The Namibian Ports Authority Takes Precautionary measures against the Coronavirus Pandemic


The Namibian Ports Authority issued a memo on 28 January 2020 to all Ship Captains, Ship agents, Shore skippers and Skippers detailing the process to be followed before, as well as when a vessel arrives in port. This screening and clearing process will be carried out by Port Health. Port Health resides under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), and is not part of the Namibian Ports Authority.

Before a vessel arrives on Namibian shores the vessel agent is required to provide all background documentation to MoHSS about the last port of call, the number of passengers and the general conditions on board. Once the Port Health is satisfied with all the required documentation, a “free pratique” issued which certifies the vessel is clear of any contagious diseases. Upon receipt of the “free pratique”, the Port Captain will allow the vessel to enter the Port and dock alongside the quay at Namport.
Strict screening measures are adhered to ensure the health and safety of passengers, crew on-board before disembarking the vessel and initial screenings occur upon boarding the vessel to start their journey.
Any passenger suspected to be infected with the virus will be isolated on board, and if need be, evacuated as per Port Health (mandated by the Ministry of Health and Social Services) procedures. The vessel will in this case also be quarantined. If any crew member present a high temperature of more than 38 degrees and possible history of exposure, he/ she will be isolated in the hospital room on board of the ship. The secondary surveillance form will be completed for further details and this person will be attended to by the state doctor/nurse.

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