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
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.