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07-Jan-2021

AMENDED HEALTH PROTOCOL
Port Louis, Mauritius

COVID-19 UPDATE: PHILIPPINES
Philippines

COMMISSIONING OF NEW JETTY
Vizakhapatnam, India

Amended health protocol
Thursday, January 7, 2021, Port Louis, Mauritius

The Government of Mauritius has advised that entry to passengers from the UK and South Africa or those who have transited through these countries during the last 15 days is prohibited until 10 January 2021.

Amended protocol for vessel operations in Port Louis has been published.

All Agents will have to submit the following information by email to port-ho@govmu.org 24 hours before the arrival of any vessel at Port Louis harbour:

     i.            The Maritime Declaration of Health;

   ii.            Port of calls;

  iii.            Crew list, which shall include last crew change date;

 iv.            Any shore leave in the last ports;

   v.            A report, which includes a list of all crew members with their body temperature just before the report's delivery;

 vi.            In case of crew change during the last 14 days, any results of PCR test for COVID-19 and any undertaking by ship Master.

Green light will be granted on condition that the information provided satisfies the Port Health Authority, including no crew change or shore leave during the last 14 days prior to ETA and the vessel will be allowed to enter port limits for free pratique.

Green light will not be granted to vessel where there is crew change without a negative PCR COVID-19 test at most five days prior to embarkation on the vessel or shore leave in the last 14 days prior to ETA.

Green light can be granted to vessel where there is crew change with a negative PCR COVID-19 test at most five days prior to embarkation on the vessel and the crew must have boarded the vessel directly from the airport.

Green light can be granted to vessel where there is crew change with a negative PCR COVID-19 test at most five days prior to embarkation on the vessel and the crew did not board the vessel directly from the airport, provided the said crew remain confined on board and segregated from the other crew. In such case, the Master of the vessel must take a written undertaking that said crew had been effectively segregated from the other crew and the undertaking must be forwarded the Port Health Authority during request for green light.

Boarding of vessel

Boarding of the vessel for free pratique will be carried out outside harbour by Port Health Authority only. A service boat shall be provided by agent to the Port Health Authority to clear the vessel outside harbour. The service boat operators shall comply fully with all precautionary measures related to COVID-19 including wearing of face mask.

During boarding of the vessel, all crew members shall wear face masks and rubber gloves. Temperature of all crew members will be taken and recorded on the arrival crew list. If the Port Health Authority is satisfied, free pratique will be given and order the ship Master on-board to lower the yellow flag. If the Port Health Authority is not satisfied and suspects an infectious disease on board, he/she will contact the Regional Public Health Superintendent on call for protocol COVID-19 to be initiated and maintained yellow flag, while vessel will remain outside harbour.

Once protocol is completed, free pratique will be given and yellow flag will be lowered. Harbour radio will be immediately informed of the time free pratique is granted. After Port Health Authority has completed all formalities and left the vessel, pilot will come on board to berth her.

Operations at berth

Vessel crew members will be required to remain in their rooms during operational activities, except those involved in specific activities such as unlashing of containers, connecting of hose and crane maneuvering. They should be equipped with the proper personal protective equipment (PPE).

Each vessel will have to assign a contact person to coordinate with the port staff. This contact person will be required to wear the proper PPE. Inoperative vessels at berth and anchorage will be required to lift the vessel ramp, gangway or pilot ladder.

During the vessel’s stay in the port, a representative must be appointed on behalf of the shipping agent / shipping company to ensure that the vessel’s crew remains on the vessel.

No shore leave/crew change will be allowed for crew members.

For vessels servicing outer islands, only Mauritian crew members may have shore leave or be allowed to sign off, whereas foreign crew members may only have shore leave. For other vessels, signing off only of crew members can be considered on a case-by-case basis provided they have a negative PCR COVID-19 test at most five days prior to signing off.

Shore leave or signing off for sick crew member requiring medical attention will be considered on a case-by-case basis on terms and conditions imposed by the Port Health Authority:

     i.            A Doctor of the Ministry Of Health and Wellness will visit patient accompanied by an officer of the Public Health and Authority.

   ii.            In case patient needs to be disembarked for further treatment, he must be admitted to a public hospital after authorisation from the Port Health Authority.

  iii.            The agency shall be responsible to arrange for the transportation of the patient from the vessel to the public hospital under the supervision of the Port Health Authority.

 iv.            The vessel will have to remain in port during treatment of patient in hospital.

   v.            After treatment of patient, the latter shall go back on board and leave with the vessel.

 vi.            In case patient needs a long medical treatment, vessel may leave port provided patient remains in hospital. In such case, once patient is fit to fly, he must be taken from hospital directly to airport under the supervision of the Port Health Authority to leave the country.

Stowaway or passenger will not be allowed to disembark.

With the exception of Port Authorities no ship chandler, visitors, agents, or surveyors will be allowed on board, except where specifically required and authorised. Only stevedores essentials for operations at berth will be allowed on board vessel and should be restricted to the minimum.

Sanitizer hand cleaner/hand washing facility shall be placed close to the gangway.

A foot dip containing a mat soak in 0.5% chlorine solution shall be placed at vessel access point.

Face mask/gloves shall be made available to those allowed on board of these vessels.

A distance of 2 meters to be imposed when working on deck between stevedores and crew members responsible for unlashing of containers.

Records of all those allowed on board should be documented (name, organization, home address, mobile number) and agent will have to submit the information by mail to the Port Health Authority before expected time of departure of the vessel.

Health of crew member of vessel at berth will be monitored daily by the Port Health Authority.

