Issues for Owners at Chinese ports if crew test positive for Covid-19

Due to a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases in China linked to vessels arriving at Chinese ports following crew changes, the local Customs Authority has introduced enhanced procedures for testing crew members for Covid-19 when vessels call at Chinese ports.  The Club’s local Correspondents, Oasis P&I, have issued the attached Circular to explain the new procedures and the ensuing consequences for Members and their vessels if any crew member is  tested positive for Covid-19. We strongly recommend that Members review the Correspondents’ Circular and be guided by the same. The Correspondents specifically recommend that careful arrangements are made to test crew members for Covid-19 when the crew members sign-on to avoid the subsequent problems highlighted in the Circular, when the vessel arrives at Chinese ports. 

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Jacqueline Tan

Date19/08/2020

Source Legal Services Manager