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Notice to Mariners No 4 of 2020 - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Port of Tyne – NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Reporting Requirements

Notice is hereby given that the following instructions are issued in light of the outbreak of the novel-coronavirus and its implications on visiting vessels.

Under UK and International Health Regulations, vessels entering port are normally required to submit a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) only when there has been an occurrence on board that may affect public health.

Port of Tyne, in conjunction with Tyne Port Health Authority, advise that due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, additional requirements to submit a Maritime Declaration of Health will now apply, effective from Monday 16th March 2020 at 0001, and until further notice is given.

Masters and Agents of ALL vessels must ensure that a Maritime Declaration of Health is completed and passed to the Tyne Port Health Authority and to Tyne VTS for vessels arriving to any berth / facility within Port of Tyne area of jurisdiction.

Masters are advised that all vessels arriving from non-UK ports will be asked by Tyne VTS by VHF radio to confirm that they have submitted their Maritime Declaration of Health prior to pilot boarding (if subject to compulsory pilotage), or prior to entering Port of Tyne jurisdiction (if not subject to compulsory pilotage).

Failure to submit the form may result in cancelled pilotage or delays to the vessel’s arrival and entry and reporting to the Port Health Authority.

All enquiries regarding the Maritime Declaration of Health should be directed to the Tyne Port Health Authority:

Environmental Health
Public Protection Services
Quadrant (East)
Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY
Tel: (0191) 643 6100
Out of hours: 07816 931413
Fax: 0191 643 2016

Notice to Mariners No 4 of 2020 Covid-19 Requirement to Submit Maritime Declaration of Health

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