OSS-Manila lifts suspension of crew change operations

The One Stop Shop (OSS) at the Port of Manila just issued an advisory, saying that crew change operations at the port will resume anytime today after the weather has improved noticeably at the National Capital Region (NCR).

Port of Manila, Philippines | Photo source: Dreamstime.com

The OSS Secretariat has informed the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ), the Bureau of Immigration (BI), and the RT-PCR service provider, First Aide Diagnostics, that crew change operations should commence again today, November 2, 2020.

In connection with this, the OSS at the Port of Manila has advised the BOQ, BI, First Aide Diagnostics, licensed manning agencies and other concerned entities to expedite reinstallation of their booths at the Eva Macapagal Terminal at Pier 15.

The weather improved significantly today after Typhoon Rolly exited Luzon early this morning.  Before lunch today, PAGASA reported that the typhoon was last seen about 85 kilometers west of Subic, Zambales.

The significantly weakened typhoon now packs sustained winds of only 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Siony has about the same strength but was last located 850 km east of northern Luzon.  It is not expected to affect operations in the three ports: Manila, Port Capinpin and Subic.

So, Maritime Industry Authoroty (MARINA) Administrator VAdm. Robert Empedrad said there is no reason not to continue with the crew change operations not only in Manila but also in Orion, Bataan and Subic as well.

The OSS at the Port of Manila suspended yesterday crew change operations in the port due to severe typhoon warnings issued by PAGASA in connection super Typhoon Rolly.

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