COP DIRECTS SHIPS TO FOLLOW GUIDELINES ON EVD

Panaji; Nov 7, 2014 The Captain of Ports has directed all the Masters/Owners/Agents of ships to inform the vessels calling port of Panaji –Goa to follow below mentioned guidelines as a preventive measure to detect and handle EVD in view of outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa which has the potential to spread through people traveling to other countries by Air or Sea.

Master of the Vessel has to inform ETA 96 Hrs prior arrival Panaji – Goa and last 10 Ports of call.

Also he has to declare ports of call to any EVD affected countries for the last 2 months. Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria are EVD affected countries. Only after issue of Free Pratique by Port Health officer, boarding/disembarking of crew can commence and will be allowed on contact with other Vessel of the Masters.

Screening of all crew on board the vessels arrived from EVD affected countries to be carried out at point of Entry. On detection of EVD, Captain of Ports and Port Health Authorities to be alerted.

State Health Authorities to informed for further assistance and actions. All Owners/Masters/Agents of Ships and Passenger Launches are therefore to confirm to the requirement of this circular with immediate effect.

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