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Directorate General of Shipping issues advisory to ports for handling vessels

While international travel curbs have been put in place by many countries, including India, vessels will need to function as usual so that transportation of essential commodities is not hampered, the advisory said. The DGS has therefore, put in place a protocol to be followed in dealing with vessels and people on-board, to contain the spread of the disease.

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Last Updated: Mar 21, 2020, 05.30 PM IST
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“Vessels arriving from any port in China to have the necessary quarantine period of 14 days,” one of the instructions read.
New Delhi: The Directorate General of Shipping has issued an advisory to all major and minor ports in the country to handle vessels arriving at Indian ports in light of the Covid-19 outbreak.

While international travel curbs have been put in place by many countries, including India, vessels will need to function as usual so that transportation of essential commodities is not hampered, the advisory said.

The DGS has therefore, put in place a protocol to be followed in dealing with vessels and people on-board, to contain the spread of the disease.

“Vessels arriving from any port in China to have the necessary quarantine period of 14 days,” one of the instructions read.

Vessels arriving from ports of infected countries identified for mandatory quarantine and travel ban by the health ministry before 14 days of departure from the infected port, or having seafarers embarked on the vessel who have been in infected regions within 14 days of arrival at any Indian port shall need to comply with additional measures pertaining to berthing of the vessel, and sanitisation.

The master of a vessel, before arrival at its first port of call in India, shall be required to ascertain the state of health of each person on board the vessel and submit the Maritime Declaration of Health to the concerned health authorities of the port and to the port authorities, the advisory said.

The advisory added that the number of people on board a vessel should be kept at bare minimum.
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