All crew change operations suspended due to Typhoon Rolly

All scheduled crew change operations in the ports of Manila, Subic, Port Capinpin, and Cebu has been suspended as part of the safety measures adopted by the industry in preparation for super typhoon Rolly.

Satellite image of Super Typhoon Rolly on November 1, 2020 | Photo Source: @stormchasersPH

The typhoon, with international name Goni, is expected to hit Catanduanes in the morning, November 1, packing with winds of 250 kph and gustiness of up to 300 kph.  It is moving only at the speed of 23 kph.

Because of the expected exceptionally strong typhoon, the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) has issued Advisory 2020-79 directing domestic shipowners, bareboart charterers/ship operators, and all concerned entities to take necessary precautionary measures in the face of Typhoon Rolly.

Shipowners and operators are advised to monitor and comply with the weather bulletins from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) together with the Notices to Mariners issued daily by the NAMRIA and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) relating to gale warnings.

“All concerned entities must also ensure compliance with the Strict Implementation of Code of Safety Stowage and Securing in the Domestic Shipping.

“Ships should not sail if the port of destination or areas of operations are affected by even the lowest signal of weather disturbance, and shipowners must ensure that their ships have been put to shelter without delay.

At the same time, the local manning community has been informed that crew change operations in all ports have been suspended as well as all flights both international and domestic have been canceled.Manning companies are strongly advised take extra precautionary measures and do not send out your crew to airports until further notice.

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