SPRO[2020]11--Announcement of the Ministry of Transport No. 78/2020 - New prevention and control measures for ships entering China

Circular Ref No.: SPRO [2020] 11

Date: 25 Sep 2020
 

 

Subject: Announcement of the Ministry of Transport No. 78/2020 - New prevention and control measures for ships entering China



Dear Sir/Madam,
 
On September 24th, Ministry of Transport, General Administration of Customs, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly issued an Announcement (Announcement of the Ministry of Transport No. 78/2020), to strengthen the prevention and control of the COVID-19 among the crew of international sailing ships, so as to prevent the cross-border spread of COVID-19 by the crew of international sailing ships.
 
The content of the Announcement is summarized as follows:
 
Applicable circumstances
All international sailing ships intending to enter China, either
a) changes crew members at the last port or place before entering China; or
b) changes crew members during last 14 days prior to its arrival at the port in China.
 
Requirements

a) The joining crew members should have nucleic acid test for COVID-19 done within 3 days prior to boarding, and should board the ship with document showing negative result of nucleic acid test for COVID-19.
b) The test should be conducted in an institution designated or recognized by the Chinese embassy or consulate abroad.
c) When going through the procedures for entering the first port of China, the copy of the document showing negative result of nucleic acid test for COVID-19 for the joining crew members should be submitted as required.

 
Consequence of violation

a) Ship's arrival, departure or cargo operation might be hindered;
b) Administrative legal responsibility might be investigated according to law, if the circumstance of such violation is severe;
c) Criminal responsibility shall be investigated according to law, if there is no document or false documents showing negative result of nucleic acid test for COVID-19 for the joining crew members and cause the spread or risk of spread of COVID-19 within the People's Republic of China.

 
Our comments
There are many cases found in Chinese ports that crew members changed in the Philippines were tested COVID-19 positive.  We suggest Owners to require documents meeting the requirement of the above Announcement from the crew members changed on board the ships intending to enter China, so as to avoid any delay of the vessel, or any administrative/ criminal responsibility caused thereof.
 
Best regards,

Yu Limin 
President

 

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