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  • 2022 January 20 12:08

    The Harbour Master’s Division of the Port of Rotterdam Authority makes it through the second corona year unscathed

    The Harbour Master’s Division of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, responsible for the safe and smooth handling of shipping traffic and compliance with the Port Security Act, has made it through the second corona year unscathed. The pandemic did not jeopardise the continuity of services, according to the Port of Rotterdam's release.

    The number of sea-going vessels arriving in Rotterdam increased by about 700 to almost 29,000. Three serious accidents occurred, each with only material damage.

    The number of sea-going vessels arriving in Rotterdam in 2021 increased from 28,169 to 28,876, down from 29,492 sea-going vessels that had arrived in the port of Rotterdam in 2019. The difference is largely due to the increase in the scale of container shipping.

    The nautical safety index for accidents (7.5) was better than the target of 7. The safety environmental index for inspections (7.4) almost equalled the target figure of 7.5. As a result of the pandemic, fewer inspections were conducted, but these were focused more specifically. This led to a comparatively higher number of findings. Some 462 tickets were issued, 76 of which to pleasure craft. The number of accidents – half of which involving only parking damage (67) – increased from 122 to 144. Three of these were serious: a sea-going vessel hit the Caland Bridge, an inland vessel grazed a sea-going vessel in the Eemhaven, and a tug capsized in the Bocht van Esch near the Van Brienenoord Bridge.

    The work of the Harbour Master’s Division was dominated by the corona pandemic in 2021 as well. Every now and then, the work was organised differently because of it. Meanwhile, the Maritime Declaration of Health (MDoH) has been automated. Quite an improvement, if you compare this with the 25,000 manual assessments that were required last year.

    In 2021, the Port Authority and the Municipal Health Service (GGD) had daily consultations on the pandemic, particularly because crew members who had contracted COVID-19 or who had been in close contact with people who had tested positive for the disease, had to be received and relieved.

    Consequently, hundreds of seafarers spent their isolation or quarantine in the Wings/Fletcher Hotel near Rotterdam Airport before they could travel to their home or continue their journey at sea. In some cases, vessel decontamination was so drastic that crews had to be accommodated in ‘botels’. Changes of crews could take place in Rotterdam as usual, from time to time causing additional hustle and bustle in the Wings/Fletcher Hotel. Port Health Authority Rotterdam (PHAR) and this hotel entered into a cooperation in 2020. The PHAR is a partnership between several parties, including the Port Authority, the Rotterdam-Rijnmond Safety Region, and GGD Rotterdam-Rijnmond. Fighting infectious diseases (like corona) in the port of Rotterdam is an important task of the PHAR.

    The Port Authority was among the initiators of the strategy to give seafarers access to vaccination. Since 15 June 2021, almost 25,000 vaccinations (with the Janssen vaccine) have been administered to seafarers. More than half of these took place in Rotterdam. The booster campaign (with the Pfizer vaccine) for seafarers started last week.

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