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Directions to Combat COVID-19 at Sea Ports Drawn Up

February 11, 2021

Department of Transport

Directions to combat the spread of Covid-19 at sea ports for Adjusted Alert Level 3 have been drawn up.

The transport department published the Directions in Government Gazette 44140 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

The Directions are designed to provide for the provision of improved access to hygiene and sterilisation control on ships, sea ports and at licensed port operations; commercial sea ports, foreign crew changes and prohibition on cruise ships calling at any of the sea ports; the prohibition of passenger vessels visiting South African sea ports; the repatriation of South African seafarers; medical evacuation; transportation of cargo and the implementation of a reporting, tracking, tracing and monitoring system at sea ports.

The Directions apply to all nine commercial ports.

They stipulate that all commercial sea ports remain open and foreign crew changes are permitted at all nine commercial ports.

International passenger ships are prohibited from disembarking any international passengers at any South African sea port.

Passenger ships are allowed to call at any local sea port only for disembarking returning South African citizens and holders of South African permanent residence permits; replenishing fuel, stores and provisions; medical evacuation and search and rescue.

Small crafts are allowed to call at the Port of Cape Town; Port of Durban and Port of Richards Bay for repairs, stores, provisions, refueling and leisure.

The transportation of cargo to and from sea ports is permitted.

A register of all personnel boarding a vessel in order to provide a service must be kept.

The Directions come into effect on the date of publication.