Yangon port orders 72-hour notice from arriving ships

The Myanma Port Authority will require 72-hours advanced notice from all ships arriving in Yangon and all crew members to undergo medical check-ups before docking, a senior official said.

U Zaw Tun Lwin, general manager of the port, said incoming and outbound traffic at the country’s main port remains normal.

“We send maritime health forms to all ships that want to enter our port,” he said. They would have to email them back at least 72 hours before they arrive. If one of the staff is sick, we halt the ship, and allow it to unload and load cargo only after our health team checks the ship and gives approval.”

The COVID-19 virus had spread to 159 countries and territories as of Thursday.

The port said that 172 vessels carrying 107,900 containers docked in Yangon in February, exceeding the 165 ships with 86,139 containers that arrived in the port in the same month last year.

“Containers are stacked when they arrive in port. When an owner shows the proper documents to the port authority, an order paper is issued,” U Zaw Tun Lwin said. “Once cleared, the containers can be taken out after a permit is issued by Customs. There is no delay in our port. We are clearing out containers as quickly as possible.”

Cargo ships arriving at Yangon include those from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and China.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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