Southern Ports Reviews 14 Day At Sea Protocol
- Published: 21 February 2022
International vessels able to supply evidence of negative Rapid Antigen Tests for all crew members within 24 hours of the pilot boarding time will be able to enter port without completing the 14 day requirement from Monday 21 February 2022.
Southern Ports Chief Executive Officer Steve Lewis said this enhanced measure was reflective of the changing nature of the pandemic.
“As a State we are shifting our focus to reopening our borders and managing community transmission, so it was appropriate for us to review our COVID-19 protocols for shipping,” Mr Lewis said.
“RATs have become a critical diagnostic tool, and give us an enhanced opportunity to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for our staff, port users and our communities.
“When we introduced the 14 day measure, self-testing on board was not available, so enforcing an isolation period for international vessels offered an additional layer of protection.”
Under the new protocol, if a vessel is unable to provide evidence of negative RATs from all crew, then the vessel will remain under the previous protocol and a pilot will only be scheduled after 14 days has elapsed from their last overseas port visit.
Seafarers are still required to adhere to the State Government’s Maritime Crew Member Directions, and will not be permitted to disembark when in port.
Please click here for more information on the 14 Day Protocol and the changes being made.