Ships from India not required to undergo 14-day quarantine, says Marine Department

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): All ships arriving or entering the port area from India are not required to undergo a 14-day quarantine at sea, says the Marine Department.

The department said the Maritime Health Declaration of the vessels would be inspected by the Health Ministry authorities and given a certificate of free pratique before allowing them to enter and approach the dock for operations.

"Only ships (crew) suspected to be a high risk of carrying Covid-19 symptoms will be ordered to undergo quarantine for 14 days at sea, ” the department said in a statement on Friday (May 14).

It added that port and dock workers are allowed to board the ships for cargo activities and are required to wear face masks as well as gloves.

If the workers need to interact with the ship's crew or enter the cabin, everyone is required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), said the department.

However, both parties' full use of PPE is based on the risk assessment determined by the Port Authority by taking the advice of the department and Health Ministry, it said.

The department has also coordinated uniformity of shipping operation activities in the port area following confusion over the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) for the maritime industry.

The statement said all the procedures and SOP are continuously improved to ensure the operation of the maritime transport system related to seafarers and the shipping industry is clear.-Bernama

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