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Protocol for maritime crew members joining or signing off a vessel in Queensland

Effective from: 1am AEST 19 June 2021

Posted: 14 June 2021

Version 10

Application

  1. This is the protocol for maritime crew approved by the Chief Health Officer referred to in the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction (No. 9) and the Border Restrictions Direction (No.26) or their successors, unless otherwise revoked or amended. The Public Health Directions are made under s362B of the Public Health Act 2005. The Queensland Travel Declaration Direction also includes requirements for maritime crew.

  2. The protocol applies to maritime crew who are required to operate or provide services to support the operation of a commercial vessel, research vessel or government vessel that is in Australian waters and is 50 metres or more in length; collectively referred to as a vessel. This protocol does not apply to cruise vessels, private vessels, super yachts or recreational vessels.

  3. The protocol does not apply to vessels operated by the Australian Defence Force, Australian Border Force or vessels operated by the naval, military or air force of a foreign country. Any persons, including maritime crew members, on these vessels will be subject to the requirements under the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction (No. 9) and the Border Restrictions Direction (No.26) or their successors.

Checklist

  1. A Crew Changeover Checklist must be completed for each vessel where there are maritime crew joining or signing off a vessel in Queensland.

  2. The completed Crew Changeover Checklist must be endorsed by the Regional Harbour Master prior to a crew changeover taking place.

  3. The Crew Changeover Checklist is available on the Maritime Safety Queensland website.

Queensland Travel Declaration and Queensland Border Declaration Pass

  1. An endorsed Crew Changeover Checklist functions as a Queensland Travel Declaration or Queensland Border Declaration Pass for maritime crew who are entering Queensland to join or sign off a vessel.

  2. Maritime crew entering Queensland who have not been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days or since the start date identified for the COVID-19 hotspot, whichever is shorter must have a valid Queensland Travel Declaration in accordance with the Queensland Travel Declaration Direction (No.3) or its successors unless paragraph 7 applies.

  3. A Queensland Travel Declaration is valid for 14 days from the day of issue or unless a maritime crew member’s circumstances change, whichever is shorter.

  4. Maritime crew entering Queensland who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days or since the start date identified for the COVID-19 hotspot, whichever is shorter  but are not disembarking the vessel are not required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

  5. Maritime crew leaving quarantine for any of the reasons listed at 29 are not required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

  6. Maritime crew entering Queensland who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days or since the start date identified for the COVID-19 hotspot, whichever is shorter where paragraphs 7, 10 and 11 do not apply, are required to complete a Queensland Border Declaration Pass.

  7. The Queensland Travel Declaration is available at https://www.qld.gov.au/queensland-travel-declaration-form. The Queensland Border Declaration Pass is available at https://www.qld.gov.au/border-pass/queensland-border-declaration-pass.

Queensland International Arrivals Registration

  1. Maritime crew entering Queensland who have been overseas in the last 14 days are required to complete a Queensland International Arrivals Registration.

  2. The Queensland International Arrivals Registration is available at https://www.qld.gov.au/internationalarrivalstoqld/registration.

    Note: a maritime crew member who has only been in a safe travel zone country in the 14 days prior to arriving in Queensland and has travelled to Queensland on a quarantine-free flight is not required to complete a Queensland International Arrivals Registration.

Maritime crew joining a vessel in Queensland

  1. A maritime crew member entering Queensland to join a vessel in Queensland, will not be required to quarantine unless they:

    1. have been overseas, other than a safe travel zone country, in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland; or

    2. have been in a place declared as a safe travel zone country hotspot, in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland; or

    3. arrived in Australia by air on a flight that is not a quarantine-free flight, regardless of whether the flight originated from a safe travel zone country, in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland; or

    4. have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days or since the start date identified for the COVID-19 hotspot, whichever is shorter; or

    5. have had known contact with a person who is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland; or

    6. have had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland.

  2. If a maritime crew member satisfies 16a, 16b, 16c or 16d they must quarantine in government-nominated accommodation for 14 days prior to joining the vessel unless:

    1. they use a transport provider endorsed by a government authority and with a Transport Plan in the form approved by the Chief Health Officer commencing in Queensland to transfer directly to their vessel in Queensland. If there is a time delay between arrival and joining the vessel they will be required to quarantine in government-nominated accommodation and comply with the testing requirements at 31 to 35; and

    2. during transit, interactions with the Queensland community are limited to the greatest extent possible; and

    3. they wear a surgical mask and observe social distancing practices while in transit.

