The Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa has stated that port platforms cannot shut down amid the coronavirus crisis, because they are critical infrastructures necessary for the survival of nations and vital to the population and economy.
The Association, in a communique signed by its Secretary-General, Jean-Marie Koffi, has therefore set out stringent health and safety measures to be implemented in all Western and Central Africa Ports in order to preserve workers’ health, limit spread of the virus and avoid the prolongation of this public health crisis and its economic consequences.
Port authorities are to ensure that the measures are effectively implemented within the stakeholders of the port community and provide all the necessary means to protect employees atthe workplace.
Port authorities are also to ensure Harbour Masters implement these new health, safety and security measures immediately; and these include:
Crew and passengers onboard arriving vessels that have called at ports in mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea and Spain within the last 14 days shall remain onboard the vessels during the vessel’s stay in port.
Crew and passengers arriving from countries other than mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea and Spain who wish to land ashore will be served with Stay Home Notices (SHN).
With effect from 31st March 2020, ports should cease accepting entry by all cruise vessels.
For Shipping Community:
New compulsory Maritime Declaration of Health (attached is the Singapore Maritime & Port
Authority’s new declaration as of March 20th, 2020)
For ISPS Restricted Areas: Enforced distancing for port workers; Observing health precautions for all port workers; Enhanced access control with temperature-taking checkpoints.
For Port Community Stakeholders:
All stakeholders should take precautionary measures for eligible staff to telecommute.