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Vessel crew changes & disembarking restrictions

  • calendar

    10 March 2020

  • location

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates



In light of Novel Coronavirus developments, and recognizing the importance of the provision of adequate precautionary measures for port users and workers, the following restrictions must be followed within Abu Dhabi Ports:

  • Crew changes (signing on/off) are strictly prohibited for all calling vessels arriving from outside the Emirate of Abu Dhabi waters limits.

  • No crewmember is allowed to disembark the vessel during its call at Abu Dhabi Ports. This includes access to the berth/jetty. No shore leave is permitted, including access to the seaman club.

  • Crewmembers disembarking could be allowed only in case of emergency and subject to the Port Harbour Master approval.

Implementation of this direction shall take place with immediate effect, for a period of three (3) months, and any further changes will be communicated accordingly.

Any queries relating to this direction should be directed by email to the Harbour Masters Division (harbourmaster@adports.ae).

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Abu Dhabi, contact GAC Abu Dhabi at abudhabi@gac.com)

Source: Abu Dhabi Ports CHM Direction No.02/2020 dated 10 March 2020