BUSAN TAKES STEPS TO PREVENT CREW DESERTION

Published: October 29, 2020

Our Correspondents in Korea, P&I Bros, advise that the Busan District Port Authority have issued the following notification, which came into effect on 8 October 2020:

Following a number of desertions of seafarers from various countries (mostly in the South Asia region), all agents and ships’ Masters are now requested to arrange for 2 or more private registered security guards to be posted around ships with seafarers from these areas while the ships are in Busan Port. The guards must be posted during the period from berthing to the ship’s deberthing, to prevent unauthorized disembarkation or desertion of seafarers from the ships. One or more guards must be stationed on board the ship at night. The others should be posted ashore around the ship. The guards must report to the port authority every 6 hours, 4 times per day.

The Master of each ship is required to provide seafarers with appropriate training on unauthorized shore leave, unauthorized desertion and unauthorized disembarkation. The Master is also required to check for any desertions every four hours starting from the time the ship is berthed, and any desertions must be reported to the administrator of the relevant Regional Office of Oceans and Fisheries via the Owners’ agents. The appointed security guards must obey the established COVID-19 safety and prevention rules.

For full details of the regulations, Members are advised to contact their local agents in Busan.

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