New health screening procedures at Bintulu Port

02 Mar 2020 / Malaysia

The Ministry of Health Malaysia has adopted new control measures following Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases reported in Malaysia on January 2020.

To prevent the transmission of the virus through vessels and crew coming from China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran, Bintulu Port has establish control measures on Port Health Clearance as follows:

- Documents to be submitted to Port Health Officer by ship agents within 48 to 72 hours before vessels’ arrival

- All vessels coming from any port in China in less than 14 days will be put on Status B (quarantine at berth) or status C (quarantine at anchorage)

- Crew screening and vessel sanitary inspection will be immediately conducted by Bintulu Port Health Office upon vessel alongside

- For vessels coming under status B or C, ship shore leave will be suspended on a temporary basis until the situation has improved, except on medical ground approved by Port Health Officer

- The wearing of face mask is compulsory for personnel who are engaged in port operation and have direct exposure. These include but are not limited to various vessel clearance authorities, port operator or terminal operator handling cargo operation, pilots, pilot boat crew and vessel agents.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations at Malaysian ports, contact GAC Malaysia at [email protected]

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