lodging and/or transport, food, and hazard pay, etc. – for them to be able to do the vital task at hand, as safely as possible.

…Our focus presently is to service to the best of our abilities our Principals in the medical and pharmaceutical sector, food and agriculture, energy and oil and gas, as well as those with critical air and sea shipments. To this end, our logistics operations managers are accessible for any logistics inquiries through: logistics.philippines@gac.com

Meanwhile, ship agency, shipping services, and vessel operations for Luzon ports continue…

…Our GAC colleagues in Manila continue to support our Principals, while observing home quarantine. Our Cebu, Davao, and CDO branches remain open…

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

Source: Extracts from Business Advisory to Principals and Business Partners dated 20 March 2020

Complete closure of airport
Sunday, March 22, 2020, Trinidad & Tobago

At midnight tonight (22 March), the Government of Trinidad & Tobago will completely close the airport to both nationals and non-nationals.

This will affect crew changes, as no-one will be permitted to enter the country at the airport or disembark from vessels/rigs. No shore leave is being granted.

For information about operations in Trinidad & Tobago, contact GAC Trinidad & Tobago at trinidad@gac.com

Denial of permission to land
Sunday, March 22, 2020, Japan

Japan’s Ministry of Justice is denying permission to land to the following foreigners, unless the circumstances are exceptional.

Foreigners who have stayed in any of the following cities/provinces/regions within 14 days prior to the application for landing:
– People’s Republic of China: Hubei Province, Zhejiang Province
– Republic of Korea: Daegu-guangyeok-si, or Cheondo-gun, Gyeongsan-si, Andong-si, Yeongcheon-si, Chilgok-gun, Uiseong-gun, Seongju-gun, Gunwigun in Gyeongsangbuk-do
– Islamic Republic of Iran: Gilan Province , Qom Province, Tehran Province, Alborz Province, Isfahan Province, Qazvin Province, Golestan Province, Semnan Province, Manzandaran Province, Markazi Province, Lorestan Province
– Italy: Veneto Region, Emilia-Romagna Region, Piedmont Region, Marche Region, Lombardy Region, Aosta Vlley Region, Trentino-South Tyrol Region, Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region, Liguria Region
– San Marino: whole country
– Swiss Confederation: Canton of Ticino, Canton of Basel-Stadt
– Spain: Chartered Community of Navarre, Basque Autonomous Community, Community of Madrid, La Rioja
– Iceland: whole country

Foreigners who have Chinese passports issued in Hubei Province or Zhejiang Province in the People’s Republic of China.

Foreigners who were on the cruise ship, Westerdam, departed from Hong Kong.
As regulations/restrictions may vary, it is highly recommended to ask GAC Japan when planning proceed crew changes etc.

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

Libya, Qatar & Russia listed as restricted countries
Sunday, March 22, 2020, Turkey

Turkey has added Libya, Qatar and Russia to its list of ‘restricted countries’ in terms of COVID-19, bringing the total number to date to 71.

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

Additional border controls
Sunday, March 22, 2020, Singapore

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has on today (22 March) announced additional border control measures to reduce further importation of COVID-19 cases.

Effective 2359 hours tomorrow (23 March), all short-term visitors will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore.

Due to the latest border restriction, we recommend that vessel owners, operators and manning offices reconsider their crew change plans in Singapore and best to put them on hold at this point of time until the situation improves both in Singapore and globally.

Vessels are still permitted to enter Singapore port limits to carry out their intended operations such as cargo operations i.e. terminal loading, discharging, bunkering and storing of provisions/stores.

Vetting inspectors and shore technicians from Singapore are also permitted to attend vessels at Singapore anchorage for inspection, servicing or repair of equipment on board but this is subject to their own discretion.

Malaysians with Singapore work permits will continue to be able to work in Singapore during this period, with appropriate accommodation arrangements. The transport of all types of goods between Malaysia and Singapore will also be facilitated.

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

Quarantine & emergency measures
Sunday, March 22, 2020, Argentina

The Argentine Pilotage Chamber has advised that, from 0000 hours on 24 March, all vessels proceeding from Brazil and Chile must comply with a 14-day corresponding quarantine period as established by the National Government along with Sanitary Authorities.

Ports in Brazil & Chile are considered as affected areas with exponential risks to spread Covid-19.

This will cause delays/logistic changes in line-ups/commercial drawbacks depending on vessels’ last known port of departure prior to entering Argentine jurisdiction.

(For information about operations in Argentina, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Agencia Maritima Internacional S.A., Argentina – GAC agent

Island-wide curfew extended
Sunday, March 22, 2020, Sri Lanka

There has been an extension on the previously declared island-wide curfew in Sri Lanka.

The curfew imposed in the areas surrounding Colombo Port (Colombo, Gampaha and Puttalam Districts) has been extended until 6.00am on Tuesday 24 March, after which it will be re-imposed at 2.00pm on the same day.

The curfew in the rest of the country, including the ports of Galle, Hambantota and Trincomalee, will be lifted at 6.00am tomorrow (Monday 23 March) and re-imposed at 2.00pm the same day. The curfew in these areas will be in force until 6.00am on 24 March.

Notice regarding the imposing of further curfew in all districts will be notified later.

The Government has declared 20-27 March as “work from home” for the workers in public and private sector, in order to minimize the risk of COVID-19 in the country. The authorities have ensured continuous supply of essential services during this period.

For information about operations in Sri Lanka, contact GAC Sri Lanka at srilanka@gac.com

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