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COVID-19 Update

Patrick Terminals COVID-19 Update

Last Updated: 29 April 2020

Patrick Terminals continues to closely monitor developments in relation to the COVID-19 (CoronaVirus) pandemic and we are taking measures to help manage the risk of the spread of the virus, including full compliance with government directives. Patrick Terminals is committed to working to limit the spread of the virus.

The Australian Government has moved to stage 3 of restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Australia, and Patrick Terminals is adhering to these new measures.

We have experienced some minor disruption at our Fremantle and Sydney Container Terminals related to COVID-19. However, these instances have been resolved, and operations are now back to normal. All other terminals are operating as normal, and there is no impact on our ability to service vessels at any of our terminals.  We will continue to update contingency plans (where appropriate) as the situation unfolds.

As an essential supply chain service, Patrick Terminals is subject to the full range of Government requirements relating to COVID-19. Much of the cargo that Patrick Terminals unloads is essential to keeping the wheels of the economy turning and the shelves of Australia’s stores stocked.

Patrick Terminals prides itself on providing market-leading service levels and will seek to mitigate any temporary disruption to service levels as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Australian Government has implemented restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Non-Australian citizens and non-Australian residents are not permitted to enter Australia, via aircraft or sea vessel, unless an exemption applies.
  • All Australian citizens and permanent residents are prohibited from departing Australia unless an exemption applies.
  • All passengers arriving in Australia will be subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14-days at their first Australian destination unless an exemption applies.

The following arrangements are in place for maritime crew:

  • Maritime crew may enter and depart Australia.
  • Maritime crew are not subject to the mandatory 14-day quarantine however, they will be required to comply with self-isolation requirements.
  • Maritime crew may be subject to additional state and territory controls.
  • Maritime crew includes any person required to be part of a crew operating a commercial vessel or an offshore installation (i.e. oil and gas) in Australian waters. This includes Australian and New Zealand Citizens, permanent residents, maritime crew visa holders and sub-class 400 (temporary specialist worker) visa holders.

This advice does not apply to crew on cruise ships.

Marine pilots are captured under the definition of maritime crew for purposes of travel to and from Australia by air.

Vessels may berth in Australia at any time, however if the vessel arrives within 14-days from their last international port of call the following restrictions apply:

  • All crew must remain on-board while the vessel is berthed in Australia.
  • Crew are able to disembark to conduct essential vessel functions and crew must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while performing these functions.
  • Crew should restrict their interaction with non-crew members to those interactions that are critical to the safe operation and loading/unloading of the vessel.
    • Crew must also use PPE in public spaces on-board the vessel while non-crew members are on-board. PPE includes surgical style respiratory mask and gloves.
  • These restrictions apply until 14-days has elapsed since the vessel departed the last foreign port before Australia, and where there are no reports of crew being or having been unwell, or there is a suspected case of COVID-19 on-board.
    • Shore leave may occur after the 14-day period has been completed.
  • Crew can leave the vessel within the 14-day period in the following circumstances:
    • To depart Australia, however, crew must proceed directly to the airport and depart; or they must self-isolate at their accommodation until the time they proceed to the airport.
    • To join another vessel but must self-isolate at their accommodation for the remainder of the 14-day self-isolation period or until signing on to the next vessel.
    • Australian crew and Australian permanent residents can travel to their home and complete self-isolation.
    • Crew should also check any domestic isolation requirements and exemptions with the relevant state or territory health authority if transiting domestically.

The period maritime crew spend at sea prior to their arrival in Australia counts towards the 14-day period of self-isolation. In practice, if a vessel has travelled for ten days since last being in a foreign port, the period of self-isolation for its crew would be the remaining four days.

Where a crew member has been reported as unwell, local biosecurity officers (in consultation with the local health authority) will provide advice on additional measures.

The State Governments have announced different measures for their relative states including some restrictions on entering particular states. These changes do not impact the travel of ships between ports.

Some States have implemented additional requirements:

New South Wales:

  • Restricted movement for commercial cargo vessels and ship’s crew for vessels that have previously called at any overseas location within the past 14 days.
  • Restricted movement for commercial cargo vessels and ship’s crew for vessels that have previously called at ports in China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. Vessels cannot berth in New South Wales within 14 days of departing those countries
  • All vessel masters must answer health screening questions as part of their entry reporting. Australian Border Force and Biosecurity officers remain responsible for border clearance processes. Vessels that report ill persons with relevant symptoms will undergo a human health inspection by a Biosecurity Officer on arrival in New South Wales, and before the vessel is granted pratique.
  • Crew are not to disembark the vessel under any circumstances unless in the event of an emergency or as authorised to do so by the NSW Commissioner of PoliceThe following persons are the only persons authorised to board, and subsequently disembark from, a vessel on which there is a relevant person:
    • a person who is required to board the vessel to assist the vessel to dock or depart,
    • a person who is required to board the vessel to assist in refuelling or restocking the vessel,
    • a person who is required to board the vessel to assist in loading or unloading cargo,
    • a person who is required to board the vessel to exercise border security, customs or quarantine functions,
    • a medical practitioner or other health practitioner who is required to board the vessel to provide medical treatment or testing to a person on board the vessel,
    • a person who is involved in the enforcement of this Order,
    • a person who is required to board the vessel in an emergency.

Queensland:

  • Restricted movement for commercial cargo vessels and ship’s crew for vessels that have previously called at any overseas location within the past 14 days.
  • Restricted movement for commercial cargo vessels and ship’s crew for vessels that have previously called at ports in China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. Vessels cannot berth in Queensland within 14 days of departing those countries
  • All vessel masters must answer health screening questions as part of their entry reporting. Australian Border Force and Biosecurity officers remain responsible for border clearance processes. Vessels that report ill persons with relevant symptoms will undergo a human health inspection by a Biosecurity Officer on arrival in Queensland, and before the vessel is granted pratique.

Patrick Terminals has placed the following measures in place in relation to COVID-19:

  • Enforcing employees who have returned from abroad to follow government isolation protocols which include self-isolation at home for 14 days
  • Restricted all business travel, both domestically and internationally, for all Patrick Terminals employees
  • Postponed all meetings and activities within the Patrick Terminals business that are not business-critical
  • Restricted visitors to only those invited by specific request to our sites and ask that all other visitors refrain from entering our sites
  • Increased cleaning and sanitisation across all locations in accordance with government guidelines
  • Provided and continue to provide educational material on hygiene and social distancing to all employees
  • Implemented social-distancing measures and processes for all employees and contractors
  • Terms of entry to each Patrick Terminals site have been updated and relevant authorised operational parties entering sites should refer to the specific details at each terminal

All Patrick sites have formulated workforce contingency plans to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our staff and operations, in the event that the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia worsens.

For further information on COVID-19, please refer to:

This page will be updated regularly as further information becomes available.