  3. If a maritime crew member satisfies 16e or 16f, they must quarantine in government-nominated accommodation for 14 days prior to joining the vessel, or until cleared to join a vessel by a local Public Health Unit or emergency officer (public health).

  4. A maritime crew member entering Australia from overseas and arriving in a jurisdiction other than Queensland, must quarantine for 14 days at the point of arrival before travelling to Queensland to join a vessel, unless an exemption has been granted by the Queensland Chief Health Officer.

    Note: This does not apply to a maritime crew member who has only been in a safe travel zone country in the 14 days prior to arriving in Queensland, has not been in a safe travel zone country hotspot and has travelled to Queensland on a quarantine-free flight.

Maritime crew signing off a vessel in Queensland

  1. A maritime crew member who signs off a vessel in Queensland must quarantine in a nominated premises.

  2. Despite 20, a maritime crew member who signs off a vessel in Queensland, where that vessel has undertaken a Queensland intrastate voyage or interstate voyage, will not be required to quarantine unless:

    1. they have been overseas to a country that is not a safe travel zone country as part of any other travel in the preceding 14 days; or

    2. they have been in a COVID-19 hotspot as part of any other travel in the previous 14 days or since the start date identified for the COVID-19 hotspot, whichever is shorter; or

    3. during the interstate voyage they disembarked the vessel, for any period of time, in a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days or since the start date identified for the COVID-19 hotspot, whichever is shorter; or

    4. they have had known contact with a person who is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the preceding 14 days; or

    5. they have had symptoms consistent with COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to entering Queensland; or

    6. a maritime crew member has signed on to the vessel from a COVID-19 hotspot in the previous 14 days or since the start date identified for the COVID-19 hotspot, whichever is shorter, where the on-signing maritime crew member has not completed 14 days of quarantine prior to on-signing the vessel; or

    7. a maritime crew member on the vessel is a confirmed case of COVID-19; or

    8. a maritime crew member on the vessel is a foreign national arriving in Queensland or another Australian jurisdiction from overseas who has not completed 14 days of mandatory government quarantine in an Australian jurisdiction prior to joining the vessel; or

    9. they are a foreign national, arriving in Queensland or another Australian jurisdiction from overseas, and they did not complete 14 days of mandatory government quarantine in an Australian jurisdiction prior to joining the vessel.

  3. A maritime crew member required to quarantine under 20 or 21, may disembark the vessel to:

    1. travel directly to government-nominated accommodation to quarantine; or

    2. travel to an airport, by the most direct route practicable, to depart Australia (no domestic connecting flights) using a transport provider endorsed by a government authority and with a Transport Plan in the form approved by the Chief Health Officer. If there is a time delay between disembarking the vessel and leaving Australia via an airport they will be required to quarantine in government-nominated accommodation. During transit interactions with the Queensland community should be limited to the greatest extent possible, including when travelling from quarantine to an airport; or

    3. travel to another vessel in Queensland by the most direct route practicable, where that vessel will be leaving Queensland, using a transport provider endorsed by a government authority and with a Transport Plan in the form approved by the Chief Health Officer. If there is a time delay between disembarking the vessel and joining the next vessel in Queensland they will be required to quarantine in government-nominated accommodation and comply with the testing requirements at 29 to 33. During transit interactions with the Queensland community should be limited to the greatest extent possible, including when travelling from quarantine to a vessel.

  4. Despite 20 and 21, a maritime crew member who is signing-off a vessel that has not been overseas during its voyage may leave quarantine in accordance with the reasons outlined in the Border Restrictions Direction (No.24) or its successor/s. If there is a time delay between disembarking the vessel and leaving Queensland via an approved airport they will be required to quarantine in a nominated premises. During transit interactions with the Queensland community should be limited to the greatest extent possible, including when travelling from quarantine to an approved airport.

  5. During transit the maritime crew member must wear a surgical mask and observe social distancing practices.

Queensland residents who travel interstate to work as maritime crew

  1. A Queensland resident who has travelled to a COVID-19 hotspot to work as a maritime crew member is required to complete a General Declaration Pass for Queensland residents. A returning Queensland resident may be required to quarantine dependent on the requirements under the Border Restrictions Direction (No.26).

    Note: a Queensland resident returning from working interstate is not a specialist worker performing an essential activity.

Quarantine conditions

  1. If a maritime crew member is required to quarantine in Queensland under this protocol:

    1. the maritime crew member will be directed by an emergency officer (public health) to quarantine in government-nominated accommodation for 14 days; and

    2. the maritime crew member is liable for the costs of the accommodation which may be recovered as a debt by the State.

