According to the website of the Ministry of Transport,the Ministry of Transport has recently issued the"Notice on Safeguarding Water Transport Services by Division and Classification"(referred to as"Notice").The"Notice"mentioned that it is necessary to coordinate the prevention and control of epidemic situation and the guarantee of water transport services in accordance with the requirements for differentiating prevention and control according to districts and levels,and to serve the stable and healthy operation of the economy and society.
The"Notice"requires that the transportation departments of Hubei Province and Wuhan continue to implement strict control measures for the departure of Han and Li E water routes,passenger ships continue to implement the relevant requirements for suspension of navigation,and strengthen the management of freight ships operating at ports.Cargo ships are prohibited from adding crew members at the ports of Hubei Province and Wuhan,and it is forbidden for the ship to carry persons other than its own crew members to leave Han and Hubei.Under the premise of epidemic prevention and control,low-risk areas will promote the resumption of water passenger transportation as soon as possible,and the passenger load factor will not exceed 90%(except for the hot passenger isolation area),and medium-risk areas will promote the orderly re-routing of water passenger transportation.Passenger load factor does not exceed 70%;high-risk areas continue to strictly implement epidemic prevention and control,and according to local requirements,promote the gradual and orderly resumption of waterway passenger transport,and the passenger load factor does not exceed 50%.In accordance with the relevant requirements and work guidelines of the Ministry,we must continue to do a good job of preventing and controlling epidemic situations such as port passenger stations and ships,and implement various epidemic prevention measures to strictly prevent epidemics from being exported or imported by water.
The"Notice"emphasizes that the transportation departments and maritime administrations in various places must continue to implement the"four priority"measures for epidemic prevention materials,key production and living materials,agricultural production materials for priority crossing of ships,priority navigation,priority anchoring,and priority for departure.Under the premise of prevention and control of the epidemic situation,the restrictions on navigation and loading and unloading operations for cargo ships originating from or berthing in Hubei Province and high-risk areas will be lifted.It is strictly forbidden to take measures such as banning cargo ships from docking at ports and isolating anchorages for 14 days on the grounds of epidemic prevention and control.
In terms of promoting the smooth operation of the water transportation economy,the"Notice"requires that middle and low-risk areas should resume work and resume production at ports as soon as possible.High-risk areas should take effective measures to ensure the normal operation of ports for the transport of epidemic prevention materials and key production and living materials,and other qualified ports will gradually expand the scope of resumption of work and order.The local transportation management departments will guide port and shipping enterprises to make full use of preferential policies such as state exemption from value-added tax,phased social insurance and provident fund.Supervise and implement the phased reduction and exemption policies issued by the state for port construction fees,cargo port fees,port facility security fees,etc.,reduce the burden on related enterprises,stimulate transportation needs,and maintain market stability.Port enterprises are encouraged to reduce or exempt fees for storage yard usage and other expenses as appropriate.Encourage local governments to introduce policies such as reducing ship lock charges.
The"Notice"also clarified the convenience measures such as the handling of domestic water transport and ship management related certificates during the epidemic prevention and control,remote registration of seafaring crew members'dismissal information registration,and free home study through the remote training platform of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs.