Port Health Authority Rotterdam (PHAR)

13 March 2020
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Update 06 April 2020

Port Health Authority Rotterdam (PHAR)

The Port Health Authority Rotterdam is the competent authority for the management of infectious diseases in the port of Rotterdam. The Port Coordination Centre is the contact desk for ships, crew and other parties working in the port of Rotterdam. The parties working with the PHAR include: Rotterdam-Rijnmond Municipal Health Service, the Harbour Health Centre, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam (EMC), Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), the Dutch Coastguard, Rotterdam-Rijnmond Safety Region, Dutch Food and Commodities Authority, Seaport Police, Radio Medical Service, the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Harbour Master. The Harbour Master Division and the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Municipal Health Service are coordinating the response to COVID-19 (the coronavirus) and they consult daily.

More stringent procedure for the Maritime Declaration of Health (MDoH)

With effect from 13 March, ALL seagoing vessels must submit the Maritime Declaration of Health (MDoH) in good time. It should be sent by email to the Port Health Authority Rotterdam(link sends e-mail) (PHAR): This MDoH must have been signed in the last 24 hours and it must be sent at least 6 hours prior to arrival at Pilot Station.

The Port Coordination Centre coordinates the follow-up and asks the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Municipal Health Service for recommendations about the reported case.

In addition, we follow the national guidelines. To limit the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible, everyone is advised to respect hygiene measures.

These are:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Cough and sneeze on the inside of your elbow
  • Use paper tissues and throw them away immediately after using them once
  • Touch your nose, mouth and face as little as possible.
  • Do not shake hands
  • It is also very important as an employer to comply with government recommendations relating to your employees. In this way, we can prevent the spread of the virus among our employees and any possible spread by employees going on board vessels.

Yellow flag (quarantine)

In the Netherlands, the MDoH is used to report possible infectious diseases to the authorities. Some countries work with a yellow quarantine flag. This is not necessary in the Netherlands. As soon as a ship has submitted an MDoH and it has been assessed by the Municipal Health Service, the captain will be informed whether additional measures are necessary. If a ship continues to sail under a yellow flag, we request you to inform the Port Coordination Centre (+31 (0)10 252 1000 or VHF channel 11).