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Aden, Yemen



Motor Oil Hellas installations, Greece

World Holidays: 12-25 April 2020
Saturday, April 11, 2020, Worldwide

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following:
Sun 12 April – Easter Day
Mon 13 April – Easter Monday
Mon 13 April – Sinhala & Tamil New Year (Sri Lanka)
Wed 15 April – South Korea National General Election Day
Fri 17 April – Greek Good Friday
Sun 19 April – Greek Easter
Mon 20 April – Greek Easter Monday
Tue 21 April – Tiradentes Day (Brazil)
Thu 23 April – National Sovereignty and Children’s Day (Turkey)
Sat 25 April – ANZAC Day (Australia & New Zealand)

For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found at www.gac.com

Precautionary measures for arriving ships
Saturday, April 11, 2020, Aden, Yemen

Following the confirmation of one infection with COVID-19 in Yemen, the Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation yesterday (10 April) announced the following precautionary measures to be taken upon the arrival of ships to tackle the pandemic:

All ships are obligated to spray with sterilizers before entering port, to include spraying the deck, accommodation and the stairwell.

After that, the medical personnel will board the ship with camera and modern examination equipment for crew medical examination.

Ship’s certificates will be checked, followed by a report sent to the Executive Chairman of the Yemen Gulf of Aden Ports Corporation on the condition of the ship.

If the ship is found to be infected, it willbe directed to leave port immediately.

Ship’s ladder shall not be descended while ship at berth.

Ship’s crew shall not be allowed to land from ship to jetty.

Ships shall remain at anchorage for a week before they are allowed to enter port.

Dhows and sailing boats are banned from port entry.

Masks and gloves will be provided to all port workers and employees on a daily basis.

All port departments and buildings will be sprayed and sterilized.
In addition to the above, with immediate effect, passenger traffic and land transport has been suspended between Governorates.

For information about operations in Yemen, contact GAC Yemen at yemen@gac.com

Private aircraft operations between Karachi, Lahore & Islamabad
Saturday, April 11, 2020, Pakistan

The Government of Pakistan has decided to permit the operation of private aircraft between Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad Airports only, subject to compliance with relevant Standard Operating Procedures.

The suspension of International and Domestic Operations as effected vide earlier orders, along with relevant provisions therein, remain unchanged.

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

Self-isolation for all arrivals
Saturday, April 11, 2020, Greece

Until 12.00 hours local time on 20 April, people of any nationality arriving in Greece by any means and from any country (including those in the EU) must self-isolate for 14 days in a place which will be declared to the port, Security and Sanitary Authorities.

The declared place of confinement will either be the person’s permanent residence in Greece, or a temporary one (such a relative’s house, hotel, etc).

The time for self-isolation can be less than 14 days if the person stays in Greece for a shorter period and departs for abroad.

Employees in international services of road, air, and sea transportation, regardless of their nationality, are obliged to self-isolate for 14 days in areas inside the country (permanent or temporary residence) declared to the Authorities. In case that an obligation to conduct an international route while isolated rises, then the 14 days self-isolation is stopped. While in the case where a national route has to be carried out within Greece, then the self-isolation stops as long as 7 days’ confinement has passed.

Taking into consideration the fact that in many ports in Greece, people arrive from abroad by ship whose professional activity is not exempted by the published restrictive regulations, either to transit Greece in order to reach destinations abroad or to deliver products in the country, tracking where they will self-isolate will to be checked by the control bodies.

People arriving at Greek ports must provide the form to the Port Authority declaring their place of self-isolation if staying in Greece to be forwarded to the local security and sanitary authorities.

Two versions of the form are provided (in English and in Greek).

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

Source: Free translation of the Ministerial Decision D1a / 22261

Visitors to submit declaration for entry to terminal
Saturday, April 11, 2020, Motor Oil Hellas installations, Greece

The following instructions are in force for entry to Motor Oil Hellas (MOH) terminal since 9 April and until further notice:

Any inspector or technician that wishes to visit a vessel alongside or at MOH anchorage, is obliged to submit to Security Terminal Department, at least 24 hours prior to their arrival, the MOH VISITOR’S DECLARATION duly filled in, justifying the necessity of their visit and providing the requested information with personal responsibility.

Once the information provided is evaluated, the Terminal Department will reply informing whether the application for entry is accepted or rejected.

The following are exempted from the above:
– Cargo surveyors officially appointed by MOH commercial department
– Suppliers
– Port Authorities

To avoid any confusion, please submit the form via vessel’s agent.

Applications for entry by Cargo Superintendents have to be initially made with MOH commercial department via official line, so that application can be accepted.

You are requested to minimize the above visits in order to protect public health as well as the health of crew and terminal’s personnel.

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

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