Shipping classed essential service as country enters 4 weeks self-isolation

27 Mar 2020 / New Zealand

New Zealand is now at Level 4 (highest level) which means the entire country is self-isolating, apart from essential services, for at least 4 weeks from midnight on 25 March.

Shipping is classified as an essential service to keep the country going, so there are currently no plans for loading/unloading to stop.

The usual free pratique process for vessels is continuing with a couple of additional questions around crew health onboard, as well as the requirement to advise port heath soonest if any illness onboard while vessel is working.

Stevedores/agents are keeping interactions with ship’s crew to a minimum to help stop the spread of this virus.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in New Zealand, contact the GAC Singapore Hub Agency Centre at [email protected]

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