Advice to maritime sector on corona virus

22 Mar 2020 / Aruba

The World Health Organization has recently classified the corona virus Covid-19 as a pandemic. Therefore, the government of Aruba is on high alert and has raised its public health threat to high. Both air and maritime borders of the Island have been closed effective 21 March 2020, for traffic coming in from regions where the corona virus Covid-19 has been detected.

Please take good notice of the following regarding the exceptions for the Maritime Sector:

  • No permission will be granted to any vessel calling Aruba without the permission of the Harbor Master.
  • Permission to enter will be granted only for commercial vessels calling Aruba for the delivery of cargo, spares, fuel or repairs and offshore operations (STS, maintenance, anchoring).
  • No shore leave for crew.
  • No crew changed will be allowed.
  • It is prohibited for any vessel to depart from any port of Aruba except for stores, provision, fresh water and bunker delivery off port and only with specific permission from the Harbor Master.
  • Passenger ships are prohibited, and it is prohibited to transport passengers to Aruba.

Anyone who refuses to comply can be deemed to be a prohibited alien.

(For information about operations in Aruba, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at [email protected])

Source: Directie Scheepvaart Aruba Notice To Shipping dated 20 March 2020

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