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Wednesday, October 17, 2018


India/Chennai – measures to prevent the spread of Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever

The following measures are to be applied for the prevention of entry and spread of Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in India as directed by the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 

  1. Apart from giving answers to Maritime Declaration of Health questions, Master should also declare whether any person from Uganda has embarked the ship within the last 21 days.  If the answer is "yes", then the pilot will not grant free pratique to such vessel.  First the Port Health Officer for medical examination and health measures will board the vessel, and then free pratique will be granted.  Till such time no person should board the vessel.  
  2. Master should note that Mombassa and Dar-es-Salaam are the nearest ports to Uganda, from where persons from Uganda are likely to board.  All ships coming from Mombassa, Dar-es-Salaam or any other port in Somalia, Kenya or Tanzania should be scrutinised thoroughly to know whether any person (crew/passengers) from Uganda has boarded, or if any person on board has symptoms of fever, headache, muscle pain, diarrhoea, skin rash or bleeding from mouth, nose or any other part of the body. 
  3. Such person should be isolated on board from other crew or passengers and the nearest Port Health Authorities should be informed immediately for further necessary action. 

The Master of the vessels may be instructed through the steamer agents that the vessels coming from Ebola Infected areas within 25 days should hoist the "quarantine flag" while in port until free pratique has been granted by the port health officer.

Source:  GAC Shipping (India) Pvt. Ltd., Cochin/Chennai Port Health Officer

India/Kandla – closed due to earthquake damage

A closure for at least one week is expected due to damage caused by the earthquake that struck Northwest India on Friday 26 January.  The port has suffered material damage, which will need to be repaired before operations can be resumed.

At the oil terminal, pipelines to jetties No. 4 and 5 have been broken.  Jetty No. 3 is partially broken and jetties 1 and 2 have also been damaged.

Communications with Kandla can be relayed through GAC India’s head office in Cochin

A VHF connection has been established in a control room at Kandla Port and Administrative Office Building (AOB), Gandhidham.  One non-STD telephone (No. 20487) is functional and outside calls can be received at this telephone number.

Source: GAC Shipping (India) Pvt. Ltd., Cochin

Singapore – notification of arrival also on e-mail

Reference is made to our notice in Weekly NEWS No. 04/2001 dated 26 January 2001 on this issue, which provided information solely on vessels arriving Singapore from a nearby port with less than 12 hours’ steaming. 

We haste to amend that the requirement to notify the Port Master at least 12 hours prior to arrival applies to all vessels of 500 GT or above unless the vessel comes from a nearby port with less than 12 hours’ steaming time to Singapore.  In the latter case, the vessel is required to notify the Port Master of its ETA immediately upon departure from such port.

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

UK/Sullom Voe – dirty ballast facility

Further to our article in Weekly NEWS No. 36 of 08 September 2000, we are pleased to confirm that the dirty ballast facility at Sullom Voe Terminal is now back in service.  The Terminal is now able to routinely accept dirty ballast tankers for crude liftings.

Source:  Graypen Ltd., Sullom Voe