Coronavirus definition:

The virus was firstly detected in the central city of Wuhan, China. It causes a type of pneumonia and includes signs of infection including respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

In the first place, the World Health Organization alerts that the principles to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections:

  1. Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
  2. Frequent handwashing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
  3. Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
  4. People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands.

# Recommendations on how to stay protected from the virus

Therefore, in efforts to tackle the outbreak and protect shipping and seafarers from the virus, key players issued guidance on protection and combat of the virus’ spread.

Date Publisher Name of Publication Information
01 April 2020 IMO Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Preliminary list of recommendations for Governments and relevant national authorities on the facilitation of maritime trade during the COVID-19 pandemic IMO has advised that as governments around the world are implementing policies and measures to protect public health and address COVID-19, it is important that these are developed without the introduction of obstacles to ship and port operations.
30 March 2020 Paris MoU   Paris MoU has developed temporary guidance for its Member Authorities during the COVID-19 crisis. The guidance recognises that there is a need to apply flexibility under these special circumstances.
30 March 2020 MPA Singapore Crew change for cargo ships under special circumstances in the Port of Singapore, to minise risk of community spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Singapore This circular provides circumstances where crew will need to disembark or embark the ship.
30 March 2020 USCG COVID-19 – Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements USCG has issued new guidance to address all challenges facing employers to conduct mandatory drug testing during the COVID-19 pandemic response.
27 March 2020 UK Maritime Pilots' Association Pilotage Operations during COVID-19 Before boarding a vessel, the DfT advise that crew should be asked if they have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature. It is recommended that individual pilots should undertake this
themselves by VHF prior to boarding. If there is any doubt, boarding should be delayed.
27 March 2020 UK Maritime Pilots' Association Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Strategy for Maintaining Pilotage Operations Pilots should be vigilant and observe the highest precautions with their own health and to minimise exposure
whilst on board. This will include, no physical contact with crewmembers, observing a 2 metre distance separation whilst on board and only having essential crewmembers in the wheelhouse during the Act of Pilotage. The acceptance of food or drink whilst on board should be avoided.
19 March 2020 ANTARICA GROUP, Axis Ltd, GAC, PANDI Services East For the guidelines click here. Following the majority of the countries worldwide, Russia issued guidelines on how its shipping sector is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
19 March 2020 McLeans, Moroco   Passenger traffic is suspended to /from Italy, Spain and France since last week. 

For cargo ships up to now there is no general restrictions or quarantine however preventive measures have been implemented as per a note n° 7/2020 from Ministry of Equipment Transport & Logistic dated 14/03/2020 attached herewith (although in French).

Vessels shall remain at anchorage time for health authority entitled to deliver free pratique to evaluate the risks and fix the preventive measures to take for persons accessing the ship, in accord with port authorities;

After berthing no physical contact should be made with people from shore and crew members are not authorized to land excepted extreme urgency case and under the control of health authorities;
Pilot must be equipped with FFP2 mask and gloves when meeting the Master and crew who should also wear protection equipment;

The agent is the unique interface with the Master. He shall access on board after  withdrawal of crew members from gangway;

Official documents should be placed under plastic film and should be disinfected prior being remitted to authorities;

Local security committees may take additional measures in case of exceptional situation not anticipated in this note.

At Casablanca Port authority (ANP) issued a note on 16/03/2020 to the various stevedore companies referring to the note n° 7/2020 from Ministry of Equipment Transport & Logistic dated 14/03/2020 above and implementing additional preventive measures  such as:

  • Require for stevedore staff who has to board the vessel the use of protection equipment (gloves, bib, antiseptic solution)
  • Forbid any person acting as service supplier the board ships. Watchmen should exert their watch from shore; regarding collect of waste waters or oily waters the connection of hoses on vessel side must be done by the crew, solid wastes shall  be collected on shore
  • Require to raise the gangway after completion of administrative formalities.

As regard the surveyors access to Moroccan ports and ships although we have not been provided with official information in that respect for the time being there are no restrictions however surveyors should stay on board the minimum time necessary to perform their survey / investigation.

Situation in courts – The Ministry of Justice ordered on 16/03/2020 p.m. the suspension until further notice of the activity in Moroccan courts. Only the hearings in way of emergency proceedings and those in relation to criminal pending matters are maintained. Thus the pending cases before commercial courts are suspended as well as the introduction of new proceedings.

