PA NSW scraps restrictive rules on vessel arrivals

Port Authority of New South Wales has scrapped its restrictions on vessels arriving from Iran, Italy, China or South Korea.

The easing of restrictions was effective as of Friday 26 June 2020.

Prior to PA NSW’s 26 June notice, PA NSW was formerly delaying pilotage services to ships that had transited from mainland China, Iran, the Republic of Korea or Italy until these ships had been at sea for more than 14 calendar days or for 14 calendar days from the date of the last person to join the vessel.

The Port Authority has also slightly updated the list of questions that it requires all ships calling at its ports to answer. The list is as follows:

• What were the last 5 ports of call? What date did the vessel depart these ports?
• Are there any ill passengers or crew on board?
• Are any crew members or passengers showing symptoms of COVID-19 on board?
• Has any person on the vessel been in contact with a proven case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
• Are there any crew or passengers who have joined the vessel less than 14 days ago?
• Are you conducting crew changes in Port?

Where COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed, the Port Authority states that it will risk assess the situation and obtain further advice from the respective government agencies prior to boarding the vessel.

Pilotage may be delayed until the Port Authority is satisfied that such risk can be managed.
Source: Shipping Australia Ltd

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