PNI[2020]10--Chinese Ports - Special Epidemic Prevention and Control Measures on Vessels Having Changed Crew Overseas within 14 Days

Circular Ref No.: PNI [2020] 10

Date: 07 Sep 2020


Subject: Chinese Ports - Special Epidemic Prevention and Control Measures on Vessels Having Changed Crew Overseas within 14 Days

 

Dear Sir/Madam, 

 

Recently, Chinese ports are strengthening epidemic prevention and control measures on vessels having changed crew overseas within 14 days, especially for Pilipino seafarers or vessels that have changed crew members in the Philippines.

 

Background 

 

Since the Philippines resumed crew change in this July, more and more vessels changed their crew in the Philippines. Unfortunately, a number of crew members from the Philippines were detected COVID-19 positive. We have seen a number of cases at Zhoushan, Guangdong and Tianjin etc. In view of the above situation, some Chinese ports have strengthened epidemic prevention and control measures. Some ports implemented more strict measures for vessels which had changed crew in the Philippines within 14 days. Some other ports strengthened control measures for all vessels which had changed crew overseas within 14 days, whether in the Philippines or not. 

 

Epidemic Control Measures

 

The updated control measures at Chinese main ports include but not limited to the followings:

 

1. Dalian

If the vessel has changed its crew overseas within 14 days before its arrival, whether the crew were 

changed in the Philippines or not, all/part of the crew members on board need to receive nucleic acid test.

 

2. Bayuquan

If the vessel has changed its crew overseas within 14 days before its arrival, whether the crew were changed in the Philippines or not, she has to drop anchor at the anchorage and entry application will only be granted 14 days after the date of crew change.

 

3. Tianjin

If the vessel has changed its crew overseas within 14 days before its arrival, whether the crew were changed in the Philippines or not, the Customs shall conduct sampling and testing on the newly changed crew members. The vessel is only permitted to commence cargo operation if the test results are negative.

 

4. Qingdao

If the vessel has changed its crew overseas within 14 days before its arrival, whether the crew were changed in the Philippines or not, she has to drop anchor at the anchorage and entry application will only be granted 14 days after the date of crew change.

 

5. Shanghai

No specific regulations for Pilipino crew members or crew members embarked in the Philippines.

 

6. Inland ports close to Shanghai

 

- Zhenjiang 

If the vessel has changed its crew within 14 days before its arrival, the vessel is required to report to the Customs in advance and wait for further instructions. Quarantine may be conducted at the anchorage first.

 

- Changshu 

If the vessel has called at a foreign port or changed its crew within 14 days before its arrival, the Customs shall conduct sampling and testing on the crew members. The vessel is only permitted to commence cargo operation if the test results are negative. 

 

- Zhangjiagang 

If the vessel has called at a foreign port or changed its crew within 14 days before its arrival, the Customs shall conduct sampling and testing on the crew members. The vessel is permitted to commence cargo operation while waiting for the test results.

 

7. Ningbo

If the vessel has changed its crew overseas within 14 days before its arrival, the Customs and other departments will carry out risk assessment on the vessel. The nucleic acid test will be conducted if the Customs deem necessary. Berthing schedule will only be fixed if the test results are negative.

 

8. Zhoushan

If the vessel has changed its crew overseas within 14 days before its arrival, whether the crew were changed in the Philippines or not, she has to drop anchor at the anchorage and entry application will only be granted 14 days after the date of crew change.

 

9. Xiamen

If the vessel has changed its crew overseas within 14 days before its arrival, whether the crew were changed in the Philippines or not, newly changed crew members should receive nucleic acid tests and the cargo operation could only be commenced if the results are negative.

 

10. Guangzhou

If the vessel has changed its crew overseas within 14 days before its arrival, whether the crew were changed in the Philippines or not, all/part of the crew members on board have to receive the nucleic acid test. The vessel is only permitted to commence cargo operation if the test results are negative.

 

11. Zhuhai

Though there is no official declaration, vessels that have recently changed crew in the Philippines are not permitted to call at the port. If the vessel has changed her crew in other countries within 14 days before its arrival, she is only permitted to take her berth 14 days after the date of crew change. 

 

Test method/item 

 

Generally, the Customs collect throat swab from the crew and conduct nucleic acid testing for the novel Coronavirus. If the nucleic acid test result is positive, the crew member will be sent to the hospital for further tests. The test method is throat swab + blood test and the test items are novel Coronavirus nucleic acid + antibody. CT scan may also be conducted for diagnosis. 

 

When crew are tested positive to COVID-19 

 

Crew members with positive test results will be sent to the designated hospital ashore for medical treatment and the vessel will be disinfected. The Customs will conduct further test to the remaining crew members and the cargo. The vessel will be allowed to commence cargo operation if the test results are negative. The vessel may sail if the crew member receiving medical treatment ashore obtain entry permit. In case the vessel becomes undermanned as a result of the confirmed cases of her crew member, she has to arrange replacement of crew. Alternatively, the vessel may apply her flag state for an exemption before sailing. If the crew member receiving medical treatment ashore fails to obtain entry permit, the vessel is only permitted to sail after recovery and returning to the vessel of the crew. Our experiences suggest that the following factors will determine whether the affected crew member receiving medical treatment ashore will be granted for an entry permit:

 

1) Policies/measures implemented by the local government/port authorities

2) Medical condition of the crew member

3) Number of affected crew members

4) Vessel’s schedule, etc.

 

Local correspondent’s assistance could substantially expedite the application process of the entry permit. Epidemic prevention and control measures will change with the epidemic situation. If you need the most up to date prevention and control measures in Chinese ports, please contact our branch offices directly.

As always, we are ready to render assistance to Clubs and Members. 

 

Best regards,


Yu Limin
President

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