Ship-to-shore interaction restrictions

17 May 2021 / India

To slow the spread of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate its impacts, travel advisories have been issued by many jurisdictions in India. Several countries are imposing restriction on movement of ship and seafarers calling at Indian ports.

It has been brought to the notice of the Directorate that various agencies such as port officials, terminal operators, customs, immigration, ONGC inspectors, third party inspectors including charterers or their representatives, surveyors, surveyors of MMDs, are boarding ships without following the COVID protocol and entering into accommodation spaces. This is neither safe for visitors to ship nor safe for the crew on board the ship. Ship-to-shore interactions must be avoided and kept to bare minimum to keep the ship and crew safe and sanitized and contain spread of the disease. Masters of Indian vessels shall create SOPs for contactless interaction with the above agencies which can be used to safely undertake both navigation and cargo operations.

In view of the above, all concerned officials are advised to desist from boarding the vessel, unless absolutely necessary. In case any visitors, inspectors/surveyors are required to board the vessels such personnel should follow the COVID protocols including wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and stay away from accommodation spaces.

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Source: Directorate General of Shipping, Mumbai, DGS Order No.24 of 2021 dated 14 May 2021

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