18 March 2020 IMO Circular Letter No.4221 The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued a circular including guidance from China on the prevention and control of COVID-19 on board.
18 - 17 March 2020 Kalimbassieris Maritime, MESCO, Eldib Advocates, EMCO Group For the guidelines click here. Egypt issued guidelines concerning the coronavirus pandemic, providing information and news on the port developments and guidelines that have been implemented.
18  March 2020 USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin 07-20 The US Coast Guard issued an updated marine safety bulletin concerning the COVID-19, focusing on the efficient implementation of port and facility operations.
18  March 2020 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Maritime Administration COVID-19 advice from maritime administration St. Vincent and the Grenadines Maritime Administration expressed that the COVID-19 pandemic could be a force majeure situation; Therefore, they issued guidelines to assist shipping owners, operators and recognized organizations on matters such as audits and seafarers certification.
17 March 2020 Transport Malta Merchant Shipping Notice 158 Transport Malta issues advice concerning the potential extension of sea service that may affect seafarers and the extension of validity of seafarers' certificates.
17 March 2020 IMO Circular Letter No.4204/Add.5 The guidance refers to all stakeholders advising the extension of seafarers' certificates.
17 March 2020 Australian Border Forces, Australia Australian Border Forces announcement The Australian Government announced that all persons entering Australia from 0001 AEDST 16 March 2020 must undertake a precautionary self-isolation period for up to 14 days upon entry to Australia, applying to vessels, as well.
16 March 2020 MPA Singapore Port marine circular 13 The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore issued an additional update concerning the mitigation of the COVID-19 spread, expanding its border restrictions.
16 March 2020 IBIA IBIA offers protective measures against COVID-19  IBIA offers advice to mitigate the risk of infection during bunkering operations.
13 March 2020 MPA Singapore, Singapore Port Marine Circular 11 Crew/passengers onboard all arriving vessels that have called at ports in mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, and Spain in the past 14 days shall remain onboard the vessels.

Crew/passengers with recent travel history to mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, and Spain in the past 14 days onboard all arriving vessels shall remain onboard during the vessels’ stay in port.

With immediate effect, Singapore will cease port calls for all cruise vessels.

 

13 March 2020 MPA Singapore, Singapore Port Marine Circular 10 Supersedes Circular 08 of 2020.

National Environment Agency’s (Port Health Office)  requirements to submit the compulsory Maritime Declaration of Health to the Port Health Office which are applicable for:

All arriving vessels with crew/passengers with recent travel history to mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, and Spain in the past 14 days; or
All arriving vessels that have called at ports in mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, and Spain in the past 14 days.

13 March 2020 Pinto Basto   Portuguese Government issue a statement informing that all passenger vessels will not be authorized to disembark any guests/crewmembers/staff. Licenses to go ashore also will not be granted.

Exception is made to Portuguese Citizens living in Portugal wishing to debark at our ports.

Cruise vessels still may call Portuguese ports and to carry on provisions, fresh water and other supplies, as well as to perform bunkering operations.

This containment measure will soon be in force and will be re-evaluated on 9 April.

13 March 2020 Pandiman Philippines Inc, Philippines Pandiman ALON Circular PANDIMAN PHILIPPINES Inc., P&I Correspondent in the Philippines informs that the Philippine health authorities have declared a Code Red sublevel 2 status in the country.

The government has now declared the whole of Metro Manila under a state of community quarantine starting 15 March 2020 until 14 April 2020.  During this period, land, domestic air and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila will be suspended, schools will be closed, government work in the executive department will be suspended (but will have skeletal force; likely to be adopted by the judicial department) and flexible working arrangements are encouraged to be adopted in the private sector.  While the agencies of the government are expected to provide guidelines on the implementation of the community quarantine, the situation will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.

In addition, there are separate requirements for cruise ships and cargo vessels, including cruise ships and cargo ships.

13 March 2020 Alejandro Vega, Argentina   Although the Argentinian Health Authorities have declared Argentina as a low-risk country, they have implemented effective as from 31 January, the obligation to include copies of the last 48 hours of ship’s medical logbook when requesting “free pratique” prior to ship’s arrival.

The Health Authority has also recommended to anyone to notify to National Boarded Authorities immediately if there is any suspicion that any crewmember or passenger on international voyages may have an infectious disease or any similar symptoms of the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV.

In those cases, the sanitary officers will provide the corresponding instructions however the people suspected must be isolated (on a cabin on board or a hotel at shore) and wait for instructions.
So far there are no restrictions for travelling or to trade.

As per new resolution issued by the Argentinian government, all transit, working & temporary visa applications from the following countries have been cancelled until further notice due to the outbreak of the COVID-19:

  • People Republic of China
  • Republic of Korea (South Korea)
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Japan
  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom
  • EU countries

The Argentinian Consulates located on those countries will not issue any working/transit and, specially, crew visas.

11 March 2020 Republic of Cyprus, Shipping Deputy Ministry, Cyprus Circular No. 05/2020 Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry issued a new circular, providing updates on precautions to minimize the disease's risks concerning seafarers, passengers and others onboard ships.
10 March 2020 O.F. Gollcher & Sons Ltd, Malta   As North Club reports, the Malta Freeport issued the following circular to ship agents at Malta on the 24th February 2020:

In view of the present situation evolving globally regarding the Coronavirus, as a precautionary measure Malta Freeport Terminals will be prohibiting with immediate effect the disembarkation of crew members from any vessel calling at Malta Freeport. The vessel crew is also required to self-isolate when possible. Furthermore with respect to ongoing operations, crew members must practice general infection and prevention advice when interacting with shore personnel and agency staff embarking the vessel. Such measures include social distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory protection in the form of masks. Crew members will only be allowed to disembark the vessel if they have been granted permission by the relevant authorities.

