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
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
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.
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.