Lerwick Harbour Authority has issued a Notice regarding COVID-19 procedures to all Mariners

Lerwick Harbour Authority has issued a Notice regarding COVID-19 procedures to all Mariners

Lerwick Harbour Authority has issued a Notice regarding COVID-19 procedures to all Mariners intending to land on the Shetland Islands.

The Notice reads:

There is currently a pandemic of a novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) which is affecting the UK among other countries.

This situation has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization Emergency Committee, under the International Health Regulations.

A Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) is required for all vessels on arrival from a foreign port. However, in response to this situation regarding COVID-19, Masters of all vessels arriving into Lerwick Harbour are advised that they are required to submit information using the Maritime Declaration of Health form at least 24 hours prior to arrival, or where the passage time is less upon departure from the last Port.

In addition to the Maritime Declaration of Health form, all Masters are to complete the attached supplementary questionnaire and submit this along with the Maritime Declaration of Health. All information should be supplied to your appointed agent for forwarding to the relevant Authorities for assessment.

Where a port operator or ship’s agent receives notice that there are ill persons on a vessel then:

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If the suspected case is a medical emergency, you must call 999 for medical assistance and you must inform attending services that the case has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

  • DO NOT disembark the patient or arrange alternative transport to a hospital until advised to do so.
  • DO NOT disembark any other crew or passengers.
  • Also, ask the Harbour Master to inform the NHS Public Health (local Health Protection Team) and the Environmental Health Service, Shetland Islands Council (Port Health Authority).

Masters are also reminded that should a crew member experience a reportable condition during the Vessel’s stay they must report this immediately to the Port Authority and Health Authorities.

The full Notice should be read by clicking here.

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Lerwick Harbour Authority issues Notice to mariners on COVID-19 procedures

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