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India – Novel Coronavirus Update

Vessels arriving from ports of infected countries identified for mandatory quarantine and travel ban by MoHFW, Govt. of India 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 as given in the Annex 1.

The updated list of infected countries may be obtained from the website of MoHFW, Govt. of India. (www.mohfw.gov.in) or at this link.

Vessels arriving from any port in China to have the necessary quarantine period of 14 days.

Stoppages of a vessel at any port of infected countries only for bunkering purposes shall not be counted for the calculation of 14 days from port of departure.

Vessels that have arrived at Indian port after 14 days of departure from an infected port need not comply with the additional requirements specified.

Ports which are not able not comply with the additional requirements specified in Annex 1 shall not allow the vessels to berth for vessels which have arrived within 14 days from the infected countries.

Annex 1 may be obtained from india.pas@benlineagencies.in

The following ports have declared Force Majeure till now: Gangavaram, Dhamra, Mundra, Krishnapatnam, Karaikal, Gopalpur, Adani Hazira, Gujarat Maritime Board, Adani Petronet Dahej, Muldwarka, Jaigarh, Chettinad Coal Terminal New Mangalore, Chettinad International Coal Terminal (Ennore), Goa – South West Port Ltd., Dighi Port, Karwar, Kakinada Anchorage Port, Sanghi Port, Visakhapatnam (applicable to PPP projects only), Haldia, Kandla, Angre Port, Kolkata, Chennai Port.

The Government of India has extended the lock down for 2 weeks till 31st May 2020 except for essential services. Port Operations has been notified as an “essential service.” Despite declaring Force Majeure, all ports are operational except Karwar Port and Dighi Port. However, ports are facing issues due to shortage of labour.

Ports where we can undertake assignments for crew change of Indian Nationals are: Chennai, Tuticorin, Gangavaram, Vizag, Kakinada, Pipavav, Mundra, Kandla, Tuna, Sikka and Vadinar.

Crew change can also be done at Kolkata, Haldia, Kochi, New Mangalore, Krishnapatnam, Mumbai, Goa, Dahej, Hazira and Muldwarka but takes longer to obtain the clearances. 

Paradip is allowing sign-off only under medical emergency. Haldia is allowing only sign-on crew. Crew change at Dhamra is allowed only on emergency grounds. SOP at other ports are still being finalized.

Goa Port to accept vessel’s within 14 days of departure from affected country as per strict compliance of DGS order 4 and SOP issued by Port.