KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 -- All sailors, regardless of nationality, are not allowed to sign off or on at any Malaysian port, to curb the spread of COVID-19.
In a notice to ship owners, shipping agents, skippers, sailors, port authorities, recognised bodies and the maritime industry, the Marine Department Malaysia (JLM) announced that the action was exempted if a sailor on board the ship required a medical evacuation or already had explicit symptoms of COVID-19 and received the confirmation of JLM on the approved port.
A crew-change activity due to such matters is only allowed if the ship involved was operating not in compliance with the Safe Manning Document requirement and only a Malaysian crew is allowed to sign on.
In addition, for medical evacuation, the ship owner, captain or agent must contact the Maritime Communication Centre (PUSKOM) via +603-3169-5233/5201 to arrange a suitable port of evacuation.
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