Vessels Calling Egyptian Port and Transiting Suez Canal with Crew members infected by COVID-19
Within the framework of updating the information on the Egyptian ports situation to our principals, we have noticed the following procedure and precautionary instructions for the vessels calling at Egyptian ports or transiting the Suez Canal with some crew members infected by COVID-19, implemented in light of the country’s attempt to reduce the negative effects of the Corona virus:
Ships arriving at ports for cargo operation:
- When the quarantine authority board the ship and if a sailor is suspected of illness or symptoms, a medical swab for PCR is taken (PCR results take 12 to 24 hours).
- If the PCR is positive, the ship will be stopped and considered suspended by the authorities until the port entry approval is given and some precautionary measures are taken, including, for example, sterilizing the ship prior allowing stevedores to board, reducing the presence of individuals from the shore on the ship, wearing a certain type of clothing, gloves and masks in addition to isolating the patient, taking the necessary preparations from the Master in view of the danger of the presence of any other suspicions among the crew. However, in such cases the vessel is not considered a ship arrived at the port, she will not be granted free pratique and will wait for the authorities decision.
- The sick crew member will be kept isolated onboard and will not allowed to go shore unless an urgent medical hospitalization is needed.
Ships transiting the Suez Canal:-
- A tug will be imposed during the Suez Canal transit from Suez to Port Said or vice versa in case of a Corona virus among the crew.
Please be guided accordingly.
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