On 9 March, the following was sent by the Authorities in Malta to all service providers, ship agents and bunkering operators at Malta in respect of services provided outside Maltese territorial waters:

  • Port Health & TM Port Operations are to be provided with a pre departure notification, the latter to include details of operation (name of ship, scope of services)
  • Additional documentation to be forwarded together with pre departure notification:Maritime Declaration of Health of the ship requesting the service
  • Ports of call during the last 2 weeks of the ship
  • A clean health bill for any crew disembarkation, as long as they are not coming from any Covid-19 affected countries
  • Location for disembarkation of crew to be identified in advance.  Disembarking crew together with service launch/bunker barge crew are to be screened upon arrival by Port Health staff.

It is added that "Clearance outwards will only be granted following a written authorisation by Port health."

10 March 2020 Spica Services Indonesia, Indonesia   The Directorate General of Sea Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation (Seacom) informed that they are increasing surveillance of ships and their cargo from China that enter ports in Indonesia to anticipate the presence of the COVID-19.

It is therefore stated that

  • Every ship that enters Indonesia directly from China to be anchored in the quarantine zone for rigorous inspection by Port Health Office (KKP) officers.
  • Every ship is mandated to attach a voyage memo including the last 10 ports of call, when reporting the arrival of the ship to the KKP office at the port and if based on the last port the ship had stopped in China will be subject to strict inspection.
  • Quarantine period is 14 days starting from ship departure from China.

The Directorate General of Sea Transportation and KKP also informed about the installation of a thermal scanner to detect the increase in the body temperature of passengers installed in the arrival area at the port that serves international routes.

Any suspect who has contracted the corona virus, medical treatment and treatment will be carried out specifically according to the Standards and Procedures (SOPs) issued by the CTF.

09 March 2020 USCG, US Marine Safety Information Bulletin Following the COVID-19 outbreak, which now affects US states, The USCG issued an updated advisory to prevent the spread of the disease.
07 March 2020 Wilhelmsen agency, Korea   All vessels sailed out from Chinese port or have called any Chinese port for the past 14 days requires onboard quarantine inspection. Free pratique will only be granted after passing the inspection.

The following crew/passenger are restricted to enter KoreaAll Chinese seafarers with passport issued in Hubei province is prohibited to enter Korea

  • All valid Korean visa issued in Hubei province has temporarily lost its effect until further notice.
  • All foreigners that have visited Hubei province in the past 14 days is prohibited to enter Korea.
  • All foreigners transit without visa to Jeju Island in Korea has temporarily lost its effect
  • All crews (Chinese, Filipino, Indian) who intend to join/disembark to/from the vessel in Korea are allowed to enter Korea require a VISA.
  • Transit passengers without a VISA for Chinese and foreigners from China will not be allowed.
  • Hong Kong and Macau are now designated as countries affected by Coronavirus. Fever monitoring of all crew and crew members of vessels arriving from Hong Kong and Macau and a concentrated quarantine inspection for all crews and passengers will be conducted.
07 March 2020 Ins-Ship Aide Ltd, Korea   Generally, any delay or any problem from all open ports has not been lodged/reported yet.

  • The quarantine inspection is getting strong and tight for all vessels, and particularly for the vessels coming from the Chinese ports.
  • The quarantine officers are checking the body temperature to all crew members and all visitors.
  • In case of Pohang, the cargo operation was limited only to 0300 hours rather than 24 hours operation.
  • At the one of Korean inland cities, Daegu, the COVID19 is getting worse, but at the other Korean areas it is not bad with COVID19.
  • At the open and sea area, it is so safe from COVID19 and we are taking the mask in the room, office, bus, train and small/short space.

 

07 March 2020 Wilhelmsen Ship Agency, Israel   Vessels that have visited Chinese ports in last 15 days before arriving to Israel cannot enter Israel.

  • Each vessel must sent report to Ministry of Health of Israel before her arrival to Israeli port, stating that all crew and passengers are healthy and that the vessel didn’t visit China in the last 15 days.
  • The report must be approved by the Ministry of Health before her arrival to Israel. Without the approval, vessel cannot enter Israel.
  • Foreign travellers who visited in China in the last 15 days is not allowed to enter Israel
  • Foreign travellers who have the symptoms of the virus (fever, cough or shortness of breath) is not allowed to enter Israel, regardless how many days passed.

Haifa Port:

  • Vessels that arrive at the port and do not have people coming from countries for which the Ministry of Health has issued an alert (as of 2-Mar-2020) China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Macau, South Korea, Japan, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Austria – the ship can enter the port.

