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Hot Port News from GAC




Sri Lanka

Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India


North West Australia, Australia

PCR test & quarantine requirement
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Turkey

Flights from the United Kingdom, South Africas, Denmark and Brazil – considered ‘risky’ countries due to the new coronavirus variant – have been suspended. Anyone entering Turkey who is coming from or has been in these countries in the last ten days must hold a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before boarding the flight.

Even if PCR test is negative, these people will be quarantined for ten days in Turkey in locations determined by governorship. After 10 days in quarantine, a PCR test will be taken and it the result is negative, the passenger will be released.

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

Multinational Offshore COVID-19 Treatment Centre
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Sri Lanka

A Multinational Offshore COVID-19 Treatment Centre (MOCTC) will be established and positioned off the Port of Galle by 16 February 2021.

The MOCTC will accept and treat COVID-19 afflicted seafarers from any vessel passing Sri Lanka, and after full recovery they can be repatriated or released to join another vessel. Clinical management and treatment at the facility will be carried out by a government approved and accredited private hospital. The MOCTC will consist of 40 beds and 6 ICU beds for treatment initially, and capacity will be increased depending on further demand.

Treatment will only be provided on a membership basis. To become a member of the MOCTC, ships need to pay USD 1000 per month payable 3 months in advance. Further, COVID-19 infected Seafarers of those ships obtained membership will be provided at an all-inclusive rate of USD 350 per day per seafarer. A certificate will be issued for the seafarer upon full recovery. Disinfection of the parent vessel is also included for the membership.

The medical management of the treatment centre will be carried out by a leading Pvt. Hospital in Sri Lanka, with Australian Council of Health Care Standards International (ACHSI) accreditation. The hospital is also certified with Integrated Management System (IMS) consisting of (ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001: 2015, ISO 45001:2018, ISO 15189:2012 & SLS 1672:2020).

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

Dismantling of old RMQCs
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India

JNPT has started on site dismantling work of old RMQC-10, 11 & 12 at Shallow Water Berth (SWB) w.e.f. 27/01/2021. The dismantling work is expected to take around 45 days. During the dismantling work, vessels will be berthed only at one berth i.e. at SWB-03.

Also, during hot work, no liquid cargo vessels can be berthed at SWB03. JNPT will take all necessary steps to accommodate all the liquid cargo vessels in transit and destined to JNPT. However, there may be some delays in berthing of liquid cargo vessels as all the vessels have to be accommodated at BPCL Liquid Cargo Terminal.

All are requested to take note of the above and plan liquid cargo vessels accordingly during the period of dismantling of cranes.

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

Source: Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) Trade Notice dated 1 February 2021

Call for strict adherence for safe crew change protocols
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, Singapore

The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has further enhanced the safety measures for crew changes in Singapore and have published Port Marine Circular (PMC) 5 of 2021. MPA would also like to take this opportunity to share some cases of non-compliance to the crew change requirements in Singapore.

There was a case of an on-signer who has recovered from COVID-19 and arrived in Singapore within 21 days from the day he was initially tested positive. During the crew change application phase, neither the shipping company nor local agency informed MPA that the on-signer was a recovered personnel despite the guidelines mentioned in both the PMC and online application platform to submit documentary proof of the earliest diagnosis of COVID-19 should there be any sign-on application made for recovered crew.

MPA wish to highlight that the requirements for recovered crew in their PMC are in line with the guidelines from Ministry of Health Singapore whereby COVID-19 patients may still be infectious within 21 days from the date of initial infection.

There have also been cases of shipping companies and agencies submitting COVID-19 PCR test reports with positive results and requesting for MPA’s final no objection for crew who were tested positive to sign-on in Singapore. In some cases, the shipping companies and local agencies were unaware that the crew were tested positive until highlighted by MPA. MPA urge shipowners, shipping companies and agencies to be vigilant, be responsible and ensure that all required documents are checked thoroughly prior submission to MPA.

Investigation into all cases of non-compliance will be carried out and appropriate actions will be taken against anyone found to have breached the law while the shipowners, shipping companies and agencies were suspended from carrying out crew changes in Singapore until MPA could ascertain their compliance to the crew change requirements and conditions.

MPA would like to remind shipowners, shipping companies and agencies to be up to date with the latest crew change requirements in our PMC and crew change procedures and play their part to keep the Covid-19 situation under control in Singapore.

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

Source: Singapore Shipping Association notice dated 2 February 2021

Tropical low update
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, North West Australia, Australia

At 0800 hours local time today (2 February), the Tropical Low affecting the North West Australian coast was within 30 km of 22.0 degrees South, 116.1 degrees East , 110 km east southeast of Onslow and 270 km east northeast of Coral Bay, and moving west southwest at 20 km per hour. It is expected to continue moving over land parallel to the west Pilbara coast today and not reach tropical cyclone intensity until after it moves off the Ningaloo coast during Wednesday.

The Harbour Master at Port Hedland has advised that vessels were permitted to enter the inner anchorages from 1200 hours local time yesterday (1 February).

In the Inner Harbour, movement of small vessels is permitted as per their Safety Management System (SMS) and large vessels are permitted to enter the inner harbour (subject to prevailing weather conditions).

At Dampier, anchorages are open with caution. Vessels secured to moorings are clear to resume normal operations and movement of small vessels within the port is permitted.

The port of Yampi Sound was declared at ‘Open’ as at 0800 hours local time today (downgraded from ‘Prepare’).

The port of Port Walcott was declared at ‘Open with caution’ as at 08:00 hours local time today (downgraded from ‘Clear’). Berths will open when the wind, sea and swell are within berthing parameters, expected at approximately 2000hours local time.

The ports of Cape Preston, Varanus Island and Barrow Island were declared at ‘Open with caution’ as at 0800 hours local time today (downgraded from ‘Clear’).

The port of Onslow was declared at ‘Clear’ stage since yesterday but this may be downgraded this afternoon on advice from the Bureau of Meteorology.

The port of Carnarvon was declared at ‘Clear’ stage from 0600 hours local time today (escalated from ‘Prepare’ stage).

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

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