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Hot Port News from GAC

28-May-2020

UPDATED STATUS OF CREW CHANGES
France

CANCELLATION OF QUARANTINE FOR VESSELS CALLING AT SHIPYARDS
Turkey

VISAS FOR SIGNING-OFF CREW FROM OUTSIDE EU
Belgium

UPDATED CREW CHANGE PROTOCOL DURING COVID-19
Gibraltar

NO SHORE LEAVE OR CREW CHANGES PERMITTED
Mauritius

CREW CHANGES NOT POSSIBLE, PORT CALLS SUBJECT TO APPROVAL
Yemen

BERTHING RESUMED
Buckeye Bahamas Hub Terminal, Bahamas

SEAFARERS EXEMPT FROM TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS
United Kingdom

Updated status of crew changes
Thursday, May 28, 2020, France

Changes have been made regarding the possibility of and requirements for crew changes at several French ports.

At Dunkirk and Calais, a new form is to be filled and carried by each crew allowing travels of seamen in France.

At Le Havre, Fos, Martigue, Lavera and Marseille, crew changes are possible for all nationalities. Crew changes are also possible at Rouen.

Crew changes are authorised at Nantes but may be affected by the closure of Nantes Airport, which may re-open on 8 June.

At La Rochelle, Pallice and Bordeaux, crew changes are possible subject to port authority approval. Bordeaux Airport will re-open gradually.

Crew changes are possible for Schenghen nationalities at Bayonne.

At Sete, crew changes are also possible, subject to flight availability at Montpelier Airport.

(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 – GAC agent

Cancellation of quarantine for vessels calling at shipyards
Thursday, May 28, 2020, Turkey

According to latest information from the Turkish Authorities, the 14-day quarantine restriction has been cancelled for vessels calling at Turkish shipyards.

From here on, vessels calling Turkish shipyard will be able to berth once the free pratique has been issued by the Turkish authorities, without waiting 14 days at the anchorage.

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

Visas for signing-off crew from outside EU
Thursday, May 28, 2020, Belgium

The Belgian immigration authorities have again started issuing Schengen-visas for off-signing crew members who are nationals of non-EU countries.

Crew arriving at the airport to join a vessel in Belgium must have a valid Schengen-visa.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Belgium, contact GAC Belgium at agency.antwerp@gac.com

Updated crew change protocol during COVID-19
Thursday, May 28, 2020, Gibraltar

Crew changes will be allowed by Gibraltar Port Authority [GPA] subject to compliance with the following measures:

Disembarkation:

OPL will now be allowed for disembarking crew.
Disembarking crew to confirm free of any symptoms for past 14 days – vessel’s master to provide official declaration.
Agent to arrange special transport provisions – transportation from Port to Airport/Hotel needs to be carried out in the ‘Dirty Vehicle’. Details of which can be found below.
Agent’s launch crew to avoid close contact with disembarking crew.
Hotel stays are allowed for a maximum of 10 days. Details of hotels which can be used can be found below.
Embarking Crew:

OPL will now be allowed for embarking crew.
Only designated hotels to be used where hotel stay is required. Details of hotels which can be used can be found below.
Agent to arrange special transport provisions – transportation from Airport/Hotel to Port needs to be carried out in the ‘Dirty Vehicle’. Details of which can be found below.
Agent launch crew to avoid close contact with embarking crew.
Travel Arrangements and Hotel Accommodation for Crew Members

All seafarer transportation needs to be carried out in ‘dirty vehicle’ For benefit of any doubt the use of dirty vehicles are those that adhere to the following conditions:
1. Capacity to transport 22 pax.
2. The driver is separated from the passengers by a compartment (no physical or airborne contact).
3. The vehicle is only used to transport seafarers.

Transportation of seafarers are 3rd party arrangements between the agent and service provider. Currently the following have adapted vehicles:
Persian Rose (contactable via email taxiassociation@gibtelecom.net)
Calypso
Blands Travel

The GPA is to be copied into any transport arrangements on the emails above provided.

As from Monday 27 May 2020, hotel accommodation for sea fearers has been extended up to 10 days maximum. The following hotels are designated hotels for seafarer transfers:
1. Rock Hotel
2. Holiday Inn Express
3. EliottHotel
4. Caleta Palace Hotel

The accommodation of seafarers is a 3rd party arrangement between the agent and service provider. The GPA is to be copied into any accommodation arrangements.

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

Source: Gibraltar Port Authority Port Circular No.17 of 2020 dated 26 April 2020

No shore leave or crew changes permitted
Thursday, May 28, 2020, Mauritius

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the Mauritius Ports Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Health worked out guidelines and procedures for entry of vessels in the Port prior to authorising operations on board…

…Among the main measures in the guidelines, it was stressed that:
(1) There will be no shore leave for the crew members and they will have to be confined to their vessels when cargo operations are taking place.
(2) No crew change will be entertained until further notice.
(3) In the case of receiving a report of a sick crew member on a vessel, clearance from the Port Health Authority which is based in an office at J.H Nagdan Hall, Quay C and operating on a 24 hour basis would be required…

…Authorisation of Health Authorities shall be formally obtained prior to access to any Terminal or vessel for the movement of any crew member in or out of the port for any reasons whatsoever, including on ground of medical emergency…

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

Source: Port Master communique

Crew changes not possible, port calls subject to approval
Thursday, May 28, 2020, Yemen

All airports in Yemen are closed, and no crew changes are possible at any of the country’s ports.

The Port Authority of Yemen has taken COVID-19 protective measures for vessels calling at Yemeni ports, as follows:

Aden/Mukalla: Upon arrival of all vessels at Aden Anchorage, the Port Health’s doctor will attend onboard and examined all crew member. After inspection, the doctor will give written permission to the port authority for the ship to berth.
The final discussion is subject port authority approval.

Hodeidah/Saleef: All vessels arriving at Hodeidah/Saleef Anchorage must stay for 14 days in quarantine, then be allowed to berth, subject to Port Authority & Port Health permission.

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

Berthing resumed
Thursday, May 28, 2020, Buckeye Bahamas Hub Terminal, Bahamas

Following an improvement in weather conditions, Buckeye Bahama Hub Terminal has resumed berthing vessels at the outer jetties. Once last vessel are all fast, pilots will revert with confirmed port open time.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the Bahamas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Elnet Maritime Limited – GAC agent

Seafarers exempt from travel restrictions
Thursday, May 28, 2020, United Kingdom

The UK Government has updated the information on the new travel restrictions and most importantly on exemptions. It is confirmed that seafarers have been exempted, as detailed at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules/coronavirus-covid-19-travellers-exempt-from-uk-border-rules

GAC UK has requested some clarification from Border Force on the below:

Does the exemption extend to vessel crew working on windfarms (specifically those within the 12NM limit)?

How will this affect personnel like technicians who fly in from a foreign airport who need to make repairs/modifications to vessels while they are in port? For the exemption for Specialist Technicians, will a proof letter be required from the vessel owners stating the Technician is critical to the operation of the vessel?

If crew members are flying home from another country via the UK, there is an exemption for airside transit passengers. If that transit runs into the next day for next leg of flight home how will this work? Will crew have to remain, even if for a prolonged overnight period?

Will the form that needs to be completed for the passage of crew into the UK be completed upon arrival in the UK or prior to travelling? Where can this form be found?
GAC UK will provide updated information as the above questions and other points are clarified.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the UK, contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

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