If on the vessel there are people that in the past 14 days, or the vessel has been in a port in the past 14 days, in one of the countries listed above, the vessel shall enter the port with the following restrictions:

  • Avoiding contact with the crew as much as possible.
  • The crew will be refused to enter the country, e.g. a complete prohibition on disembarking.
  • All workers (port and not-port workers) who board the vessel must have personal protective equipment which includes: Mouth/nose mask according to Ministry of Health spec. Gloves according to Ministry of Health spec.
05 March 2020 International Chamber of Shipping Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for Ship Operators for the
Protection of the Health of Seafarers
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) published new guidance for the shipping industry to assist combat the spread of the Coronavirus, including among several measures, advice on managing Port Entry Restrictions, practical Protective Measures Against COVID-19 for Seafarers, including an Outbreak Management Plan.
04 March 2020 Turkey, Metropole Maritime and Trading Ltd Co Circular The Turkish General Directorate of Health for Borders and Coasts have advised that vessels will not be able to call Turkey for 14 days following a call from a “contaminated country” regardless of city / port.
04 March 2020 Cayman Maritime, Cayman Islands Guidance 02/3030 The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry (CISR) published several guidelines, including a non- exhaustive list of scenarios and provided instructions for owners and managers who face such challenging issues due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
04 March 2020 Sengal, Ivory P&I   All vessels scheduled to call Dakar Port will now have send by email to the port authority (capitainerie@portdakar.sn) and the Health department (Sea border health control) (Csfmsn@gmail.com), latest 72 hours prior to arrival the following documents:

  • The list of the 10 previous port of call
  • The maritime health declaration
  • The crew list clearly stressing the date and port where each crew member boarded the vessel
04 March 2020 Singapore, MPA Singapore Circular No. 09 of 2020 The Authority announced the extension of precautionary measures to minimize the risk of community spread of the COVID-19 in Singapore.
04 March 2020 Italy, Samer & Co. Shipping   There are no limitations for vessels entering the ports of Trieste and Monfalcone.

The Trieste and Monfalcone Port Authority have issued a note dated 24 February 2020 which provides advice for vessels.

In case of coronavirus the vessel will remain at roads and the infected person will be disembarked by means of Harbour Master’s launch boat with health assistance on board.

Agents will board the vessels with masks and/or protectives suits.

25 February O.F. Gollcher & Sons Ltd   The Malta Freeport issued the following circular to ship agents at Malta on the 24th February 2020

In view of the present situation evolving globally regarding the Coronavirus, as a precautionary measure Malta Freeport Terminals will be prohibiting with immediate effect the disembarkation of crew members from any vessel calling at Malta Freeport. The vessel crew is also required to self-isolate when possible. Furthermore with respect to ongoing operations, crew members must practice general infection and prevention advice when interacting with shore personnel and agency staff embarking the vessel. Such measures include social distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory protection in the form of masks. Crew members will only be allowed to disembark the vessel if they have been granted permission by the relevant authorities.

In addition vessels are being requested to show the Yellow flag in accordance with the International Code of Signal to signify that the ship is healthy.

24 February 2020 Gulf Agency Company (Kuwait) Ltd  
  • Ministry of Communications General company of Ports for Iraq have informed all agents that Masters of vessels that have called at a Chinese port within the last 30 days before arriving in Iraq are requested to provide a statement 3 days before arriving in Iraqi territorial waters that crew onboard do not have any symptoms of corona virus (high temperature, sore throat, coughing or breathing difficulties).
  • If any such symptoms are noted, the Master should inform port authority prior to arrival and await further instructions.
19 February 2020 India   The Ministry of Shipping, India has issued a notice/memo that foreigners who have visited China on or after 15 Jan 20 will not be allowed to enter India from any Air, Land or Sea port.

Agents have been advising calling vessels to Paradip that:

  1. crew changes are not allowed
  2. shore leave will not be granted for crew of vessels that have called at China, South Asian countries and Australia.
  3. if vessel has Chinese crew that joined after 25 Dec 2019, the vessel must remain at anchorage for examination
  4. if suspected case of COVID-19 on board then the vessel must remain at anchorage for examination
19 February 2020 Mauritania, Ivory P&I   Before any entry of vessel in the port of Nouakchott (PANPA):

  • The origin and the last ten ports of call.
  • A health clearance and report of any seafarer embarked who became sick on board the ship within a period of 15 days before arrival of the ship at the port of Nouakchott.
  • Before any entry or exit of seafarers to embark or disembark on board/from the vessel of a passing vessel trough the focal point of autonomous port of Nouakchott (PANPA).
  • The visa of the last point of entry at the borders of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, for seafarers to embark.
  • The origin and the last ten ports of call.
  • A health clearance and report of any seafarer who became sick on board the ship and who has to be disembarked within a period of 15 days before arrival of the ship at the port of Nouakchott.
19 February 2020 South Africa, Shepstone & Wylie   Screening measures include:

  • Port Health officials must monitor all arriving conveyances from the affected countries and increase surveillance measures.
  • Upon arrival of the conveyance, Port Health officials must collect and verify the health documentation and interview the crew members/operators to determine if there is any sick passenger on board.
  • In addition to the routine interview of crew members/operators, Port Health officials must ask crew members questions specific to signs and symptoms of 2019-nCov.
  • If the Port Health official is certain that there are no sick passengers on board and all health requirements have been met, the passengers may be allowed to disembark.
  • All arriving passengers must be channelled through thermal processes.
  • Travelers found to have elevated temperature must be escorted to the Port Health clinic where available, for further examination and must be interviewed to determine their travel history.
  • Where a Port Health clinic is not available, Port Health must interview the traveller with elevated temperature to determine their travel history, record the details of the traveller and if required, transfer the traveller to the nearest health facility.
  • Travellers presenting with any of one of these symptoms; fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, sore throat, and weakness, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain and have travelled to the affected countries must be isolated and arrangements made for transportation of the traveller to the nearest designated health facility.

In the case of known and reported cases by vessels themselves, the procedure involves the following:

  • From an incoming vessel, a patient or other passengers (must) inform Captains/ and the crew must move the suspected patent to an isolated area, and the Captain must report illness to the harbour authorities.
  • The Captain or vessel agent must inform the Port Health Officers.
  • The Port Health officers must contact emergency Medical Services and the designated hospital for patient referral, as well as notify the provincial and/or district CDC.
  • The Port Health officer must facilitate assessment of a passenger(s) and contact the vessel prior to their departure from the harbour.
  • The CDC coordinator must monitor contacts utilising information provided by Port Health.
  • If close contacts develop signs and symptoms, they must be referred to designated health facility.
  • Where cleaning and/or disinfection is required, the Port Health office must inform cleaning/handling company and monitor the process.
13 February 2020 France   North Club issued Coronavirus situation in French ports:

  • Dunkirk: no specific measure has been implemented by the Port Authorities to date nor has any specific information been issued to the attention of local Agents
  • Le Havre: A “sanitary watch” has been ordered by the Harbour Master’s office, consisting in the obligation for Masters of vessels calling in port to notify immediately their Agent and fill in a “Déclaration Maritime de Santé” (DMS – health maritime declaration form) in case of any signs of pathology amongst the crew.
  • Rouen: A “sanitary watch” has been ordered by the Harbour Master’s office, consisting in the obligation for Masters of vessels calling in port to notify immediately their Agent and fill in a “Déclaration Maritime de Santé” (DMS – health maritime declaration form) in case of any signs of pathology amongst the crew.
  • Brest: No specific measure implemented in Brest to date. The Harbor Master has only asked Agents to pay specific attention to vessel with Asian crewmembers onboard or regarding crew changes with transits via Hong Kong or Singapore
  • Lorient: Agents have been asked to have all vessels calling fill in a questionnaire drafted by the local Port Authorities detailing crew movements for the past 14 days and enquiring about possible symptoms related to the illness (copy enclosed) + to hand out to all incoming vessels the “TRAVELLERS’ ADVICE” flyers issued by the French Ministry of Health.
  • Nantes/St Nazaire/Donges/Montoire: Agents have been asked to display and hand out to all incoming vessels the “TRAVELLERS’ ADVICE” flyers issued by the French Ministry of Health.
  • La Rochelle/La Pallice: Agents have been asked to notify the Harbor Master’s office of any incoming vessel with Chinese crew onboard or having called in a Chinese port over the last 15 days, in which case these vessels are compelled to fill in a DMS before they can get clearance to berth.
  • Bordeaux/Ambes/Blaye/Bassens: Agents have been asked to display and hand out to all incoming vessels the “TRAVELLERS’ ADVICE” flyers issued by the French Ministry of Health.
  • Bayonne: Agents have been asked to display and hand out to all incoming vessels the “TRAVELLERS’ ADVICE” flyers issued by the French Ministry of Health.
  • Sète: Agents have been asked to display and hand out to all incoming vessels the “TRAVELLERS’ ADVICE” flyers issued by the French Ministry of Health + to notify the Harbor Master’s office of any incoming vessel with Chinese crew onboard
  • Port-Vendres: no specific measure has been implemented by the Port Authorities to date nor has any specific information been issued to the attention of local Agents

Marseille/Fos/Lavera: Agents have been asked to display and hand out to all incoming vessels the “TRAVELLERS’ ADVICE” flyers issued by the French Ministry of Health.

10 February 2020 Hong Kong Shipowners Association   The Government has imposed a 14-day compulsory quarantine on all the people entering Hong Kong from the Chinese Mainland irrespective of their nationalities.

You may find the exemption arrangement under Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation here and the gazettal of the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation and Prevention and Control of Disease (Disclosure of Information) Regulation here.

10 February 2020 Nisomar Ltd., Kenya Public notice Kenyan Ports Authority has issued a note for Port of Mombasa for vessels that have called at China within last 14 days or crew that have travelled to China in last 14 days.

All vessels arriving from China must fill out Maritime Declaration of Health that states health status of crew.

Submit in advance:

  • crew list
  • a ‘voyage memo’ (voyage details to show vessel movements for last 14 days)
  • a valid ship control or exemption certificate
6 February 2020 Korean Register Notice of new Coronavirus (CoV) infection The notice includes the announcement made by the anti-epidemic task force in the area of Jingjinag-city, China.
6 February 2020 Korean Register   KR informs of restrictions concerning ships entering or leaving Taiwan:

  • Taiwan by inspector’s thermal regulation, coughing or breathing shortages, regardless of whether taking the medications for cough, etc., upon arrival Airport / shall notify the inspectors of the port immediately.
  • If a vessel has visited a Chinese port within 14 days, the crew cannot issue a landing permit.
  • Chinese crew cannot issue coastal passes by port authorities and does not grant landing permits to all Taiwan ports.
  • All Chinese Are refused to enter Taiwan at the airport
  • Foreigners who visit China within 14 days prior to entering Taiwan are not allowed to (Example: the crew change, CDI, checks, etc)
  • Hong Kong and Macao locals arriving in Taiwan are 14 should be under home quarantine for one or hotels.
6 February 2020 AIV Private Limited, Pakistan Travel Advisory for the prevention and control of novel coronavirus  Governmental department Port Health Establishment issued a travel advisory on 1 February that includes:

  • Vessels must submit a health declaration that there are no symptoms on board.
  • No crew disembarkation until clearance from Port Health is obtained.
  • Suspected infected vessels will be isolated at outer anchorages.

The Port Qasim Authority further requires that crew from foreign vessels are not allowed to disembark.

6 February 2020 Pandiman Philippines Inc Circular 2020-0034  The circular includes separate requirements to be followed by cruise ships and cargo vessels.
6 February 2020 Brazmar, Brazil Action to be expected of the Port Health Authority   Law firm SMA have provided advice on what to expect from Brazilian authorities should infection be suspected on board.
6 February 2020 Spica Services, Vietnam   For the time being, Vietnamese authorities haven't issued an official statement; Yet, North's correspondents report that:

  • In Vung Ang port located in Vung Ang Economic Freezone and Qui Nhon Port checks and restrictions have reportedly been put in place which mirror those in China. Crew may not be allowed off the ship but that the ship may call.
  • For the rest of the country, including Hongai, correspondents are not aware of any quarantine restrictions at this stage.
  • Flights to mainland China remain suspended.
  • Strongly recommend that any ships due to call Vietnamese ports liaise closely with their appointed agents as agents will have the most recent updates on the steps being taken in the specific ports.
6 February 2020 Spica Services, Thailand   Port Authority of Thailand requires the Master to complete and submit information 24 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival:

  • Information of conveyance (Tor.1 Form).
  • Maritime information of health via radio telegram (Tor.2 form).
  • Maritime declaration of health (Tor.3 form).
  • Last port of call / port clearance.

In case, the last port of call is China and departure was within 14 days, Quarantine Office shall also require the Master to complete their questionnaire prior to berthing of the vessel.

If crew has experienced any illness, fever or respiratory problems, quarantine officer may attend on board for investigation.

6 February 2020 Intermarc Services, Sri Lanka  
  • In addition to the routine declaration, all arriving vessels are required to declare details of all ports of call within the past 14 days.
  • Vessel masters are also required to provide a further health status on board declaration including health issues of crew and or flu like symptoms 12 hours prior to vessel arrival.
  • Vessels are also required to report on their onboard health status to Port Control at their first point of contact.
  • Health declaration forms have also been provided to all local agents to be passed on to calling vessels and is required to be completed and submitted to authorities for consideration.
  • It is mandatory for all crew and passengers landing ashore to fill out a Health Declaration Form for screening by health authorities. Any suspected patients or those with travel history to WHO categorized very high-risk countries within the last 14 days may not be provided with the relevant medical clearances by authorities.
  • Prior approval from authorities is required to be obtained for any crew changes.
  • Presently all port activities are ongoing as normal without any issues.
6 February 2020 Cameroon Public Notice No. 0455/20 A notice has been issued by the Port of Douala that advises of following measures to be taken:

  • Vessels from “countries at risk” must wait at base buoy for a minimum of 14 days before being allowed to proceed into the channel
  • After 14 days, port health service will board vessel at base buoy to consider clearance
  • Upon berthing, the port health service will be the first to board. Other administrations and services must wait for free pratique before boaridng
  • Deliveries to the vessel at base buoy is prohibited

Crew changes must be carried out under full supervision of port health service

5 February 2020 Bahamas Maritime Authority Technical alert Version No. 1.2 It provides information on the widely reported outbreak of novel coronavirus.
5 February 2020 MPA Singapore PORT MARINE CIRCULAR NO. 03 OF 2020 According to the circular:

  • All arriving vessels that have called at ports in China in the past 14 days;
  • All arriving vessels with crew/passengers who have travelled
    to mainland China in the past 14 days

should submit the Maritime Declaration of Health to the Port Health Office. 

4 February 2020 Aus Ship P&I Bulletin The bulletin is an addition to the existent one, with the Club informing that the Australian Government are implementing enhanced risk assessments on all international vessels calling into Australia.
4 February 2020 JF, Bangladesh, Ltd Circular The circular provides information on the measures taken for the utmost protection from the coronavirus.
4 February 2020 Spark International   For vessels arriving at Korean ports from or via China, the National Quarantine Station and related authorities have set up an enhanced screening measures for the crew onboard.

