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GPC responds to Coronavirus

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) continues to make health, the safety of its workers and the wider community a top priority.

 

GPC acts on the latest advice from Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) and Federal authorities in relation to acceptance of vessels into Queensland Ports.

 

This is a dynamic situation and we are ready to respond to updated requirements for vessels arriving at Queensland ports as the need arises.

 

On 15 March 2020, the Australian Government announced that all travellers entering Australia from 0001 AEDST 16 March 2020 must undertake a precautionary self-isolation period for up to 14 days upon entry to Australia (inclusive of Australian citizens and permanent residents). These measures apply to all travellers entering Australia via aircraft and vessels.

Australian Boarder Force (ABF) Requirements:

As of 17 March 2020 Australian Boarder Force has introduced the following for all commercial vessels arriving from outside Australia:

  • All crew must remain on-board while the vessel is berthed in Australia.

  • Crew are only able to disembark to conduct essential vessel functions and crew must wear personal protective equipment while performing these functions.

  • These restrictions apply until 14 days has elapsed since the vessel departed the last port before Australia, unless crew are unwell or there is a suspected case of COVID-19 onboard.

  • The period maritime crew spend at sea prior to their arrival in Australia counts towards the 14-day period of self-isolation. In practice, if a vessel has travelled for ten days since last being in a foreign port, the period of precautionary self-isolation for its crew members would be the remaining four days.

 

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) Requirements:

Under MSQ direction announced 18 March 2020, ships must not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 14 days have elapsed since the ship's departure from any port outside Australia if:

  • The ship left, or transited through a port outside Australian Territorial Waters after 2359 hours Australian Standard Time on 15 March 2020, or;

  • Any crew or other person on board (a relevant person) has travelled to or transited through a country outside Australia after 2359 hours Australian Standard Time on 15 March 2020.
     

This means that all ships, regardless of last international port, must not enter a Queensland pilotage area until 14 days have elapsed since the ship or any relevant person on board the ship left a foreign country, whichever is later. This only applies to vessels that departed their last port AFTER 2359 hours 15 March 2020.

GPC continues to monitor the situation and are in continuous liaison with State and Federal agencies, including chief medical officers and Australian Bio Security advices (Australian Border Force).

 

GPC continues to maintain their crisis management activation until further notice. The safety and well-being of our personnel, will continue to be of paramount priority.

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