Due to coronavirus, many ports have implemented safety measures for vessels coming from countries with confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV, especially from China. Since the situation is quickly evolving, it can be expected that many more countries will issue safety measures at their ports.
The newest World Health Organization report highlights 16 countries where the virus was confirmed. That list includes:
China, Japan, Republic of Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, United States of America, Canada, France, Germany, United Arab Emirates.
Most often used safety measures involve quarantine stations, temperature screenings, Maritime declarations of Health send by the Master of a vessel prior to its arrival, Free Pratique confirmations, identifying high-risk vessels – which are vessels coming from China or other countries where coronavirus have been confirmed and necessary Port Health clearances among others.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued guidance to shipowners in the face of the coronavirus. The advice provided to shipowners highlights the need for:
• Exit screening at ports in the affected areas to detect symptomatic travelers and prevent the exportation of the disease. This includes checking for signs and symptoms and keeping confirmed cases under isolation and treatment.
• Implementing health information campaigns to raise awareness on how to receive assistance if someone is showing symptoms.
• Collaborating with public health authorities for case management onboard ships, should a traveler with symptoms be detected.
Common symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus(2019-nCoV) typically include a fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness like a cough or difficulty breathing.