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31-Mar-2020

MEDICAL EXAMINATION OF SEAFARERS & SEAFARER’S MEDICAL CERTIFICATE
Singapore

COMPULSORY DISINFECTION
Derince, Turkey

COVID-19 MEASURES AT PORTS
France

CLOSURE EXTENDED
Yemen

UPDATED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Australia

CREW CHANGES
Australia

STOP PAPER TRANSACTIONS
Oman

CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) UPDATE
Canada

PILOTAGE PRECAUTIONS DUE TO COVID-19
Tees and Hartlepool, United Kingdom

TABLE OF DUES
Shetland Islands, United Kingdom

FREE MOVEMENT OF GOODS
Sindh Province, Pakistan

LOCKDOWN DUE TO COVID 19
Accra & Kumasi, Ghana

EXEMPTIONS OF PENALTIES & FORCE MAJEURE
India

INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS HALTED, TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
Kazakhstan

Medical examination of seafarers & Seafarer’s Medical Certificate
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Singapore

Every seafarer working onboard Singapore Registered Ships shall hold a valid seafarer’s medical certificate. A seafarer’s medical certificate shall follow the requirements of minimum information to be provided in the certificate as set out in the STCW Convention 1978, as amended, and the medical standards set out in the IMO’s circular STCW.7/Circular 19. These standards should also meet the requirements as prescribed in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), 2006.

MPA accepts valid seafarer’s medical certificate issued by the following medical practitioners:
a. Registered medical practitioners licensed to practice in Singapore and familiar with the guidelines on the medical examination and certification of seafarers. The list of registered medical practitioners in Singapore is given in the website http://www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg; or
b. Medical practitioners recognised by an STCW State Party in the “IMO White List”. Please refer to the updated revision of the IMO document MSC.1/Circ.1163/ for the latest “IMO white list, as the list is updated from time to time; or
c. A medical practitioner recognised by an MLC State Party and familiar with the guidelines on the medical examination and certification of seafarers; or
d. Any other medical practitioners that are accepted by the Director.

Part 3 of the guidelines on the medical examination and certification of seafarers provides the necessary information needed in a medical assessment and the seafarer’s medical certificate to be issued to seafarers.

Recognised medical practitioners are required to use the format when issuing seafarer’s medical certificates. They are also required to retain records of medical inspection of seafarers for at least 3 years.

Seafarer’s medical certificates shall be valid for not more than 2 years or not more than 1 year in the case of a seafarer under the age of 18 years. If a seafarer’s medical certificate expires in the course of a voyage, then the certificate shall remain valid until the next port of call.

There are three (3) categories of seafarer’s medical certificates which may be issued to the following persons:
a. able to perform all duties worldwide within designated department (unlimited); or
b. able to perform some but not all routine and emergency duties or to work in limited area (e.g. within 30 miles from a port) (L – limited duration or R – limited job scope); or
c. incompatible with the reliable performance of routine and emergency duties safely or effectively (Temporary or Permanent – unfit for sea service).

A seafarer who has been refused issuance of a seafarer’s medical certificate or has a limitation imposed in his certificate, may appeal to the Director of Marine for a review by another independent medical practitioner.

Ship managers and masters should ensure that seafarers are only deployed to perform duties for which they are medically fit. For example, only seafarers who are fit for the deck department – (i.e. comply with requirements for eye-sight, colour vision and hearing) should be permitted to perform bridge watch keeping or lookout duties.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Shipping Circular No.5 of 2020

Compulsory disinfection
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Derince, Turkey

From today (31 March), all vessels calling at Derince Safi Terminal must be disinfected.

The tariff for this compulsory disinfection will be as follows, charged to each vessel until further instructions:
0-5000GRT: USD 500 USD
5001-10000 GRT: USD 700
10001-15000 GRT: USD 1000
15001 GRT and above: USD 1500 USD

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

COVID-19 measures at ports
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, France

At French ports, in case of a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 as per Maritime Declaration of Health done by master prior vessel’s arrival, following ARS instructions in accordance with the Harbour Master. Unless stated otherwise, there is currently no curfew or quarantine.

