In a circular dated 4 December, the Maputo’s Harbour Master advised that crew changes would henceforth be possible in the terminals of Maputo and Matola.
Vessels will need to communicate their requests for crew changes to the port in writing via their ship or protective agents in advance. They should specify the names, ranks and full particulars of the off- or on- signer(s) and indicate the estimated dates and details of the operation.
On-signers will require an official negative PCR test result issued up to 72 hours before their arrival in Mozambique.
Off-signers must obtain a valid and offical negative PCR test result from one of the laboratories approved by the local Sanitary Authorities:
Sistema Nacional de Saude
Hospital Privado de Maputo
The off-signer should not leave the vessel before a negative PCR result from a test carried in accordance with the PCR protocol has been communicated by the Sanitary Authorities to the Harbour Master, and the vessel has received his written authorisation to disembark the off-signer.
If the PCR test has been carried out by a recognised health facility which is not on the above list, the Direction of Sanitary Authorities in Maputo will have to validate the result.
The full details of the arrangements, including quarantine in specified hotels and transport arrangements in Maputo are detailed in the circular.
Budd’s local representative asked the Harbour Master if crew changes would be possible at Outer Port Limits or within inner anchorage. This would be possible. Vessels must seek authorisation in advance and follow the procedures set out in the circular. The Harbour Master will advise the best position for vessels to undertake such operations safely depending on the prevailing conditions (availability of boats, weather, etc.)