Information and guidance on COVID-19
COVID-19 Guidance and frequently asked questions - Shipping and Sea Ports
• Updates and posters on COVID-19 are available at: here
• The NI Direct website for official Northern Ireland communication. here
• The UK Government publish regularly updated general advice at here
• There are general principles you can follow to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
· wash your hands often - with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
· avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
· avoid close contact with people who are sick
· if you feel unwell, stay at home, do not attend work or school
· cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin. See Catch it, Bin it, Kill it
· clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home and work environment
· if you are worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment
• There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 acute respiratory disease. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
• Reminder of the reporting mechanism of a case of suspected infectious disease on board a vessel is the maritime declaration of health and during office hours ring Port Health on 02890 351199 or out of hours 07968903149.
• Health Gateways interim advice for ship operators - here
• guidance to port and terminal operators on self- presenters displaying COVID-19 symptoms at ports and airports can be accessed at: here
Going forward all ships (except scheduled ferry services) entering Belfast:-
1. Must provide a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) to Port Health and Port Operations prior to arrival in the format required by the International Health Regulations - see attached.
2. A supplementary questionnaire has been developed by Belfast Harbour and circulated by Notice to Mariners (see below) . This must be presented prior to arrival in Belfast Port. This questionnaire focuses on crew changes and passengers that have travelled from or through the infected areas (see below DFT Guidance) in the last 14 days or been in contact with a confirmed case.
3. Any crew or passenger presenting with symptoms at Belfast Port must remain isolated in their cabin and Belfast Port Health or Public Health Agency be contacted as per attached guidance.
4. Guidance on cleaning and watse disposal can be found here