Clarification of guidelines for sea and inland shipping

Friday 10 04 2020

Are you a skipper? Then you probably have a lot of questions about the impact of Corona on your way of working. What if there's a sick person on board? What measures apply to your crew and visitors? Or for terminal and quay personnel?  You can find the answers here.

On 3 April, the Joint Nautical Authority published a new document (BASS - Notice to the Maritime Scheldt Area) listing the measures taken in response to the COVID-19 virus. This publication describes the procedures by which the ship requests permission to sail to a port of the Scheldt or a Belgian coastal port, or to depart from one of these ports.


The document has two annexes with specific measures in case a non-member of the crew (authorities, dock worker,...) has to come on board. We have already included the most important guidelines on our Corona web pages.  


If you still have questions, be sure to take a look at the other sections of our questionnaire or send your question to