National Quarantine Station officers are boarding those vessels to check the body temperatures of each crew along with handing out questionnaires to be filled out personally by all crew members.

4 February 2020 Alejandro Vega   Health authorities require that when vessels arriving in Argentina from China or that have operated in a port of that country, photocopies of the last 48 hours of the Medical Record on board, as well as the latest body temperature report of crew members and passengers must be attached in Free Practique request in TAD System. (Distance Procedure System – Health Authorities electronic system).
3 February 2020 MPA Singapore Port Marine Circular No.02 Provides health advisory for;

  • operators, owners, masters, persons-in-charge and crew members of harbour and pleasure craft
  • shore personnel visiting ships alongside the wharves and at the anchorages
  • shipowners, ship managers, agents and masters of Singapore Registered Ships
3 February 2020 MPA Singapore Port Marine Circular No.03 Provides the National Environment Agency’s (Port Health Office) requirements to submit the Maritime Declaration of Health to the Port Health Office.
3 February 2020 Huatai Insurance Agency and Consultant Service Ltd Bulletin The Bulletin summarizes the protection and control measures implemented by the port Authorities of each major Chinese port.
February 2020 Hong Kong Marine Department Merchant marine shipping information note The purpose of this Note is to promulgate IMO Circular Letter No. 4204 on the precautions to be taken to minimize risks to seafarers, passengers and others on board ships from novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
2 February 2020 USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-20 The bulletin provides additional information and guidance to the maritime community regarding the current novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.
2 February 2020 Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry Circular No. 03/2020 The circular highlights that all owners and managers of ships flying the Cyprus Flag are strongly urged to promulgate information on the basis of IMO Circular Letter No. 4204 to ensure that seafarers, passengers and others on board ships are provided with accurate and relevant information on the coronavirus outbreak and on the measures to reduce the risk of exposure if they are likely to be engaged on ships trading to and from ports in coronavirus-affected States.
31 January 2020 Pandiman Philippines Inc Memo Philippine Ports Authorities (PPA) advise:

  • Ports remain open to all ships even from those originating from China and its Special Administrative Regions (SARs).
  • The only conditions are the non-disembarkation of vessel crew and no visitors allowed while docked in any PPA-controlled port or at anchorage.
  • Ships calling in the Philippines more than 14 days after calling out at a port in China or its SARs shall be allowed to dock without restrictions
January 2020 Liberia Maritime Authority MARINE ADVISORY: 03/2020 The Authority informs Shipowners/Operators/Recognized Organizations, Crewing Agents of the risks and challenges of the virus.
31 January 2020 Gibraltar Port Authority Coronavirus Declaration for-000156 The Declaration should be completed by every vessel that will call Gibraltar at either the  Western Anchorage, East anchorage, North Anchorage, any alongside berth, Quick turnarounds, medical disembarkations, OPLA and OPLB.
31 January 2020 USCG Delaware Bay Marine Safety Information Bulletin The bulletin highlights the measures that the ships calling the Delaware Bay should follow in case of any crew experiencing symptoms, also reporting of any symptoms concerning passengers or crew that may have departed the vessel.
31 January 2020 USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin MSIB 01-2020 This bulletin provides guidance on reporting any sick or deceased crew/passenger, informs of quarantine station points.
31 January 2020 Aus Ship P&I Bulletin The bulletin includes advises issued by the Australian Government on how to combat the spread of the virus.
31 January 2020 Brazmar Marine Services No 4/2020/SEI/GIMTV/GGPAF/DIRE5/ANVISA The bulletin highlights that any suspected cases should be treated in isolation and with use of surgical masks.
31 January 2020 Pandi Liquidadores S.R.L Circular 019/2020 Although Argentina remains a low-risk country, the country demands that any symptoms of infection or any similar symptoms with the virus should be reported.
31 January 2020 IMO Circular Letter No.4203 The circular provides information and guidance, based on recommendations developed WHO and the Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health, United Nations, on the precautions to be taken to minimize risks to delegates attending meetings at IMO following the recent outbreak of novel coronavirus.
31 January 2020 IMO Circular Letter No.4204 The circular provides information and guidance, based on recommendations developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), on the precautions to be taken to minimize risks to seafarers, passengers and others on board ships from the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
30 January 2020 Kuantan Port Authority Circular 01/2020 Kuantan Port Authority has issued port circular 01/2020 which provides measures in Kuantan Port. This includes:

  • At least 48h prior to arrival, agent to advise the authorities if vessel’s last three ports included a Chinese port
  • Screening at anchorage prior to berthing
  • Crew not allowed to disembark without permission from Medical Officer, even after screening
  • Crew with history of travel from, or passport issued at, Hubei Province will not be allowed to disembark
30 January 2020 United Arab Emirates Circular No (1) 2020 The circular notes that all the vessels that had visited any Chinese port in the previous 30 days, should provide a statement that crew have no symptoms.
29 January 2020 Inchcape Shipping Services, Kuwaiti port authorities   They issued a statement according to which all ship master’s coming directly or transiting China ports, are kindly requested to ensure to provide us a statement that no symptoms was observed such as high temperature, sore throat, coughing or breathing difficulties.
28 January 2020 Budd Group, France Circular (2019-nCoV)   The circular provides advice for those suffering from the symptoms of a respiratory illness.
27 January 2020 USCG New Orleans Marine Safety Information Bulletin, MSIB XX-20 The Bulletin advises that vessels calling within COPT will receive an email if the “Notice of Arrival’ declares that the vessel had called to China within last five ports of call.

