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Hot Port News from GAC


Hong Kong


Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka


Papua New Guinea
Maintenance works at Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal and Ferry Pier
Monday, April 20, 2020, Hong Kong

For approximately 8 months, maintenance works under the pier deck of Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal (TMFT) and Tuen Mun Ferry Pier (TMFP) [are being] carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 22.330’N / 113 deg. 57.984’E
(B) 22 deg. 22.252’N / 113 deg. 57.960’E
(C) 22 deg. 22.260’N / 113 deg. 57.929’E
(D) 22 deg. 22.338’N / 113 deg. 57.954’E

One work boat is employed for transporting construction materials to and from the TMFT and TMFP from time to time.

The hours of work are from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works are carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessel employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Vessel engaged in the operations display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and at slow speed.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong, contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No. 57/2020

COVID-19 requirements
Monday, April 20, 2020, Ukraine

Currently, quarantine is effect in Ukraine and all restrictions are in accordance with quarantine regulations.

Requirements for vessels calling at Ukrainian ports are:

Crew members will be checked on arrival by sanitary authorities
Crew members’ shore leave suspended until further notice
Crew change for foreign citizens suspended until further notice
All international flights and international passenger transport have been suspended until further notice.

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

Curfew relaxation
Monday, April 20, 2020, Sri Lanka

The curfew in all other districts except the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kandy, Kegalle and Ampara has been lifted at 5.00am today (20 April) and re-imposed at 8.00pm on the same day. Thereafter, the curfew in these districts will be effective only between 8.00 pm to 5.00am every day until further notice.

In the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam (excluding few Police Divisional areas), the curfew will be lifted at 5.00am on Wednesday 22 April and re-imposed at 8.00pm daily. Thereby the curfew will be effective only between 8.00 pm to 5.00am every day.

Movements between districts will not be allowed except for essential services including office work.

Once the curfew is relaxed, state entities, private organizations and banks are expected to operate with a limited work force, strictly following the Coronavirus prevention measures.

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

Sea marshal operations
Monday, April 20, 2020, Sri Lanka

Sea marshal operations are permitted in Sri Lanka under the following conditions:

Foreign sea marshals are allowed to embark/disembark but should ONLY be accommodated in a centralized accommodation approved by Sri Lanka Navy and related authorities.

Arrival of sea-marshals to the country via airport is not possible, as all international airports in Sri Lanka continue to be closed for inbound international commercial passenger flights.

Departure of sea-marshals via airport would be permitted under Naval supervision/escort for specific destinations to which departure flights are available.

Sri Lankan sea-marshals may be used for transits upon completion of a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days (from the date of disembarkation), under the observation of Sri Lanka Navy.

Connecting / off-landing of weapons and related equipment by the agent (without sea-marshals) is currently permitted.
Due to COVID-19 measures, the status quo remains for crew change in Sri Lanka and airports continue to be closed for arrivals until further notice.

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

Non-crew persons onboard
Monday, April 20, 2020, China

According to a new regulation in force for China, vessels may not have persons other than ship crew onboard, and the Master must sign a declaration confirming the same. Otherwise, the vessel will not be permitted to call at a port in China.

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

Direction for international ships & ports facilities
Monday, April 20, 2020, Papua New Guinea

All international ships’ first port of call will be the four listed below:
a. Port of Port Moresby,
b. Port of Lae,
c. Port of Madang, and
d. Port of Rabaul.

There will be no shore leave by crew of all international vessels and voyage calling into all PNG Ports and port facilities.

There will be a suspension of crew change in all PNG ports facilities for foreign crew.

No crew is allowed on the quayside of PNG port facilities.

No personnel form the portside are allowed on board any international vessel apart from those performing statutory function and relevant stevedores who must be in PPE.

All statutory function undertaken by receiving PNG port personnel should be done strictly with the PNG Department of Health guideline and appropriate PPE.

All cruise vessels and super yacht and any passenger movement via any sea craft are banned from entering any PNG port or port facilities.

All log ships and log ponds must sign a Declaration of Security (DoS) for loading at the log ponds, including port facilities occasioning used for serving international vessels.

Contactless stevedoring including segregation of ship’s crew and shore personnel during loading and unloading must be strictly observed.

All shipping documents must be electronically dispatched where possible.

Any person on any vessel who decides to disembark will have to undergo a 14 day mandatory quarantine in a facility nominated by the Controller.

PNG port facilities cover PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) ISPS Port facilities, Private ISPS Port Facilities and facilities occasionally serving international vessels under a Declaration of Security (DoS). Deliberate failure to comply with this Direction and Notice is a breach of this regulation and can warrant a fine of up to K50,000.00 for individuals and up to K500,000.00 for companies or jail time for offending individuals.

(For information about operations in Papua New Guinea, contact the GAC Singapore Hub Agency Centre at hub.sg@gac.com)

Source: Papua New Guinea Joint Task Force National Operations Centre 19 Notice & Direction dated 18 April 2020

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