Late on the night of 18 March 2020, after a vessel from an epidemic-prone area docked at a berth, staff of the No. 2 Ship Supervision Office of the Dapeng Customs who were already waiting there boarded immediately to conduct entry inspection on the vessel, namely taking every crew member’s temperature, collecting and verifying their Health Declaration Cards, reading out the measures taken by the Customs on COVID-19 prevention and control, and carrying out medical inspections, animal and plant inspections and sanitary supervision on the crew’s living quarters.
According to the Central Administration of Customs, vessels recently coming from the 24 epidemic-stricken countries (and regions) including South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy should be subject to entry inspection. At present, approximately 30 shipping services, which come from the epidemic-stricken areas, should be inspected before loading and unloading at the port every week.
Since many vessels from the epidemic--stricken areas have been calling at Yantian Port, the No. 2 Ship Supervision Office of the Dapeng Customs has taken swift action following the guidance of the leaders of the Customs. They study all risks involved in the inspections, upgrade the personal protection level of the staff onboard the vessels, and collect related information. In the meantime, the Dapeng Customs has switched its work hours from nine-to-five to 24 hours with two shifts, to ensure that vessels can leave the port at the scheduled time and avoid overstaying charges. Now it provides round-the-clock services and can board and inspect ships that have made an appointment and arrive at the port late night. In this way, while fulfilling its task of inspections, the Dapeng Customs is able to facilitate the shipping lines and the port to maintain normal operations.
During the period of COVID-19 outbreak, Yantian Port has strictly followed the government guideline on inspection and quarantine to ensure the smooth operation of the port.