COVID-19: Dockworkers/Seafarers are essential workers, exempted from travel restrictions, says NIMASA
• Agency unveils guidelines for terminals, jetties
The Management of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA] has designated seafarers and dockworkers as essential workers who should be exempted from travel restrictions.
protocols by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO] designed to lift barriers to crew changes, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
essential to the national economy and, therefore, dockworkers should be granted passage between their places of abode and the seaports/terminals and jetties to perform their duties.
transportation to convey the seafarers, adding that such transport system must be disinfected within the recommended minimum hours.
mandatory temperature check on all staff before access to terminals, and denial of entry to persons who present temperature above 38°C.
guidelines for all personnel and operations in the areas of vulnerability within their maritime operations that can be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including cargo handling, access control, and rostering procedures.
pandemic while also supporting the continuation of the economy.
to ensure social distancing of two meters is maintained between people in the workplace and other public spaces within and around port terminals.
Organisation (WHO) and International Labour Organisation (ILO), as well as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).