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02 Apr 2020 / Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) informs that on March 29, 2020, the waterway facilitated the transit of Holland America's passenger vessels MS Zaandam and MS Rotterdam, despite there were suspected cases of COVID-19 among the passengers and crewmembers on board these vessels.
These transits were approved under extraordinary conditions and for humanitarian reasons. The ACP these exceptions and enforced extreme sanitary measures to safeguard the health of ACP employees and reduce to a minimum the number of Canal employees involved in the transit.
Notwithstanding the exceptions granted to these two vessels, shipping agents are reminded that vessels with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 are prohibited from transiting the Panama Canal and must comply with the required quarantine period. All transiting vessels must adhere to the following protocols established by the ACP in response to COVID-19:
We urge all concerned to adhere to these protocols in order to prevent any further spread of the COVID-19 virus during this difficult period.
(For information about operations in the Panama Canal, contact GAC Panama at [email protected])
Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory To Shipping No.A-12-2020 dated 1 April 2020
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