Coronavirus (COVID-19), restrictions at Ports / Countries

Coronavirus (COVID-19), restrictions at Ports / Countries

Latest COVID-19 status regarding restrictions in Ports/Countries where Waypoint Port Services provide services.

– Latest Update: April 1st 09:00 am (UTC +01:00)

ARGENTINA

General National regulation in force (DECNU-2020-274-APN-PTE) issued by the Argentine President:

National regulation in force specific to shipping (NO2020-17205422-APN-ESCO#PNA) issued by the Argentine Coast Guard following the President’s order above:

Additional information:

Countries classified as risk areas: China, South Korea, Singapore, Iran, United States, Europe Brazil and Chile.

For more information contact: tah@waypointports.com / +507 6397-2539

BELGIUM

  • Crew Changes are allowed (crew has to prove that they will be able to travel & leave EU).
  • Spare parts/stores/supplies available.
  • CTM can be delivered.

For more information contact: Ara.Ops@waypointports.com / +31 10 313 0400

BRAZIL

Measures taken by government:

PARANAGUA, RIO GRANDE, SFDS
-No rumors of stevedores activities stoppage;
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal until this  moment;
-Petrobras Bunker Supply schedule was not affected;

VITORIA, TUBARAO
-No rumors of stevedores activities stoppage;
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal until this  moment;
-No bunkers available since 2019.

ITAQUI
-No rumors of stevedores activities stoppage;
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal so far;
-Petrobras Bunker Supply schedule was not affected; (ex pipe at VLI TERMINAL) no bunker barge available.

SANTOS – ALL PRIVATE AND PUBLIC PORTS
-There are rumors of stevedores’ activities stoppage; NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD ON MARCH 23RD 1400 HRS LT. Grains terminals should not be affected.
-Operation is running normally with no stoppages at the moment.
-Petrobras Bunker Supply schedule was not affected.

BARCARENA and VILA DO CONDE – ALL PRIVATE AND PUBLIC PORTS
-No rumors of Stevedores activities stoppage.
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal until this moment.
-The Petrobras Bunker Supply schedule was not affected at VDC roads and/or Belem.

SANTAREM and ITACOATIARA.
-No rumors of Stevedores activities stoppage.
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal until this moment.
-No bunkering at these ports.

SALVADOR-ARATU.
-No rumors of Stevedores activities stoppage.
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal until this moment.
-The Petrobras Bunker Supply schedule was not affected.

RIO DE JANEIRO
-Port activities (load/discharge) are normal until this moment.
-Petrobras Bunker Supply schedule was not affected.

For more information contact: Santos.Ops@waypointports.com / +55 41 99604-8325

CANADA

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS ON CREW MEMBERS AND OTHER WORKERS

Transport Canada has issued a new Ship Safety Bulletin attached highlighting the essential nature of marine transportation services and clarifying the documentation requirements for seafarers who are travelling to Canada to join a ship’s crew.  More specifically, there are no travel restrictions on such individuals provided they are in possession of a seafarer’s identity document supplemented by a passport; or other seafarer documentation, including proof of employment on a vessel at a Canadian port, and a visa if required.
TC has sent this guidance to airlines, with a view to alleviating further confusion at international airports due to the imposition of inappropriate travel restrictions on seafarers travelling to join crews in Canada.  For our part, we have also shared this guidance with CBSA in order to ensure their officers have a full understanding of marine mode requirements.
Additional guidance on the ability of non-crew individuals such as technicians, surveyors, etc. to travel in order to do work on board ships is expected to be issued by Transport Canada within the coming days. 

SEAFARER HEALTH & WELL-BEING
Shipping Federation of Canda have developed a communique on the heath and well-being of seafarers, which is designed to address public misperceptions about the role of seafarers as vectors of COVID-19 transmission, with a view to discouraging the imposition of measures that significantly limit the ability of healthy seafarers to access shore leave.  The communique also highlights the essential role that seafarers play in delivering indispensable goods and supplies that will be crucial in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and on the consequent need to ensure their ongoing ability to perform these key activities.  We will be distributing this message to the Association of Canadian Port Authorities and other service providers over the coming days

Marine Crew Deemed Essential

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CHILE

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CHINA

For more information contact: china@waypointports.com / +86 138 1755-9780

COLOMBIA

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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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EGYPT

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

GIBRALTAR

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GUATEMALA / COSTA RICA / HONDURAS / EL SALVADOR / TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

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HONG KONG

Full Government Press Release:
– March 18th: Compulsory Quarantine of Persons Arriving at Hong Kong from Foreign Places Regulation
– March 31st: Update Summary Table from Department of Health

For more information contact: hk@waypointports.com / +852 9728 3001

INDIA

INDONESIA

For more information contact: Indonesia@waypointports.com / +62 8 1865 3310

JAPAN

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

MALAYSIA

Malaysian Government, has Issued a Temporary “RESTRICTION OF MOVEMENT”, which means all Crew Change is on hold from 18th of March until 31st of March, until further notice.

