NTM No3 of 2020
NOTICE TO MARINERS
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance & Requirements
There is currently a significant outbreak of a novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting China and an increasing number of other countries (See list of current risk area) which has resulted in cases across the world, and on cruise ships. This situation has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO), under the International Health Regulations (IHR).
WHO, as at 3rd March 2020, has not currently recommended any international travel or trade restrictions, and according to the IHR (and other international regulations) ships shall not be refused ‘free pratique’ by the IHR state parties for public health reasons, i.e. permission to enter a port, embark or disembark discharge or load cargo or stores. The IHR states Parties may subject granting free pratique to inspection, and, if a source of infection or contamination is found on board, conduct necessary, disinfection, decontamination, disinfection or deratting, or other measures necessary to prevent spread of the infection or contamination.
Notwithstanding, mariners are advised, in response to this rapidly developing situation, Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish Ports Liaison Network require that information is to be submitted to the relevant Scottish Port Health Authority (PHA – see contacts) in the following cases, irrespective of whether the vessel is arriving from a foreign port or another UK port:
Vessel owners, Masters and Agents are reminded that PHA's must be notified of any cases of, or symptoms of, infectious disease aboard a vessel prior to it arriving in port.
A Public Health Emergency Contingency Plan, maintained by Port Health and its partners, is in place to respond to any significant issue.
In addition to MDH submission to the PHA as above, prior to arrival in the port of call, the Vessel owner, Master or Agent must confirm to the Perth Harbour Master that such submission has been made and declare any health concerns at the first opportunity. Failure to do so may result in a delay to pilot boarding and/or of permission to berth.
For reporting all information prior to arrival and/or pilot boarding at Perth Harbour:
Further information about Covid-19 may be found at:
Perth Harbour (Operated by CalMac Harbours)