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Reporting requirements for vessels with China in last 5 ports

  • calendar

    30 January 2020

  • location

    New Orleans, United States

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The US Coast Guard at New Orleans has issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin outlining additional reporting requirement for vessels which have China among their last five ports of call.

According to the Bulletin issued on 27 January, all such vessels will receive the New Orleans Captain of the Port’s request  to advise if any crew members have symptoms consistent with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and if anyone on board have been to China in the past 30 days.

Vessel personnel or agents are required to report to the CDC any ill individuals or deaths on board during the 30 days prior to the date of expected arrival.

Most US ports have issued similar notices. Vessels who have visited China in their last ports are suggested to provide the following to their agent:
1. Do you currently have any crewmembers with one or more of the symptoms of Coronavirus? If so, please include the name and position of the crew members.
2. Which symptoms have they exhibited, and when did they first appear?
3. Have the crew members in question visited China within the past 14 days?
4. Have any of the crewmembers been in contact with anyone exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus in the past 14 days?
5. If so, had the ill person recently been to China within the past 30 days?

For further details and updates, and information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com

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