Failure to report the above can lead to a civil penalty of up to $94,219.

 

 

# The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

The guidance is in line with WHO’s advice, informing that if the recommended measures are taken, there should be no ‘unnecessary restrictions of international traffic’.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) recently issued its recommendations in order to limit coronavirus's spread.# The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

The advice go as follows:

  • Exit screening at ports in the affected areas to detect symptomatic travelers and prevent the exportation of the disease. This includes checking for signs and symptoms and keeping confirmed cases under isolation and treatment.
  • Implementing health information campaigns to raise awareness on how to receive assistance if someone is showing symptoms.
  • Collaborating with public health authorities for case management on board ships, should a traveller with symptoms be detected.

As the coronavirus crisis continues, the International Chamber of Shipping published new guidance focusing on seafarers' health and protection, providing detailed advice on managing port entry restrictions and practical protective measures for Seafarers, including an outbreak management plan, which each vessel has to implement and follow.

# BIMCO

In late January, BIMCO published a statement noting that

As a consequence of the current spread of Coronavirus, BIMCO has decided that no BIMCO staff can travel to the Far East until further notice. This decision extends to excluding anyone from personally attending any BIMCO training course, subcommittee meeting, working group, etc. who has been to China in the 14 days prior to the planned event.

# International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) / January 26

IMHA issued advice for the shipping companies, adding that the symptoms are fever and acute respiratory symptoms, advising:

  • Do not restrict embarkation /disembarkation of seafarers in non-affected ports
  • Do not restrict necessary ship visits by port agents, chaplains, service personnel and others.
  • Do not visit Food Markets in China. Avoid provision of fish and poultry in China.
  • Do not consume raw eggs, milk, meat. • For galley: Observe strict food hygiene to avoid cross contamination
  • Store facial protection for all crew (5 pieces /per person)
  • Provide influenza vaccination, alcohol based hand rub and facial protection to ship inspector and other company employees who travel to China.
  • If a person on board falls sick AND has been travelling to affected areas 2-12 days before embarkation, the person must stay in his cabin. Consult a Medical Doctor in the next port.
  • If a sick person is on board of the ship, fill the Maritime declaration of health and notify port authority

# Australian Port Authority

Australia highlighted that there was a failure on adequate checks for the coronavirus infections on vessels entering Australian ports.

In light of this, Maritime Union of Australia National Secretary, Paddy Crumlin commented that

Australian workers are going out onto to these vessels and having direct contact with foreign seafarers prior to them entering the port. Tugboat crews are receiving ships equipment that may have been in contact with infected seafarers. It shouldn’t be left to these workers to provide Australia’s response to an international, viral threat.

# The International Transport of Workers' Federation (ITF)

ITF highlighted the importance of seafarers being protected, advising that:

  • travelers should avoid unprotected contact with live animals;
  • thoroughly cook all animal products, including meat and eggs;
  • all travelers should practice good hygiene to avoid contact with anyone displaying symptoms.

# Cruise sector

The Cruise Industry was equally affected by the outbreak of the virus, with many cruise companies informing that their operations in Shanghai have been suspended. Thus, the companies offered refunds or rescheduled its voyages.

  • Royal Caribbean: Spectrum of the Seas, Costa Atlantica, Costa Venezia, and MSC Splendida have cancelled their departures from the International Cruise Terminal in Baoshan District;
  • Costa Cruises: Suspension of all operations from China until February 4. Operations at other major Chinese ports have also been halted;
  • Norwegian Cruise Line: Introduction of non-touch temperature screenings for all passengers embarking from Chinese ports. Guest with a body temperature screening of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius or higher will not be allowed to board and will be directed to seek local medical treatment. What is more, guests travelling from Wuhan, China or who have been in the city in the last 30 days will be denied boarding;
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises Asia Pacific: Will not permit passengers who visited Wuhan including those who are from the region to board their ships;
  • Princess Cruises in Asia: No plans to change their itineraries and if necessary, they will introduce pre-boarding disease reporting for passengers arriving from affected areas;
  • Crystal Cruises: Closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus, including recommendations from the World Health Organization.

# The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)

The PPA reported that they encompassed all PPA-controlled ports nationwide after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the first nCoV case on January 30.

# Coronavirus Live Map

In efforts of monitoring the situation and tracking down the incident throughout the world, Johns Hopkins University launched a live, interactive map, which depicts in real time, the spread of the virus.

For example, today, 4 February 2020, according to the map there have been totally 20,679 cases of people infected, with 427 total deaths and 715 recoveries.

-click on the image to see the live map-