      Note: If no direction is given to a maritime crew member by an emergency officer (public health), they must quarantine in a place where quarantine can be observed. This may include a vessel.

      Note: If the maritime crew member is not paying the invoice for the costs of the accommodation personally, it is the responsibility of the maritime crew member to give the invoice to the ship’s agent or other person for prompt payment.

  2. A maritime crew member who quarantines in government-nominated accommodation will be tested for COVID-19 in accordance with the Queensland Health testing regime outlined in 28, 29 and 31 to 35, including as soon as possible after arrival at the government-nominated accommodation and on day 12 or 13 of their quarantine period.

    Note: a maritime crew member who is permitted to leave quarantine before day 12 or 13 of their quarantine period in accordance with 29 is not required to be tested on day 12 or 13.

  3. If a maritime crew member refuses a COVID-19 test when requested to do so by an emergency officer (public health), including as soon as possible after arrival at the government-nominated accommodation, and on day 12 or 13 of their quarantine period, then the maritime crew member will be required to quarantine for a further period of 14 days.

  4. Despite the quarantine requirements under this protocol, a maritime crew member may leave quarantine, using a transport provider endorsed by a government authority and with a Transport Plan in the form approved by the Chief Health Officer to travel to:

    1. an airport to depart Australia (no domestic connecting flights) provided they meet the testing requirements in 31 to 35; or

    2. a vessel, to join the vessel in Queensland for an intended crew changeover under this protocol provided they meet the testing requirements in 31 to 35.

  5. A maritime crew member must comply with any other relevant quarantine conditions listed in the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction (No. 9) or its successor, or as directed by an emergency officer (public health).

    Example: A maritime crew member who quarantines in government-nominated accommodation must wear a surgical mask when permitted to open the door of their room.

COVID-19 testing for maritime crew

  1. If a maritime crew member is required to quarantine in government-nominated accommodation, for any duration, they must:

    1. be tested for COVID-19 in Queensland when requested to do so by an emergency officer (public health), including as soon as possible after arrival at the government-nominated accommodation, and on day 12 or 13 of their quarantine period; and

      Note: a maritime crew member who is permitted to leave quarantine before day 12 or 13 of their quarantine period in accordance with 27 is not required to be tested on day 12 or 13.

      Note: a maritime crew member who is transferred to a second hotel at a different location after receiving their first test will not have to be tested again on arrival at the second hotel. They will only require a second test if they are still in quarantine on day 12 or 13 (as per usual hotel quarantine testing protocol) or if they report symptoms at any time whilst in hotel quarantine.

    2. receive negative test results for COVID-19 from a Queensland testing provider.

  2. A maritime crew member will not be permitted to leave quarantine until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result from a test completed in Queensland, unless they must leave quarantine to depart Australia in accordance with 29(a) before the test result is available.

  3. If a maritime crew member refuses a COVID-19 test, they must quarantine in accordance with 26 to 28 above.

  4. All testing for COVID-19 in accordance with 31 must be arranged by Queensland Health.

  5. All test results should be communicated to Maritime Safety Queensland as soon as practicable and no later than 24 hours after they have been received.

Reasons to leave quarantine

  1. A maritime crew member who is in quarantine may leave and return to the quarantine location for the following purposes:

    1. to obtain essential medical care at a hospital or in accordance with advice from an emergency officer (public health); or

    2. to avoid injury or illness, or escape a risk of harm; or

    3. in the event of an emergency situation; or

    4. to conduct essential vessel functions that cannot be carried out by a non-quarantined maritime crew member.

  2. A maritime crew member who leaves quarantine under 36(a) must:

    1. wear a surgical mask, except in the event of an emergency situation; and

    2. travel by:

      1. ambulance service; or

      2. if ambulance service is not available, as permitted or allowed under a direction given to the person by an emergency officer (public health); and

    3. restrict interactions with the Queensland community, if any.

  3. A maritime crew member who leaves quarantine for any of the purposes in 36(b)-(d) must:

    1. wear a surgical mask, except in the event of an emergency situation; and

    2. travel by:

      1. ambulance service; or

      2. an emergency services vehicle in emergency or serious situations as permitted or allowed under a direction given to the person by an emergency officer (public health); or

      3. a transport provider endorsed by a government authority and with a Transport Plan in the form approved by the Chief Health Officer; and

    3. restrict interactions with the Queensland community, if any.

