South American ports act to prevent Covid-19 spread

Many South American countries have increased security measures in their ports to prevent the spread of Covid-19 amongst employees.

In Peru, APM Terminals Callao and Paracas Port Terminal (TPParacas) continued to operate normally, although it has implemented new opening hours for its invoicing and documented processing areas. The National Port Authority of Peru (APN) has said that people and vehicles that carry out activities related to the transport of cargo and merchandise must identify themselves and present the required documentation to members of the Armed Forces and the National Police.

In Ecuador the Corporation of Maritime Practices of the Port of Guayaquil has  requested that  that pilotage operations be carried out in a single integrated system that is under the control of the National Navy. Corporation president, Jose Segovia said that it was necessary to implement more exhaustive sanitary controls for pilots when they join and leave ships. Guayaquil’s Port Authority (APG) has prohibited the disembarkation of passengers and crew from tourist cruises.

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) said that it had introduced tough health protocols, but insisted that it had not neglected the quality standards of its service.

In Argentina the Government has exempted pilots from being subject to quarantine. The general manager of the General Administration of Ports (AGP), Jose Beni, worked with the Ministry of Health to produce regulations that enable pilots to comply with the country’s strict Covid-19 prevention measures

In Colombia the Buenaventura Port Society is responsible for tracking the routes of ships that arrive at the port. The crews of international ships are not allowed to disembark.