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Philippine Ports Bans Disembarkation of Vessel Crews over Coronavirus

Logistic News - Published on Mon, 10 Feb 2020

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The Philippine Ports Authority further tightened its noose in all ports, banning the disembarkation of vessel crews while docked at any PPA-controlled ports. PPA likewise cancelled all visitation privileges given to relatives of Filipino seafarers to board as well as boarding privileges of non-government organizations extending emotional and spiritual help to seafarers. PPA made the decision in order to protect Philippine borders from further contamination with the deadly Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease. However, vessels calling at any Philippine port more than 14 days after calling at any China port, shall be allowed without any restrictions, Santiago added.

To ensure that this is implemented, a special team shall be deployed to monitor the movements of personnel and people inside the port. PPA is also coordinating closely with the Office for Transportation Security and the Maritime Industry Authority as well as agents of ships calling in the Philippines to issue parallel directives within their jurisdiction.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Mon, 10 Feb 2020
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