In case of receiving a report of a sick crew member on a vessel, the information should be forwarded to the Port Health Authority on 52517473/59436271.

Above measures can be amended anytime during implementation.

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

Source: Celero Shipping, Mauritius – GAC agent

COVID-19 Update: Philippines
Thursday, January 7, 2021, Philippines

Further to the Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated 5 January 2021 regarding the additional measures to be observed relative to the SARS-COV-2 Variant Detected in the United Kingdom, the travel restrictions have been updated as follows:

Inclusion of Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan, and Brazil among the countries/jurisdictions subject to travel restrictions.

Foreign passengers coming from or who have been to Portugal, India, Finland, Norway, Jordan and Brazil within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines shall be prohibited from entering the country with effect from 0001h 8 January 2021 Manila time until 15 January 2021;
Effective immediately, foreign passengers coming from or who have been to the aforesaid countries/jurisdictions within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, arriving before 0001h 8 January 2021 Manila time, shall not be prohibited from entering Philippines but shall be required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period notwithstanding a negative Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) result;
Effective immediately, Filipino residents coming from, or who have been to the aforesaid countries/jurisdictions within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, including those arriving after 0001h 8 January 2021 Manila time, shall not be prohibited from entering the country but shall be required to undergo an absolute facility-based 14-day quarantine period notwithstanding a negative Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) result; and
Filipino and foreign passengers transiting through the aforesaid countries/jurisdictions shall be covered by the rules as provided in paragraph II of the Memorandum from the Executive Secretary dated 31 December 2020.
Rules on incoming unaccompanied minor Filipino passengers

With effect from 0001h 8 January 2021, all unaccompanied minor Filipino citizens coming from countries/jurisdictions where travel restrictions are in place on account of the UK variant pursuant to the directives of this Office, shall not be allowed entry until 15 January 2021, except if such minors are returning through the repatriation programme of the national government. The repatriated minors shall be turned over to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration house parent who, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), shall ensure the minors’ safety and their observance of quarantine protocols.
All unaccompanied minor Filipino citizens who are not part of the repatriation programme of the national government, arriving prior to 0001h 8 January 2021, shall be turned over to an authorised DSWD officer who can similarly ensure their safety and observance of quarantine protocols
In view thereof, below are the supplementary guidelines in Immigration Arrival Formalities:

I. For arriving Filipino Nationals

Subject to the rule on unaccompanied minors below, all Filipino citizens shall be allowed entry.
Unaccompanied minors
With effect from 0001h 8 January 2021 until 15 January 2021, all unaccompanied minors from travel-restricted countries prior to 0001h 8 January 2021 shall not be allowed entry except those who are part of the repatriation programme of the national government, who shall be turned over to OWWA and the DSWD upon arrival in the Philippines;
With immediate effect, all unaccompanied minors who are arriving from travel-restricted countries prior to 0001h 8 January 2021 shall be allowed entry and turned over to the DSWD;
With immediate effect, all unaccompanied minors from non-travel-restricted countries shall be allowed entry.
All Filipino citizens allowed entry shall be subject to RT-PCR test, quarantine and isolation protocols issued by the DOH.

II. For arriving foreign nationals

Those coming from or who have been to the 27 travel-restricted countries (i.e. with immigration admission to said countries and not mere lay-over at the airport), within 14 days immediately preceding arrival to the Philippines shall not be allowed entry. The above prohibition to enter the Philippines shall apply to all foreigners regardless of their visa category, or previously issued endorsement or exemption from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) / privileges (under RA6768 / Balikbayan) during the duration of the travel ban, except those covered by the IATF-MEID Resolution N0.92 series of 2021.
Those who (a) transited or who have a layover at the airport of the 27 travel-restricted countries (layover only at the airport and with no immigration admission at said countries); and (b) those not coming from these countries may be allowed entry, provided they are authorised to enter the country through relevant resolutions of the IATF-MEID and subject to the RT-PCR test, quarantine and isolation protocols issued by the DOH.
Existing guidelines for arriving crew members shall still be observed.

All of the foregoing is without prejudice to the exercise of the mandate of the Bureau of Immigration in Arrival and Departure Formalities.

For further details or information about operations in the Philippines, contact GAC Philippines at philippines@gac.com

Commissioning of new jetty
Thursday, January 7, 2021, Vizakhapatnam, India

According to Trade Circular No. 1338 of issued by Traffic Department of Vizakhapatnam Port Trust, capacity augmentation work of the oil jetties is in progress for handling oil tankers carrying higher parcel size of cargo. The extended portion of the oil wharf, in continuation to OR-II i.e. OR-III, is now ready for commissioning by accepting tanker vessels for cargo operations. The pipelines, as well as firefighting equipment and other required facilities for the new wharf OR-III has been put in place. The following are the berth specifications of OR-III:

Length of the berth: 180 meters

Permitted LOA of vessels: 160 meters (max)

Width of the berth: 12.8 meters

Permissible draft: 11.0 meters

Beam of the vessel: No restriction

Dredge depth completed: (-) 12.10 meter CD

Fenders: Super cone type with frontal frames

Bollards: Stag horn type

Manifold connections: Ready from all OMCs presently operating at OR-I and OR-II berths

The said berth is capable of handling all types of compatible liquid bulk cargo traditionally being handled by the OMCs at the existing OR-I and OR-II berths.

Further, the capacity augmentation work of the OR-I berth has already been taken up in phases and with a view to take up civil work of the jetty face, the OR-I berth will be decommissioned and unavailable for berthing vessels and cargo operations with effect from 16 January 2021.

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

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