The latest updated status of ports in France is as follows:

Bayonne
Check 10 last port and crew members nationality. If any problems (ARS/DML will take decisions).
Crew members must stay on board during the call.
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.

Bordeaux
Crew members to remain on board during the call (except for security & safety needs linked to vessel’s activity).
In case of suspected or confirmed case as per Maritime Declaration of Health done by Master prior to vessel’s arrival, await ARS & CCMM instructions.
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.
Crew must stay on board at all times during the call.

Brest
Visits to vessels reduced to minimum. Seamen’s Club closed until further notice.
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.
Crew changes not possible for any crew nationality. Crew must stay on board at all times during the call.
Stevedores working only in normal hours 0800-1200 & 1400 – 1800 except for containers ships.

Calais
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.
Crew change no longer possible for extra Schengen nationalities.

Corse
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.

Dunkirk
Pilotage service only from “Dyck zone” / no more (dis)embarking from E12 or roads.
Personnel of Rubis terminal will not board vessels.
Crew change no longer possible for extra Schengen nationalities.
Crew must stay on board during the call and avoid crew change.
Limit as much as possible boarding of shore personnel.
Temperature check, if possible, for of all boarding personnel (crew, shore staff, etc.).

Fos / Martigue / Lavera / Marseille
Vessels not authorised to stay at anchorage between 0001 and 0700 hours local time.
Pilotage services not available between 2300 & 0500 hours local time. Not possible to serve more than 8 ships in Marseille and 4 in Fos simultaneously.
Strict precautionary measures at Lyondellbasell, Petroineos and Fluxel terminals.
Marseille: Crew members to stay on board at all times.
Fos Cavaou – Tonkin: Access on board reduced to minimum.
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.

La Rochelle / Pallice
In case of Maritime Declaration of Health done by master prior vessel’s arrival positive vessel will remain at anchorage, awaiting ARS instructions.
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.
No more crew change accepted.
Deliveries reduced to minimum.
Mooring men will not perform any crew change on roads with their launch.

Le Havre
Boatmen launch service suspended.
Alkion terminal: no more deliveries authorised except for food.
CIM terminal accepts only 2 vessels simultaneously.
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.

Lorient
“Coronavirus” local questionnaire and Maritime Declaration of Health done by master prior vessel’s arrival.
Crew members must stay on board during the call.
From 17 March, stevedores and crane drivers only working on AM shifts (06h00-13h00).
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.

Montoir /Donges/Saint Nazaire/Nantes
Further to Maritime Declaration of Health done by master prior vessel’s arrival, vessels will be questioned further by VHF before berthing – Loire port control will request if any sick crew on board.
Crew change only possible for EU/Schengen/UK natonalities.
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.
Donges Terminal: contacts reduced to minimum, personnel to wear masks/gloves and documentation will be exchanged via a watertight bag.
Nantes airport is closed. Crew changes are impacted.

Nice / Toulon
Cruise vessels/ferries not authorised at Nice.
Maximum 100 passengers per ferry authorised at Toulon.

Rouen / Port Jerome / Honfleur
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.
SEAtank Terminal Loading Master not boarding vessels anymore.
Rubis Terminal personnel boards vessels but stay on deck. All documentation done ashore.
Crew change forbidden at Rouen.

Saint Malo
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.
From 20 March, pilot serving vessels only one at a time.

Sete
Dry bulk cargoes operations performed 0600-2100 hours local time. Liquid cargoes working normally.
Cruise vessels/ferries carrying more than 100 passengers not authorised until 15 April.
Crew must stay on board at all times during the call.

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

Source: SEA-Invest Shipping Agency, France – GAC agent

Closure extended
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Yemen

Yesterday (30 March), Yemen’s Supreme National Emergency Committee to face COVID-19 agreed to extend the closure of the country’s land, sea and air outlets for a further period of two weeks starting from tomorrow (1 April).

Commercial shipping and humanitarian assistance, with the necessary measures taken for medical examination, are excluded.

