Any foreign travelers who have left or transited through mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 will be refused entry to Australia. Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, legal guardians and spouses will be exempt from these measures, but will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into Australia.
A vessel must not enter DBCT pilotage area until 14 days have elapsed since the vessel’s departure from mainland China on or after 1 February 2020.
Whilst a Pilot will not be allowed to board a vessel prior to this 14 days elapsing, vessels are allowed to arrive at the Outer Anchorage. Therefore a vessel can technically arrive and tender NOR when they reach the Outer Anchorage which in most cases will be prior to the 14 days. To ensure that a vessel is not physically planned to berth prior to this date, a Planning ETA is to be applied under the banner “MSQ Quarantine Rule”. This Planning ETA will be reflective of the vessels’ departure date from China + 14 days.
The definition of an ATA under the Terminal Regulations is, in respect of a relevant arrival of a vessel, the time when the last of the following occurs:
- the vessel has reached the “commercial area of the port” or the “normal waiting place” identified by the Hay Point Harbour Master,
- the vessel is ready in all respects to be towed, berthed, deballasted and loaded without delay; and
- a copy of the Notice of Readiness (such notice is customarily presented to a shipper or their agent by the Master or the ship’s agent) has been tendered to the Operator by the Master or ship’s agent, confirming the readiness of the arrived Vessel to undertake the operations in the second point above.
As per the normal process, all cruise and commercial vessels entering Australian territory are legally required to report ill passengers and crew presenting on the pre-arrival report via the Maritime Arrivals Reporting System (MARS). A biosecurity officer will then meet the vessel to screen for coronavirus and other serious infectious diseases. Biosecurity officers do this by administering the Traveller with Illness Checklist (TIC) to the ill passenger or crew member, or by discussing case diagnoses with the ship’s doctor. A biosecurity officer or human biosecurity officer may then issue directions for the management of a suspected case of coronavirus which are legally required to be followed.
All vessels entering Australian territory may be asked additional questions about:
- whether the vessel left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.
- whether any crew or passengers left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.
- whether any crew or passengers have been in contact with confirmed cases of coronavirus disease in the previous 14 days.
Vessels that meet any of the following will be subject to additional coronavirus requirements:
- Vessels that have left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.
- Vessels with crew or passengers who have left, or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 and less than 14 days ago.
- Vessels that have had ill crew or passengers on board in the past 14 days.
- Vessels that have crew or passengers who have been in contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus disease in the past 14 days.
New South Wales
Agents must advise the Vessel Traffic Information Centre (VTIC) 48 hours prior to the vessel entry
- The date the vessel departed China
- If the vessel berthed at any ports during its transit to Newcastle
The VTIC will request the following information from the Master of the vessel prior to arrival and pilot pickup:
- Declaration to Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) from the vessel master that they have no sick people on-board
- Declaration of previous 5 ports of call for the vessel.
This direction applies to the masters of all ships in Queensland waters if:
- The ship left, or transited through mainland China on or after 1 February 2020
- The ship intends to enter a Queensland pilotage area.
The ship must not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 14 days have elapsed since the ship’s departure from mainland China on or after 1 February 2020. (To remove any doubt, this means for example that a ship which departed mainland China on 1 February 2020 may not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 15 February 2020 and a ship that departed mainland China on 3 February 2020 may not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 17 February 2020).
Effective immediately, Queensland’s Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) will require all foreign trading ships that are inbound to Queensland Port Pilotage areas to provide the following information until further notice:
- Report whether the vessel has departed mainland China since 1 Feb 2020.
2. Report if any crew member or passenger has visited Mainland China since 1 Feb 2020.
3. Report if any crew member or passenger has visited Hubei Provence, China in the past 14 Days.
4. Report if any crew Member or passenger is showing any of the coronavirus disease symptoms that include fever, flu-like symptoms cough, sore throat, headache or difficulty breathing.
If the answer is NO to Questions 1, 2 ,3 and 4, MSQ will then inform all parties including Marine Pilots, and ships agent of the clear declaration. Vessel can proceed as scheduled.
If the answer is YES to Question 1, 2 o 3, the vessel is NOT to enter a Queensland Pilotage Area nor embark a Marine Pilot and be directed to remain outside of VTS area or port limits until 14 days since departing or transited through mainland China has elapsed. Questions will be repeated to the vessel on its call into VTS after the 14 days since 1 Feb has elapsed.
If the answer is YES to question 4, VTS is to advise the RHM immediately and follow any instructions given. MSQ will make the appropriate notifications to State and Federal agencies for further advice. The vessel is NOT to enter a Queensland Pilotage Area nor embark a Marine Pilot and be directed to remain outside of VTS area or port limits until assessed and cleared by appropriate government qualified personnel.