International ports tighten the rules for Chinese ships to approach the port

 International ports tighten the rules for Chinese ships to approach the port

According to the safety notice from the U.S. Coast Guard provided by a shipping company, the U.S. side requires that ships and crew members who have been to mainland China (except Hong Kong and Macao) within 14 days can berth at U.S. ports if the crew members are not ill, but the crew members must stay on board unless special activities are required.

The U.S. Coast Guard believes that if within 14 days, the ship has crew on board in mainland China (excluding Hong Kong and Macao) ports, it is a dangerous ship, and it needs to notify the U.S. Coast Guard immediately.

Singapore maritime and Port Authority (MPA) announced on February 1 that according to the relevant regulations previously issued by the Ministry of health of Singapore, MPA will implement stricter preventive measures and increase quarantine procedures for passengers and crew who have visited mainland China in the past 14 days, as well as ships that have docked in mainland China in the past 14 days, but will not affect the berthing operation of ships.

However, according to the requirements of Singapores Ministry of health, all new visitors who have visited mainland China in the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter or transit Singapore. As crew members need to change shifts and disembark, this also means that crew members will not be allowed to change shifts and disembark in Singapore.

The actions of the two countries began to have a chain reaction. On February 3, the Ministry of health of the Philippines issued a notice that it will take a series of control measures at all ports for ships from China and other countries with high incidence of new crown epidemic, and cancel the right of all ships from the affected ports to directly berth at the wharf. It is forbidden for the crew from the affected port or country to go ashore. If the vessel has docked in China within two weeks and will be docked in the Philippines, the crew shall issue the maritime health certificate and declare when entering the next local port.

The Australian border service also announced on February 3 that it will implement strict quarantine measures for ships arriving from China from February 1. Vessels already bound for Australia before February 1 will not be affected, but vessels leaving mainland China for Australia on or after February 1 will be quarantined for 14 days. If the crew does not report any disease, the ship will work normally. If a crew member reports illness, the vessel will be re quarantined for 14 days.

Sydneys New South Wales port authority went further on February 4, saying it would delay pilotage services for ships in direct transit from China that stay at sea for less than 14 days in quarantine. That is to say, if it is less than 14 days before the ship leaves from the Chinese port and arrives in NSW, the port authority of the state will refuse to let the ship enter the port for docking, and it needs to wait for 14 days at the outer port to enter.

Small impact on commercial vessels

Huang Zhaolong, President of Desun Asia Pacific region, told 21st century economic news that according to the exact information he has so far, the provisions of compulsory quarantine and isolation period for ships from Chinas initial port of shipment / port of call published by some countries are currently only applicable to cruise ships. As for commercial ships, as long as the crew submit a declaration of normal health, it will not affect the operation of the port where the ship berths. Therefore, at present, we do not see the implementation of the embargo on vessels from Chinas port of origin / port of call.

According to the explanation of the relevant principals of foreign shipping companies, the regulations of these countries have little impact on the commercial ships departing from China, because they emphasize that the departure time from Chinese ports should be more than 14 days, rather than waiting for another 14 days when arriving at the destination port, while most cargo ships on the American and European lines have a navigation time of more than 14 days, and some ships less than 14 days can be adjusted Speed to achieve. The ships affected by the impact are those on Asian routes, which do not take as long to sail, or need to wait for some time in the open sea and ports.

Huang also admitted that the uncertainty brought about by the outbreak may cause delay in the shipment and inevitably lead to the delivery of goods by customers not being delivered on time.

Maersk revealed that except for Wuhan, the mainland of China, including employees, docks, offices and operating hardware and equipment, were not affected. According to the requirements of the local government, local employees in the back to work area were delayed to work at home to ensure uninterrupted business operation. All warehouses and storage yards shall be arranged to return to work according to the regulations of local governments.

In addition, Maersk also revealed to reporters that due to the extension of public holidays and the subsequent slowdown in demand, five routes have been suspended and the resumption time is to be determined.

Source: responsible editor of 21st century economic report: Wang Xiaowu NF