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COVID-19 Disease: Mariners offshore seek delayed boarding control measure at terminals

Some mariners working offshore have urged terminal operators to employ delayed boarding control measure to ensure that arriving shuttle tankers are attended to only after 14 days has elapsed from her last port of call.


They also insisted on presentation of crew daily temperate chart before shuttle tankers would be
allowed to disembark from their vessels.
The mariners stated in a memo on Thursday that “Following a stakeholder meeting at the terminal, we tentatively agreed on henceforth to implement an action plan to ensure the safety of terminal
personnel who come in direct contact with officers and crew of visiting crude oil shuttle tankers.
“Ship Master to complete a maritime declaration of health of all on board including evidence of
individuals daily body temperature charting.
“Ship Master to forward to her agent before arrival, a comprehensive list of crew with such key information as when and where onsigners embarked, and their countries of origin.
“They will also forward evidence of the last ten ports of call.
“We equally suggested the Terminal should exploit the force majeure provisions in the relevant charter party to mitigate financial liabilities that may arise from delaying such ships calling at the terminal.
“Terminal is supporting with PPEs such as masks and hand gloves, and sensitization as well.”
The mariners, however, sought to do a review of all prevention and isolation guidelines as it concerns shipping put out by various maritime policy making bodies and take a stand to advise the
Ministry and stakeholders.
They also noted the need and importance to carry out the plan in collaboration with the Ports Director of Public Health. 
They agreed that their suggestions to given directives, is the practicability and workability of such
directives from a professional perspective and the need to keep the ports operational.
For the mariners, praying for God’s intervention at this time is very important.


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