New “sick crew” rule at Fujairah port

Swedish Club has issued a Member Alert, noting a new regulation implemented by Harbour Master Captain Tamer Masoud at Fujairah port in the UAE with regard to the disembarking of sick or injured crew from vessels.

Vessels that disembark sick or injured cr ew members at Fujairah will not be granted permission to sail out until the crew is declared fit to travel, or until the vessel owners or their agents arrange for their visa and repatriation.

In the event of an injury or death, the same has to be notified to the Police Authorities and the vessel will not be permitted to depart until it receives a clearance from the Police General Head Quarters.

The regulation came into force on 19th January.

Swedish Club said it was of the opinion that in future for such cases, and in order to avoid delays, “members may wish to consider alternate/nearby ports like Jebel Ali/Sohar for any crew disembarkation on medical grounds in the future”.