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

Updated travel restrictions
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Australia

Since 25 March, the Australian Federal Government has introduced travel restrictions preventing Australian Citizens travelling overseas.

This restriction does not apply to:
– Persons ordinarily resident in a country other than Australia;
– Airline and maritime crew and associated safety workers;
– Persons engaged in the day to day conduct of outbound and inbound freight;
– Persons whose travel is associated with essential work at offshore facilities; and
– Persons travelling on official government business, including members of the Australian Defence Force.

For information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Crew changes
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Australia

For crew changes in Australia, the situation remains unclear.

The Federal Government has imposed border restrictions and the requirement for self-isolation for all personnel coming into Australia from overseas.

The Government does not want to restrict trade, and recognises Maritime industry is critical to this. As such ship’s crew are exempt from some of the restrictions, and the requirements for self-isolation have been modified in a way to still allow the transit of crew to and from the vessel in Australia.

However, several State Governments, local Port Authorities and/or terminals have imposed their own restrictions or alternately appear to be making their own interpretations of the Federal and State legislation. It is therefore not possible to give a blanket yes or no answer as to whether crew changes can be affected in Australia at this stage.

GAC Australia advises that crew changes should not be considered for Australia at this time unless absolutely necessary. If absolutely necessity, or in the case of extenuating circumstances, please check with us and to enable checking on a case-by-case basis.

For information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Stop paper transactions
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Oman

The Ministry of Transport calls upon port operators, shipping lines companies, freight agents and workers in the logistics sector to stop paper transactions and provide services Logistics electronically, each in its specialization according to the following:

Stop issuing the paper delivery order and start applying the issue and receipt of the electronic delivery order (e-Delivery Order) by shipping companies, freight forwarders and port operators.

The release of the electronic delivery order by the shipping lines companies and freight forwarders without requesting the paper bill of lading and only electronic copies.

Stopping all manual payments in the auditor services offices in the operating companies of ports, shipping offices and freight forwarders, and providing alternative to electronic payment.

Providing the Cargo Release Order – CRO – with the port operators electronically and stopping the paper handling.

Stopping auditors’ halls and offices for port operators, shipping companies and freight forwarders to provide their services remotely via electronic means.
(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Oman, contact GAC Oman at muscat@gac.com)

Source: Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Transport Circular dated 29 March 2020

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) update
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Canada

Transport Canada (TC) continues to monitor the evolving threat of the COVID-19, both internationally and nationally, with a view of mitigating this threat to Canada’s maritime transportation system.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and public health authorities of local jurisdiction are leading the response to the current COVID-19 public health event. Transport Canada is supporting the response in the marine transportation mode.

While in transit from international or foreign waters and upon arrival at the first Canadian port of call, vessels with presumptive or confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be dealt with by the PHAC.
Once a vessel has arrived at its first Canadian port of call – or for a Canadian registered vessel engaged on a domestic voyage, the management of any subsequent presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19 would be led by the public health agency of local jurisdiction…
…TC has created a website that provides updates on transportation-related measures it has taken in response to COVID-19 https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/initiatives/covid-19-measures-updates-guidance-tc.html

Operation of Vessels in Coastal Waters – Foreign Flagged ships and Canadian Flagged Vessels on International Voyages

As per the Quarantine Act, prior to arrival of a vessel at its destination in Canada, the vessel operator must inform a quarantine officer, or cause a quarantine officer to be informed if any person, cargo or other things on board the conveyance could cause the spreading of a communicable disease (such as COVID-19).
Foreign and Canadian flagged vessels are to pay particular attention to ensuring that all required components of the 96 Pre-Arrival Information Report (PAIR) and 24 Hour Report are completed in accordance with section 221 of the Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR).
Reporting of illnesses aboard a vessel to the PHAC should be made through the existing PAIR reporting process to Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS).
Based on that information provided, PHAC will provide follow-on direction to the vessel.
In the event that PHAC determines a crew member or passenger onboard a vessel to be at risk, notification will be provided to other (this may include but is not limited to the CBSA, CCG, TC Marine Safety, and appropriate pilotage and port authorities).
Should a vessel have an ill or symptomatic crew member or passenger after having arrived in Canada, Masters should inform the appropriate local health authority and the ship’s agent for further direction.
Ships’ agents are asked to inform the applicable pilotage authority of the state of the ship’s health when requesting pilots for harbour movements or for the outbound passage.
Vessel Masters with crew members and passengers symptomatic of the Coronavirus are to advise Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security following transmission of the 96 hour PAIR.
Anyone who had close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days. Self-isolate means that, for 14 days, they need to:
– Stay at home (or aboard vessel) and monitor yourself for symptoms, even if mild
– Avoid contact with other people to help prevent transmission of the virus at the earliest stage of illness.
Operation of Vessels Entering Internal Waters from International Voyages (for example, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River)

As per the Quarantine Act, prior to arrival of a vessel at its destination in Canada, the vessel operator must inform a Quarantine officer, or cause a Quarantine officer to be informed if any person, cargo or other things on board the conveyance could cause the spreading of a communicable disease (such as COVID-19).
For those voyages of foreign and Canadian flagged vessels requiring a PAIR report, this that shall be in accordance with section 221 of the MTSR.
Reporting of illnesses aboard a vessel to the PHAC should be made through the existing PAIR reporting process to Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS).
Based on that information provided, PHAC will provide follow-on direction to the vessel.
In the event that PHAC determines a crew member or passenger onboard a vessel to be at risk, notification will be provided to others (this may include but is not limited to the CBSA, CCG, TC Marine Safety, and appropriate pilotage and port authorities).
Should a vessel have an ill or symptomatic crew member or passenger after having arrived in Canada, Masters should inform the appropriate local health authority and the ship’s agent for further direction.
Ships’ agents are asked to inform the applicable pilotage authority of the state of the ship’s health when requesting pilots for harbour movements or for the outbound passage.
Anyone who had close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days. Self-isolate means that, for 14 days, they need to:
– Stay at home (or aboard vessel) and monitor yourself for symptoms, even if mild
– Avoid contact with other people to help prevent transmission of the virus at the earliest stage of illness.
Vessels Engaged on Domestic Voyages in Canada

Prior to embarkation at sea or alongside, the vessel operator is to inform the appropriate local or provincial health authorities and the vessel’s agent of crew members and passengers displaying an illness symptomatic of COVID-19 on board.
Vessel Masters with crew members and passengers displaying signs and reporting symptoms of a suspected infectious disease are to also notify Marine Communications and Traffic Services, pilotage authorities, port authority, and marine facility operators.
Anyone who had close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19 must self-isolate for 14 days. Self-isolate means that, for 14 days, they need to:
– Stay at home (or aboard vessel) and monitor yourself for symptoms, even if mild
– Avoid contact with other people to help prevent transmission of the virus at the earliest stage of illness…
(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Canada, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from Transport Canada Special Marine Security Notification No: #2020-006

Pilotage precautions due to COVID-19
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Tees and Hartlepool, United Kingdom

Due to the ongoing situation with regards to COVID-19, the following advice should be followed to assist in the safeguarding of vessels’ crews and Tees Bay Pilots when the vessel is under the act of pilotage…

Ensure that the requirements of Notice to Mariners No.19 of 2020 are adhered to.

Wherever possible, the route from the pilot embarkation point to the wheelhouse should be via open deck, as opposed to within enclosed spaces.

Ensure only essential personnel are present when accepting the Pilot and on the Bridge during the act of pilotage.

No handshakes.

Prior to the Pilot boarding, ensure the Bridge is cleaned with suitable disinfectant solution.

Every crew member who enters/leaves the Bridge should wash their hands thoroughly.

If possible, have a supply of hand sanitiser on the Bridge. Each member of the Bridge Team should use hand sanitiser frequently.

It is recommended not to eat on the Bridge during the act of pilotage.

Wherever possible, observe UK government guidelines with regards to social distancing whilst on board – this requirement should be included in the Master/Pilot Exchange.

Bridge to be well ventilated at all times during the act of pilotage.
(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the United Kingdom, contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com)

Source: PD Teesport Limited Notice To Mariners No.20 of 2020 dated 30 March 2020

Table of Dues
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom

The Shetland Islands Council has released a Table of Dues to be levied at all its piers, harbours and terminals from tomorrow (1 April).

For details of the news dues, as well as information about operations in the United Kingdom, contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

Free movement of goods
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Sindh Province, Pakistan

The Government of Sindh has allowed free movement of goods to ensure availability of essential items throughout the province/country.

It is therefore clear that the transport of goods from warehouses, where such products are stored, can be collected and transported for subsequent distribution at destination/storage/sale points, etc.

However, officials concerned are to ensure that the individuals involved in these activities adhere to the guidelines on social distancing and adopt precautions against Corona Virus spread with respect to goods and themselves while travelling, working and meeting people as per Orders/Directives issued by the Government of Sindh, from time to time.

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

Source: Government of Sindh Home Department Notice dated 30 March 2020

Lockdown due to COVID 19
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Accra & Kumasi, Ghana

The Ghanaian authorities announced a lockdown in the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area and the Greater Kumasi Metropolitan Area from 01:00 (local time) on 30 March 2020 for a period of 14 days.

Accra Kotoka International airport and Tema port are within the lockdown areas but along with their stakeholders are still allowed to operate for cargo only. Takoradi port is operating normally, although no movement of persons are permitted.

Oil and Marine Agencies Ghana Ltd would like to inform its principals, partners and stakeholders that, as port and airport stakeholders, we are still operational during the COVID19 Pandemic.

(For information about operations in Ghana, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at hub.ae@gac.com)

Source: OMA Ghana – Principals, Partners, Stakeholders Advisory dated 30 March 2020

Exemptions of penalties & Force Majeure
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, India

The Ministry for Home Affairs, Government of India, issued an order on 24.03.2020 to impose lockdown for a period of 21 days to contain COVID-19.

Further, an addendum [was issued] giving exceptions to the operations of seaports for cargo movement and inter-state movement of goods/cargo for inland and exports to ensure regular supply of goods in the country…

…However, given the nationwide lockdown, there is an inevitable impact in the form of delays in evacuation of cargo and inability to fulfill obligations by various parties/stakeholders due the effect on the downstream services.

Major Ports are directed that:
(i) each Major Port shall ensure that no penalties, demurrage, charges, fees, rentals, are levied by the Major Ports on any other port used (traders, shipping lines, concessionaires, licensees, etc) for any delay in berthing, loading/unloading operations or evacuation/arrival of cargo caused by the reasons attributable to lockdown measures from 22 March to 14 April 2020.
(ii) Therefore, each major Port shall exempt or remit demurrage, ground rent over and above the free period, penal anchorage/berth hire charge and any other performance related penalties that may be levied on port related activities including minimum performance guarantee, wherever applicable…

…The COVID-19 pandemic can be considered as a ‘natural calamity’ that would entitle invocation of ‘force majeure’ provisions in as much as obligations in all respects.

Major Ports are directed that:
(i) The period for completion of any project under implementation in PPP mode or otherwise, can be extended by the Ports.
(ii) For existing and operations PPP projects, the Major Ports can permit waiver of all penal consequences on a case-by-case basis along with deferment of performance obligations as per relevant provisions of Concession Agreement.
(iii) The period of Force Majeure starts form the date of order of Ministry of Finance referred above and will end when the competent authority so orders…

(For information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from the Indian Ministry of Shipping guidelines to major ports dated 31 March 2020

International flights halted, travel restrictions
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Kazakhstan

The Kazakh authorities have announced that from tomorrow (1 April), there will be no international flights from either Nur-Sultan or Almaty airports.

Most foreign national are not allowed to enter the country. Further, due to several major cities, including Nur-Sultan and Almaty, being in lock-down due to the coronavirus restrictions, residents of Kazakhstan are currently restricted from travelling within the country.

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

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