Approval process for crew changes

24 Feb 2021 / Port Louis, Mauritius

The port authorities at Port Louis have issued new guidelines with the following steps for the processing of the crew change approvals:

  1. All requests for change of crew should be made only to the Port Master at least 14 days before the operation to allow ample time for proper verification of documents and processing.
  2. Requests should not be made in a piecemeal manner and the information provided should be complete.
  3. The format of the request (giving full details) should be the same as that presently used to apply to PIO and Health for clearance. A template will follow in due course.
  4. Requests should also be accompanied by a Declaration Form signed by the Shipping Agent certifying that the members of the incoming crew (Onsigners) have not been physically present in any country mentioned as prohibited in the NOTAM in force (presently the countries are United Kingdom, South Africa, Japan and Brazil.

Upon receipt of the request for change of crew, the Port Master will seek necessary approvals/clearances from the Ministry of Health and Wellness (Airport Health and Port Health) and the Passport and Immigration Office (PIO Port and PIO Airport).

Upon arrival, the Mauritius Port Authorities will authorise the shipping agents to initiate action at their end for the change of crew. Once approval is conveyed, no alteration may be made to the crew list without seeking approval anew.

No crew member should be authorised to travel to Mauritius before approval for change of crew is conveyed by the Mauritius Ports Authority.

(For information about operations in Mauritius, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at [email protected])

Source: Celero Shipping – GAC network agent

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