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Chennai Port bans entry of crew members from Coronavirus affected countries

Chennai Port has banned the entry of crew members on board the ships coming from China, Hongkong, Macau, Thailand and Singapore by stopping the issue of landing permits and shore leave pass in an attempt to stop the spread of coronavirus  in the country.

SOP formulated in consultation with all the stakeholders of the port

The ships which come from these affected countries will also be prevented from dumping garbage in the port. This is part of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) devised by the port authorities after the World Health Organization has declared the spread of the virus as a public health emergency. The SOP was formulated in consultation with the Customs, Immigration, Naval and Coastguard authorities as well as all the stakeholders of the port.

Announcing the decision the Spokesman of the Chennai Port said we have decided temporarily to prevent the entry of crew members on board the ships from these countries irrespective of their nationalities or health conditions.

Masters of ships to share crew’s medical conditions thru emails

Masters of ships approaching the Indian coast have been asked to share the medical conditions of the crew members with the shore health authorities through emails.

N-95 face masks in adequate number in stock and isolation ward kept ready at the Port hospital

The Port administration has taken steps to stock adequate number of N-95 face masks, personal protective equipments, thermal scanners and gloves. They have been provided to the frontline staff engaged in screening of ships and the crew.

A isolation ward has been kept ready at the Port hospital to quarantine the affected crew. We have screened ten ships and around 200 crew which have come to Chennai and Ennore Ports from the affected countries.

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