Transit

  1. A maritime crew member who enters Queensland to join or disembark a vessel under this protocol, must wear a surgical mask and observe social distancing practices while in transit.

  2. A maritime crew member who fails to wear a surgical mask when transiting under this protocol may be deemed to be operating outside of the protocol and directed to government-nominated accommodation to complete 14 days of quarantine prior to joining the vessel or departing Australia.

Shore leave

  1. A maritime crew member disembarking a vessel in Queensland for shore leave must comply with all requirements for a maritime crew member signing-off a vessel outlined in 20 to 24 above.

Emergency referral and retrieval

  1. None of the requirements outlined in this protocol impact on emergency referral and retrieval of maritime crew.

Definitions

  1. Approved airport has the same meaning as Border Restrictions Direction (No.24) or its successor.

  2. Cleared case of COVID-19 means a person who was a confirmed case of COVID-19 and has been given a letter or other written evidence from a doctor or health authority of the jurisdiction where they were diagnosed that they are cleared of COVID-19.

  3. Close contact of a person is another person with whom they were:

    1. within an enclosed space for a period of 2 hours or longer; or

    2. within 1.5 metres of the other person for a period of 15 minutes or longer.

  4. Confirmed case of COVID-19 means a person who has been clinically diagnosed with COVID-19 who is not a cleared case of COVID-19.

  5. COVID-19 hotspot means a particular area of Australia decided by the Chief Health Officer and published on the Queensland Health website (https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/hotspots-covid-19).

  6. Emergency officer (public health) means an emergency officer appointed under the Public Health Act 2005.

    Note: emergency officers appointed under the Public Health Act 2005 includes a number of public service officers such as public health officers, police, fire and emergency services.

  7. Government-nominated accommodation means a hospital, hotel or other accommodation premises at which the person is directed to quarantine by an emergency officer (public health) at their own expense in accordance with Chapter 8, Part 7AA of the Public Health Act 2005.

  8. Interstate voyage means an interstate voyage as defined under the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act 2003 (Cth).

  9. Maritime crew means anyone required to be part of a crew operating or providing services to support the operation of a vessel, including supernumeraries.

  10. Nominated premises

    1. a person’s allocated room within government-nominated accommodation as directed by an emergency officer (public health); or

    2. a place as directed by an emergency officer (public health); or

    3. if no direction is given by an emergency officer, a place where quarantine can be observed, this may include a vessel.

      Note: A person may be directed by an emergency officer (public health) to quarantine at government-nominated accommodation at their own expense in accordance with section 362MC of the Public Health Act 2005.

  11. Quarantine-free flight has the same meaning as in the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction (No. 9) or its successor.

    Note: Information about quarantine free flights is available from the Australian Department of Home Affairs: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/new-zealand-safe-travel-zone. Determinations about quarantine-free flights are made by the relevant airline.

  12. Queensland intrastate voyage means a voyage beginning or ending in Queensland waters, other than an interstate voyage or overseas voyage as defined under the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994.

  13. Queensland resident is a person whose primary place of residence is in Queensland.

  14. Safe travel zone country has the same meaning as in the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction (No. 9) or its successor.

  15. Safe travel zone country hotspot has the same meaning as in the Quarantine for International Arrivals Direction (No. 9) or its successor.

  16. Specialist worker means a person specified in Schedule 1 of the Border Restrictions Direction (No.24) or its successor.

  17. Surgical mask means a single use, surgical mask with a minimum level 1 barrier protection level under the Australian Standard (AS 4381:2015) that covers the nose and mouth.

  18. Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 means fever or history of fever, symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, shortness of breath, sore throat), loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, or fatigue

  19. Vessel means a commercial vessel, research vessel or government vessel that is in Australian waters and is 50 metres or more in length. It does not apply to cruise vessels, private vessels, super yachts or recreational vessels.

Notes

Cruise ships are subject to the Restricting cruise ships from entering Queensland waters Direction (No. 2) or its successor and to the Biosecurity (Human Biosecurity Emergency) (Human Coronavirus with Pandemic Potential) (Emergency Requirements) Determination 2020 (Cth).

Maritime vessels are subject to any General Manager Maritime Safety Queensland Directions issued under the Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Act 1994 which may impose time-based arrival restrictions.

After arriving in Queensland from interstate or overseas and completing any necessary quarantine requirements, a marine pilot is not subject to the Protocol while conducting vessel movements in and out of Queensland waters.

Dr Jeannette Young
Chief Health Officer

Approved 28 June 2021

Published on the Queensland Health website at 1:00 am

Last updated: 28 June 2021