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DG Shipping cautions Port officials to keep minimum ship-to-shore interactions

The directorate General of shipping has advised Port customs and other enforcement officials to desist from entering ships berthed at Ports unless it was absolutely necessary for the performance of their duty in view of rapid rise in corona infections especially in Port cities

It has been brought to the notice of the Directorate-General of Shipping  that various agencies such as port officials, terminal operators, Customs, immigration, ONGC inspectors, third party inspectors including charterers or their representatives, surveyors, surveyors of MMDs, are boarding ships without following the Covid protocol and entering into accommodation spaces inside ships.

Boarding ships without following covid protocol not safe for visitors and the crew on the ship

This is neither safe for visitors to ship nor safe for the crew on board the ship. Ship-to-shore interactions must be avoided and kept to bare minimum to keep the ship and crew safe and sanitised and contain spread of the disease

Masters of Indian vessels shall create SOPs for contactless interaction with the above agencies, which can be used to safely undertake both navigation and cargo operations.

All concerned officials are advised to desist from boarding the vessel, unless absolutely necessary.

All concerned officials are advised to desist from boarding the vessel, unless absolutely necessary. In case any visitors, inspectors/surveyors are required to board the vessels, such personnel should follow the Covid protocols including wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and stay away from accommodation spaces, stressed the Directorate-General of Shipping, Mumbai, in DGS Order No.24 of 2021 dated May 14, 2021.

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