Full documentation from the Ports: Johor PortNorthport

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MALTA

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MARTINIQUE & GUADELOUPE

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MEXICO

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MOROCCO

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OMAN

  • Supreme Commity has stopped the entry of Non-Omanis to the Sultanate of Oman through all land and sea border posts and via air except GCC citizens, as from March 17th.

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PANAMA

  • As of Sunday, March 22nd, at 2359, airspace will be closed for international pax flights for 30 days. Only cargo, humanitarian and domestic flights allowed.
  • With immediate effect, crew changes cancelled in Panama.
  • Cruises forbidden to berth, embark or disembark paxs.
  • Strengthen measures for vessels attendance and control in Ports in effect.  
  • Only Panama Nationals and Residents are allowed to enter the country. Any foreigner arriving shall remain in quarantine for 14 days.

For more information contact: Panama.Ops@waypointports.com / +507 264-6532

PERU

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PORTUGAL

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

SINGAPORE

Crew Change

Marine Port Authority provided new circulars with regards to crew changes in Singapore under special conditions.

MINIMISING THE RISK OF COMMUNITY SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19): CREW CHANGE FOR CARGO SHIPS UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE PORT OF SINGAPORE

Working closely with both local and international organisations, shipping associations and unions, MPA recognises that there would be special circumstances where crew will need to disembark or embark the ship, such as:

a) The crew has served his/her maximum time on board and no further extension of the employment contract is granted by the flag State; or
b) Compassionate grounds e.g. death of family member; or
c) The crew is no longer medically fit to work on-board the ship.

Under such special circumstances, cargo ships may submit their requests to MPA for consideration:

a) Supporting documentary evidence, e.g.  crew’s articles of agreement, doctor’s certification that crew is no longer able to serve on board the ship; b) Travel itinerary;
c) Fit-to-travel certificate; and
d) Assurance that the signing on and/or the signing off crew must be well for the last fourteen (14) days before joining or leaving the ship and has not been in contact with a known or suspect case of COVID-19 in those 14 days

Such requests should be submitted to MPA at shipping@mpa.gov.sg and pms@mpa.gov.sg.

Further details can be found in MPA Port Marine Circular No. 019 of 2020:

Port Marine Circulars No 019 OF 2020 | 27 Mar 2020

CREW CHANGE FOR CARGO SHIPS UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE PORT OF SINGAPORE, TO MINIMISE RISK OF COMMUNITY SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) IN SINGAPORE

Shipping Circulars No 5 of 2020 | 30 Mar 2020

GUIDELINES ON THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION OF SEAFARERS AND SEAFARER’S MEDICAL CERTIFICATE

Air Travel

For visitors seeking entry into Singapore

For long-term pass holders seeking entry into Singapore

For more information please visit : https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19

Precautionary Measures Observed Locally

(*) Source: Ministry of Health / Immigration & Checkpoint Authority / MPA Singapore

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SOUTH AFRICA

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SOUTH KOREA

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THE NETHERLANDS

  • Crew Changes are allowed (crew has to prove that they will be able to travel & leave EU).
  • Port Authority is demanding all vessels to send Health Declaration.
  • Some flights are banned to land in The Netherlands.
  • All EU borders are closed for next 30 days to non-EU citizens / residents as per latest decision from EU 18/03/2020.
  • Spare Parts / Stores / Supplies available.
  • CTM can be delivered.

For more information contact: Ara.Ops@waypointports.com / +31 10 313 0400

TURKEY

At Turkish Ports:

At Turkish Straits:

For more information contact: Anc-Ops@waypointports.com / +357 9765 5130

U.A.E.

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UNITED STATES

Full U.S. Coast Guard statement: Marine Safety Information Bulletin

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URUGUAY

National regulation in force:

Pilots procedure:

Additional Information:

Countries classified as risk areas: China, South Korea, Singapore, Iran, United States and Europe.

For more information contact: tah@waypointports.com / +507 6397-2539