Accessibility.SkipToMainContent
Health and safety

Australian ports relax quarantines for transiting seafarers

24 March 2020

Maritime unions in Australia have welcomed a decision by Western Australian port authorities to relax rules which meant that seafarers transiting the country had to spend 14 days in quarantine before being allowed to leave.

Port regulations in Australia are determined by State authories and have been changing rapidly over the past week.

Some Australian ports had initially placed a ban on ships and seafarers from entering at all if they had been in any country outside of Australia within the last 14-days, but this was quickly downgraded to requiring seafarers transiting the country to quarantine for 14 days before onwards travel.

However, due to continued pressure from unions including Nautilus Federation member the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers (AIMPE), many of these restrictions have now been removed.

Most ports are now allowing ships to enter and for crew changes to take place as long as precautions are followed. However, due to the rapidly changing situation seafarers are recommended to check current restrictions at the specific port before entering.

Nautilus members who are concerned or are experiencing difficulties related to the coronavirus outbreak are advised to contact their industrial organiser for assistance.


Tags

More articles

Featured
Health and safety

Nautilus FAQs on Covid-19 Coronavirus

  • Telegraph
  • 26 March 2020
Members at work

Union backs calls for free crew internet

Nautilus has backed calls for crew internet, data and satellite calls to be made free for three months to cover the peak infection period expected of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • News
  • 23 March 2020
Government

European Commission approves 'Green Lane' system for free movement of transport workers

In the face of declarations from several EU countries that they will be closing their borders during the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Commission is insisting that there must still be cross-border movement of freight on land and at sea to ensure the delivery of essential supplies.

  • News
  • 24 March 2020
Government

Covid-19: UK government designates seafarers as key workers

Following sustained pressure from Nautilus and other transport unions, the UK government has officially designated seafarers as key workers.

  • News
  • 20 March 2020
Health and safety

Maritime professionals top of agenda as Union and social partners lobby for vital protections

The importance of seafarers to the world economy has been driven home by Nautilus International in highlighting the vital role they play keeping trade and goods flowing – including medical supplies – during the coronavirus pandemic

  • News
  • 20 March 2020
Members at work

Social partners unite to protect maritime professionals during pandemic

Nautilus has joined with Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union and the UK Chamber of Shipping to protect the national interest from the economic impact of the Covid-19 emergency.

  • News
  • 23 March 2020
Health and safety

Nautilus backs calls for multi-million-pound government support package

Nautilus International has backed a call from the UK Chamber of Shipping for an immediate multi-million pound government support package to ensure the shipping industry can continue to bring in the food, goods and medicines the UK will need to fight the coronavirus.

  • News
  • 20 March 2020
Health and safety

ITF calls for affiliates to share best practices in supporting seafarers during Covid-19 pandemic

Seafarer unions globally have been asked to share their government's best practices on dealing with the Covid-19 global health emergency.

  • News
  • 23 March 2020
Health and safety

Port authorities failing to give seafarers basic medical care amid Covid-19 pandemic

Unwell seafarers are being denied basic medical care by port authorities struggling to deal with the spread of the Covid-19 virus and are being forced to rely on radio medical advice.

  • News
  • 23 March 2020
International

Singapore shuts its border to seafarers

Singapore, one of the world's busiest ports, will from 23 March at 23:59hrs shut its borders to seafarers and passengers on short term visits and crew changes will also be banned.

  • News
  • 23 March 2020
Government

Covid-19: Nautilus presses Scottish government on relief crew travel, shore leave and keeping ports open

Nautilus and other transport unions have held a high-level meeting with the Scottish Government to urge special recognition of seafarers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • News
  • 23 March 2020
Health and safety

CalMac designates crew key workers as Scots close down ferries to non-essential travel

CalMac designates crew key workers as Scots close down ferries to non-essential travel

  • News
  • 23 March 2020
Members at work

Thames Clippers to maintain full pay for crews under reduced timetable

Thames Clippers – a major employer of Nautilus members – is to scale down its service following a 75% reduction of business due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

  • News
  • 20 March 2020
Health and safety

DFDS suspends onboard services as part of UK bar and restaurant ban

Ferry operator DFDS has decided to suspend its onboard services on UK-France routes during the Covid-19 pandemic – in line with the UK government's decision to close pubs and restaurants on land.

  • News
  • 23 March 2020
Health and safety

MCA to extend medical certificates by up to three months

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) will extend medical certificates by up to three months for seafarers caught up in the coronavirus pandemic

  • News
  • 20 March 2020
Health and safety

MCA suspends oral exams

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has confirmed that oral exams will be suspended from 23 March for anyone who has arrived from outside the UK in the last 14 days, as part of a range of measures to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

  • News
  • 20 March 2020
Health and safety

Stella Maris welfare support pledge for seafarers and fishing vessel crews

Port chaplains are making the digital transition to adapt and continue their welfare service support for seafarers and fishing vessel crews during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • News
  • 23 March 2020
Welfare

Liverpool seafarer centre increases ship visits to Covid-19 vessel-bound crews

Liverpool seafarer centre increases ship visits to Covid-19 vessel-bound crews

  • News
  • 23 March 2020

Become a Nautilus member today