Namport updates Covid-19 procedures

Namport introduced some changes on Covid-19 enforced measures applicable to crew members.

22 September 2020 | Infrastructure

Walvis Bay port captain Lukas Kufuna announced some changes to the Covid-19 induced rules pertaining to foreign seamen on Friday.

Kufuna said since the State of Emergency has been lifted, seamen foreigners sailing on foreign vessels coming from foreign countries still need to comply to the 7-day quarantine period and may be allowed to go ashore thereafter if they produce a negative Covid-19 test result.

“Namibian and foreigners working on Namibian vessels working in Namibian waters, may go ashore, so too crew members on foreign vessels at the Synchrolift, Namdock and anchorage areas which come for repairs and have been here more than a month,” the port captain said in an update pertaining to crew changes to port control.

Namport issued a memo on 28 January 2020 to all ship captains, ship agents, shore skippers and skippers detailing the process to be followed before, as well as when a vessel arrives in port in the wake of Covid-19.

Port health, which resides under the jurisdiction of the ministry of health and social services (MoHSS) and are not part of Namport, were tasked with the screening and clearing process.

Subsequently strict screening measures were introduced to ensure the health and safety of passengers, crew ­on-board before disembarking the vessel, and that initial screenings occur upon boarding the vessel to start their journey.

Namport also instituted a Covid-19 surveillance process for all vessels calling at its ports in March.

Any vessel calling to Namibia has to provide background documentation to the MoHSS about their last port of call, the number of passengers, and general conditions on board.

Vessels deemed free of any contagious disease are issued with a free pratique ­licence by the MoHSS. Only upon receipt of the free pratique, vessels are allowed to dock alongside the quay at Namport.

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