The Marine Department of Hong Kong on Friday (1 April) issued an update to the local maritime sector regarding the adjustment of designation conditions and quarantine arrangement for visiting vessels, effective immediately.
The latest update notably removed quarantine rules required for bunkering operations of oceangoing vessels, unlike earlier rules requiring quarantine requirements for crew arriving from certain locations.
The new rules now require ship agents or shipping companies of vessels to simply state in their Pre-arrival Notification (PAN) the purposes of entering Hong Kong waters (i.e. to receive bunkering, re-provisioning and/or other shipping services).
The PAN will need to be submitted to the Marine Department at least 24 hours prior to the ship’s arrival.
For goods vessels entering Hong Kong purely for bunkering, they will be required to berth at anchorage areas designated by the Marine Department at all times during their stay in Hong Kong.
“Upon arrival at Hong Kong, you must pay attention to your health condition, take body temperature twice daily and report to your shipping company/agent,” stated the Marine Department informing of the new regulations.
“If you feel unwell, please call 2125 1133 (have stayed in Mainland, Macao or Taiwan) or 2125 1999 (have stayed in all overseas countries/territories). You are allowed to operate another trip and must wear a surgical mask during work.”
The department continued to point out that precautionary measures will still need to be followed even though quarantine rules have been removed.
“While local workers do not need to go onboard the goods vessels for provision of bunker services or for switching of documents, in the unlikely event that individual local worker(s), for some special reasons, need to perform duty onboard, they should take all the precautionary measures (such as wearing personal protection equipment at all times, and regular checking of body temperature),” it said.
“Signing / exchange of documents should be handled by e-mail transmission as far as possible, or through a carrying basket and/or disposable plastic bags transferring between the supply barge and the goods vessel following health precautionary protocol as considered by the health authorities.”
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