This factsheet provides information for NSW based staff that work at a seaport.
The Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order sets conditions on persons arriving on a vessel that:
Seaport or designated workers may only board a vessel if they are undertaking an essential task, if authorised by the current Public Health (COVID-19 Maritime Quarantine) Order 2021, or if issued an exemption. Movement onto a vessel should be minimised and considered, only if deemed necessary for the operation of the vessel or port dealings.
Seaport workers must also receive permission to board a vessel from Port Authority (if they are contracted by the Port Authority) and/or their employer, if directly contracted by other port providers or operators (as the case may be).
Before boarding, please ensure that seaport workers receive authorisation to board a vessel from Port Authority and their employer.
When boarding the vessel or undertaking an essential task, a person must:
There is no enforced time limit that a seaport worker can stay aboard a vessel. Duration should be minimal and confined to completing task. Essential personnel should not sleep on vessel. However, precautions should be taken to minimise transmission of COVID-19 such as:
When interacting with an international vessel or a crew member in any way you must take reasonable steps to minimise exposure and spread of COVID-19 including use of appropriate PPE.
The employer is responsible for providing appropriate PPE to their employees to minimise the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate risk of exposure, in partnership with other COVID-19 safe measures.
PPE should be appropriately put on (donned), worn and removed (doffed). Donning and doffing of PPE should be in accordance with the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC)'s guidance. Disposable PPE can be placed into a general waste bin and hands should be sanitised immediately post removal of PPE.
The factsheet on Appropriate personal protective equipment for maritime workers has been developed to provide guidance on the types of PPE that may be applicable in various maritime based settings.
Seaport workers are considered border workers that fall under the Phase 1a Vaccination rollout. Family members of seaport workers are also eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccination under Phase 1b.
For more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, please visit Frequently asked questions – NSW Health Phase 1a/1b vaccine rollout.
There are a range of resources available to support the wellbeing Australian seaport workers. If you are experiencing personal crisis, or are concerned for a loved one, you can call the following services for assistance and counselling: