Update on ports situation 

25th February 2020

The Malta Chamber insists with Health Authorities to mobilise the necessary number of doctors and medics at the ports to screen crew members before discharge of cargo.

The Malta Chamber is closely monitoring the situation at the Ports and the directives issued to stevedores not to board ships until crew members are screened for potential Coronavirus infections.

In the interest of ascertaining the safety of stevedores and port workers as well as the efficient turnaround of ships and discharging of cargo, the Chamber is insisting that the Health Authorities mobilise the necessary number of doctors or medics at the ports to screen crew members before discharge of cargo. Such screening needs to be centrally coordinated by the Health Authorities and cannot be left to individual operators/agents to perform via arrangements with private health service providers.

The Chamber notes that the situation remains fluid and further updates will be provided, when available.

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