Direction for international ships & ports facilities

20 Apr 2020 / Papua New Guinea

All international ships’ first port of call will be the four listed below:
a. Port of Port Moresby,
b. Port of Lae,
c. Port of Madang, and
d. Port of Rabaul.

There will be no shore leave by crew of all international vessels and voyage calling into all PNG Ports and port facilities.

There will be a suspension of crew change in all PNG ports facilities for foreign crew.

No crew is allowed on the quayside of PNG port facilities.

No personnel form the portside are allowed on board any international vessel apart from those performing statutory function and relevant stevedores who must be in PPE.

All statutory function undertaken by receiving PNG port personnel should be done strictly with the PNG Department of Health guideline and appropriate PPE.

All cruise vessels and super yacht and any passenger movement via any sea craft are banned from entering any PNG port or port facilities.

All log ships and log ponds must sign a Declaration of Security (DoS) for loading at the log ponds, including port facilities occasioning used for serving international vessels.

Contactless stevedoring including segregation of ship’s crew and shore personnel during loading and unloading must be strictly observed.

All shipping documents must be electronically dispatched where possible.

Any person on any vessel who decides to disembark will have to undergo a 14 day mandatory quarantine in a facility nominated by the Controller.

PNG port facilities cover PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) ISPS Port facilities, Private ISPS Port Facilities and facilities occasionally serving international vessels under a Declaration of Security (DoS). Deliberate failure to comply with this Direction and Notice is a breach of this regulation and can warrant a fine of up to K50,000.00 for individuals and up to K500,000.00 for companies or jail time for offending individuals.

(For information about operations in Papua New Guinea, contact the GAC Singapore Hub Agency Centre at [email protected])

Source: Papua New Guinea Joint Task Force National Operations Centre 19 Notice & Direction dated 18 April 2020

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