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Thursday, 06 February 2020 | 20:00

Tightening up of entry and visa regulations
Thursday, February 6, 2020, Indonesia

Due to the Corona Virus (2019-nCoV) Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the Indonesian Government yesterday (5 February) released a circular advising that there will be selection and tightening up of regulations related to the entry of Chinese and foreign citizens who have been to and/or visited China within a certain period of time.

Guidelines are provided for implementing officers, and information will be given to the public relating to the termination visa-free visits, visit visa on arrival and granting of permits for citizens of the People’s Republic of China.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC at [email protected]

Novel Coronavirus: Entry restrictions for commercial vessels
Thursday, February 6, 2020, Australia

On 1 February 2020, the Prime Minister of Australia announced that any foreign travellers who have left or transited through mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 will be refused entry to Australia, in order to minimise the potential spread of Novel Coronavirus.

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand 444 visa holders who would normally reside in Australia and their immediate family, legal guardians and spouses will be exempt from these measures, but will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days after leaving mainland China.

The Australian Border Force (ABF), working with partner agencies, will establish advanced screening and reception arrangements to facilitate identification of those individuals to whom these measures apply.

The ABF acknowledges the impact this will have on operations.

All vessel masters will be required to answer the following health screening questions as part of their entry reporting:

  • Have any persons left or transited through mainland China since 1 February 2020?
  • Have any persons become ill or shown signs of illness in the past 14 days?

ABF and Biosecurity officers remain responsible for border clearance processes. Vessels that report ill persons will undergo a human health inspection by a Biosecurity Officer on arrival in Australia, and before the vessel is granted pratique.

Vessels that report persons who have been in mainland China within 14 days (commencing on or after 1 February 2020) will be subject to additional restrictions outlined in this document.

For Commercial Vessels that departed mainland China prior to 1 February 2020

  • Standard Biosecurity requirements and restrictions will apply. You must still identify any ill traveller or member of the crew as part of your pre-arrival report.

For Commercial Vessels that departed mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and arrive within 14 days of last port being in mainland China

  • All crew will be restricted on-board while the vessel is berthed in Australia.
  • Crew are only able to disembark to conduct essential vessel functions and crew must wear personal protective equipment while performing these functions.
  • The restrictions above apply until 14 days has elapsed since the vessel or any person on board left mainland China.

For Commercial Vessels with crew joining from mainland China

  • Where a commercial vessel has crew joining the vessel and that crew have travelled to or transited through mainland China on or since 1 February 2020, all crew are to remain on board the vessel.
  • Crew are only able to disembark to conduct essential vessel functions and crew must wear personal protective equipment while performing these functions.
  • The restrictions above apply until 14 days has elapsed since the vessel or any person on board left mainland China.

For Maritime Industry

  • Industry members engaging with commercial maritime vessels subject to the restriction outlined above should consider the use of personal protective equipment.
  • Maritime Pilots will be provided personal protective equipment for the initial engagement with those vessels subject to restrictions.

Local Port Authority

The requirements outlined in this document are required to facilitate border clearance of vessels and their crew. Local port authorities may have additional requirements over and above those outlined.

The ABF appreciates your ongoing support and cooperation during this time. For additional support, please contact the Border Operation Centre at +61 1300 368 126.

For general information concerning the Novel Coronavirus please refer to the Department of Health website (https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov)

(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at [email protected])

Source: Australia Border Force Advice to Commercial Vessels dated 6 February 2020

Tropical cyclone expected
Thursday, February 6, 2020, North West Australia

According to the Tropical Cyclone Advice No.4 issued at 08.56 hours local time today (6 February), the tropical low is expected to develop into a cyclone off the west Kimberley coast today. The Pilbara coast can expect gales from later Friday and a severe cyclone impact is probable on Saturday.

Intensity: Tropical Low, sustained winds near the centre of 55 km per hour with wind gusts to 85 km per hour.

Location: within 55 km of 16.9 degrees South 120.7 degrees East, estimated to be 200 km northwest of Broome and 440 km north northeast of Port Hedland.

Movement: west southwest at 15 km per hour.

A tropical low is moving west southwest away from the Kimberley coast and is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone today. During Friday, the cyclone is forecast to intensify as it turns south towards the Pilbara coast. A severe tropical cyclone impact is forecast for the Pilbara coast during Saturday.

Gales are forecast to develop along the Pilbara coast between Wallal Downs and Dampier including Port Hedland from later Friday afternoon. DESTRUCTIVE winds with wind gusts to 150 kilometres per hour may develop overnight Friday night as the cyclone approaches the coast, increasing further on Saturday near the cyclone centre. If the cyclone tracks further to the west then gales may develop Saturday morning west of Dampier to Onslow.

ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES could cause SERIOUS FLOODING at the coast between Dampier and Wallal including Karratha and Port Hedland on Saturday.

Heavy rain is likely to cause flooding in the Pilbara and Gascoyne as the cyclone moves inland over the weekend. Refer to Flood Watch at: http://www.bom.gov.au/wa/warnings/

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at [email protected]

Temporary travel ban to/from China & its Special Administrative Areas
Thursday, February 6, 2020, Philippines

The Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration has today (6 February) issued a memorandum which temporarily bans the entry of any person (except Filipino citizens and holders of Permanent resident Visas) from coming from China and its Special Administrative Regions (Hong Kong and Macau). The memorandum also temporarily bans any such person who has within the past 14 days preceding arrival in the Philippines been to China and its Special Administrative Regions.

Further, there is a mandatory 14-day quarantine for Filipinos and Permanent Resident Visa holders coming from any place in China and its Special Administrative Regions. There is also a temporary ban on Filipinos travelling to China and its Special Administrative Regions.

The following guidelines must be observed during arrival formalities:

  1. Quarantine – Immigration – Customs boarding protocol must be strictly observed.
  2. All cruise ships with passengers, regardless of nationality, who within 14 days immediately before arriving in the Philippines, have been to China and its SARs, are not allowed to dock at any Philippine port.
    No shore passes and disembarkation clearance shall be granted to any crew or passengers onboard a vessel, regardless of nationality, who within 14 days immediately before arriving in the Philippines, have been to China and its SARs (Department of Health Department Circular No.2020-0034 issued on 4 February 2020)
  3. All cargo vessels calling from China and its SARs within 14 days immediately preceding arrival must be boarded at the Quarantine Anchorage.
  4. Boarding formalities shall be conducted on vessels only with issued free pratique by the Bureau of Quarantine.
  5. The local manning agency or consignee must submit a Notice of Arrival of vessels with the Voyage memo indicating all ports of call within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, at least 24 hours prior to arrival.
  6. All boarding officers shall conduct a confirmatory inspection to all arriving crews and passengers:
    – Check the Voyage Memo for previous ports of call;
    – Review previous travel history through inspection of travel document, passport or seafarer’s book; and
    – Turn over crew and passengers with travel history to China and its SARs to the Bureau of Quarantine.
  7. No approval for sign-off/repatriation during the quarantine period shall be granted to foreign seafarers from vessels which, within 14 days immediately preceding arrival in the Philippines, travelled to China and its SARs.

The following guidelines shall be observed during departure formalities:

No departure clearance shall be granted to Filipino passengers and seafarers who intend to join/embark any marine vessel with next port of call to China and its SARs;
Filipinos who are travelling to China and its SARs shall be prohibited unless they are a member of the World Health Organization or umbrella agency involved with the Novel Corona Virus, or is travelling as part of a government delegation conducting official duties.
For further details/updates, and information about operations in the Philippines, contact GAC Philippines at [email protected]

Coronavirus: Measures taken by health authorities
Thursday, February 6, 2020, Brazil

The Brazilian Health Authority Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária – ANVISA (National Health Surveillance Agency) has defined measures for increased surveillance and control to be adopted at Brazilian ports, airports and ground crossings:

  • Increasing guidance to sanitary inspection and healthcare staff about the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and increased sensibility for detection and management of suspected cases of the novel coronavirus.
  • Reinforcement of contingency plans and preparedness for immediate reporting of suspected cases at the points of entry.
  • Intensification of cleaning and disinfection routines and procedures at port and airport terminals and use of PPE by cleaning workers.
  • Heightening of disinfection protocols for aircrafts.
  • Addressing passengers, in Portuguese, English and Mandarin, through airport PA systems on the risks and measures to be taken to avoid transmission.

Following the guidance provided by the WHO and the PAHO, ANVISA is not implementing any specific controls of vessels arriving at Brazilian ports which are otherwise operating normally. Nonetheless, as in other international outbreaks of transmissible diseases, it is expected that health controls in Brazilian ports will be increased to some extent. Therefore, vessels arriving from overseas ports must ensure full adherence to the IHR 2005, particularly concerning vaccination cards and ship sanitation certificates.

Vessels coming from China
For vessels that has been in China within last 30 days prior to arrival in Brazil, Captains must declare in the Maritime Declaration form that the vessel is coming from an endemic area.

The Master will be requested to provide copy of Medical Book report showing last 30 days statements.

Based on information provided by Master, Health authorities will provide the Free Pratique by radio in cases where there are no signs of risks to the public health. Otherwise, a more stringent investigation will take place and the Free Pratique will be subject to its results.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Brazil, contact GAC Brazil at [email protected]

Source: GAC

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