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Actions in response to 2019 n-CoV

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    13 February 2020

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Ports around the United Kingdom have provided information about action being taken/to be taken related to the novel Coronavirus (2019 n-CoV).

While awaiting UK-specific guidance for seaports from Public Health England, there is interim advice from the EU Healthy Gateways for the preparedness and response to cases of novel Coronavirus (2019 n-CoV) infection at points of entry in the EU /EEA Member States, including advice for aircraft and ship operators. This can be accessed online at   https://www.healthygateways.eu/Portals/0/plcdocs/EU_HEALTHY_GATEWAYS_Wuhan_Outbreak_Advice_Part_AB_27_1_2020.pdf?ver=2020-01-30-092937-163

PORT OF CROMARTY FIRTH
Generally “business and usual” with an additional focus on personal hygiene.
Health Protection Scotland has produced a poster with information and advice on the virus and its key symptoms, to be shared on site and within port offices. The NHS advised you can reduce the risk of getting/spreading respiratory infections by:
- Good hand hygiene, including washing your hands with soap after coughing, sneezing or going to the toilet, and prior to eating and drinking.
- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in nearest bin after use.
- Avoiding contact with people that have a respiratory illness, and avoid using their personal items such as their mobile phone.
- Avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Additional information and advice on the virus can be found on the NHS Inform Page. https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/news/deta

FORTH PORTS
See EU Healthy Gateways pdf.

GREAT YARMOUTH (PEEL PORTS)
Maritime Declaration of Health to be submitted prior to arrival.

ABP PORTS GRIMSBY
Crew arriving on vessels from affected areas should familiarise themselves with the symptoms and be reminded of the requirement to notify Port Health of any cases or symptoms of infectious disease aboard, before they arrive into port.  If cases are suspected, an electronic Maritime Declaration of Health should be submitted to port.health@nelincs.gov.uk without delay.

HULL AND GOOLE PORT HEALTH AUTHORITY
All expected arrivals within the Humber Ports are legally required to submit a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) to the Authority within a maximum of 12 hours and minimum of four hours before arrival to port if any crew and/or passengers report symptoms of infectious illness.
The Health Authority operates a 24 hour standby service to enable Masters and/or their agents to notify cases of illness on board.  This can be accessed by dialling 0044 1482 324776 and following the instructions to contact the duty officer.  Electronic submission of MDHs can be sent to admin@hullandgoolepha.gov.uk and will be received during normal office hours (Monday- Friday 8.30-16.30).

PORT OF LIVERPOOL / PEEL PORTS & OTHER MERSEYSIDE PORTS
Maritime Declaration of Health to be submitted prior to arrival

MILFORD HAVEN PORT AUTHORITY
All ships arriving at Milford Haven/Pembroke/Fishguard which have recently visited China or have crew/passengers who have visited China within the past 14 days are to provide a fully completed Maritime Declaration of Health to Port Health prior to arrival. Ship’s Captains have a duty to notify Port Health at least 4 hours prior to arrival if they have any health risk conditions on board.  This would include any death/fever/ health issue which could be deemed to be infectious. 

ABP SOUTHAMPTON
Maritime Declaration of Health to be submitted prior to arrival

ABP SOUTH WALES AND PORT OF BRISTOL
Both Bristol and Cardiff want a statement from the master confirming  ‘that no crew has arrived from Wuhan or Hubei area or have been in contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus.’ They also require a copy of the IMO Health Declaration.

SULLOM VOE, SHETLAND
Maritime Declaration of Health to be submitted prior to arrival.

PD PORTS (TEES AND HARTLEPOOL)
Vessel’s agent to send a copy of the Public Health England poster to the vessel prior to arrival and enquire whether anyone on board has been to China in the previous 14 days. If the Master reports back that anyone has been to China, agent should contact NHS 111 and Port Health for advice and advise all the other organisations involved in the vessel’s visit (Tees VTS, pilots, terminal, surveyors, welfare organisations, etc.).

TEESPORT
Port Authority have asked that all vessels clarify the following:
1. Has anyone on board been to China in the previous 14 days.
2. Has anyone on board exhibited symptoms similar to the attached guidance.

For further details and updates, or information about operations in the United Kingdom, contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

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