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BENIN CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 UPDATE

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Update 2nd April 2020

Lettre de OMA Benin Covid-19
Letter from OMA Benin Covid 19
Dear Valued Clients, Partners, Principals and Stakeholders.
In view of the recent developments on the COVID-19, governments and local authorities around the world are calling for cities and nationwide mandatory lockdowns.  Due to this, OMA Benin Sarl wish to remain fully operational by implementing a “Work From Home” strategy, starting from 30th march to the 10th April 2020. During this period our Shipping, Logistics and Liner activities will continue to run with a limited staff on duty in our premises and the remaining personnel working remotely. In any case, we shall continue to be at your full disposal through emails, phone and video calls.

Kindly, be ensured that, we shall continue to give you timely updates of changes and new developments regarding this situation. For more information, please visit our website www.omagroup.com   Please keep adopting barrier gestures and keep Safe.
Kind Regards,
OMA Benin

COTONOU PORT AUTHORITY MEASURES CURRENTLY IN FORCE (letter dated 27th March)
Port Authority measures 270320 English
Porth Authority measures 270320 French  

1) All vessel Masters calling at Cotonou port must submit the following documents to the Harbour Master (through appointed ship ageny) 48 hours prior to the vessel arrival at Cotonou roads.  Please note that no vessels will be allowed to berth without submitting these documents:

  • 10 last port of call list
  • Memorandum stating the whole crew health status
  • Crew list (Crew list must show place and date of embarkation)

2) After vessel berthing, sanitary officials will board for health and sanitary inspection

  • No person will be allowed to board the vessel or disembark from the vessel prior to the completion of the sanitary inspection and delivery of free pratique by sanitary officials.
  • Cargo operations will commence only after free pratique duly delivered to the vessel.

3) During a call at Cotonou port

  • Crew members are no longer allowed to go ashore; all shore passes are suspended.
  • All crew or passengers who embarked a vessel less than 14 days prior to the vessel arrival/berthing at Cotonou port should be self-isolated, quarantined and remain on board till vessel leaves Cotonou port.
  • Crew change (crew embarkation & disembarkation) at berth or anchorage is suspended till further notice.
  • Cruise vessel and passenger vessel port calls are no longer allowed until further notice
  • 4- All port operators (shipping agents, stevedores, clearing agents, trucks owners) are

The Cotonou Port Authority environment inspectors will proceed with unplanned visits to assess the effectiveness of the respect of the above listed measures.