Coronavirus Updates

Last Update: 1304 EDT, August 5, 2020

The Coronavirus is affecting the lives of our customers, partners and team members, and T. Parker Host has set up this page to openly share information as it becomes available.

Operational Status

T. Parker Host is committed to maintaining uninterrupted marine, terminal, stevedoring and agency services and providing value to our customers in this uncertain time.

Host is following all government regulations and implementing best practices. These guidelines may impact normal business procedures. As situations change, we will update this page. Please find current Host’s operating status below.

ALL HOST AGENCY LOCATIONS ARE OPEN

ALL HOST TERMINAL LOCATIONS ARE OPEN

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Precautions for COVID-19

Host has implemented a series of precautionary policies to ensure the safety of our team members, partners, and customers. The approach includes disinfecting all workspaces and equipment and maintaining social distances. Key elements of our coronavirus safety posture includes:

  • Reduce number of employees in the workplace. 
    • Working from home, where able. 
    • Implement flexible schedules and team rotations.  
    • Increase our sick leave for all employees. 
  • Reduce contact with any surfaces in our operations.  
    • Daily safety stand-downs, with every shift required to perform at least one 30-minute deep disinfection.  
    • No shared phones, computers or equipment without full disinfection. 
    • Every office employee will use 30 minutes at the end of the day to disinfect their work space. 
    • Social distancing, including more virtual meetings.   
  • Create operational redundancy and capability through independent operating teams.  
    • Departments and shifts split into distinct and separate teams. 
    • Shift work commencing at different times for different teams. 
    • No overlap or physical interaction between shifts. 
    • Alternate breakrooms to maintain team and shift separation.   

Port Status

Host Agency Office Status

  • All staff working remotely.

Overview

  • All ports and terminals attended by Host on the U.S. East Coast and U.S. Gulf Coast are open for normal business. 
  • Some ports are easing crew repatriation and shore leave restrictions previously in place, details below.  
  • Many terminal facilities are restricting visitor access to essential persons only or taking measures to screen shore side personnel and visitors prior to allowing access, including contactless temperature screenings. Our local port offices can advise facility specific measures.  
  • Maritime workers are deemed “critical infrastructure workers” by Department of Homeland Security. 
  • U.S. Coast Guard advises that non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to or are carrying crew who have been in restricted countries in the last 14 days, with no sick crew, will be allowed to enter port.  
  • Any vessel reporting sick crew should expect to be held offshore and will need to work with local health and port officials prior to entry. 
  • The CDC updated the Interim Guidance on Managing Suspected or Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on July 20, 2020.  
  • On July 16, 2020, the CDC extended the no sail order for all commercial, non-cargo passenger vessels with capacity to carry 250+ individuals through September 30, 2020.  
  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has granted a 180 day extension of expiration dates of Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs) that expire between March 1, 2020 and July 31, 2020. 

U.S. Coast Guard (per latest Marine Safety Information Bulletin)

  • Non-passenger commercial vessels that have been to, or are carrying crew who have been to, the list of restricted countries in the last 14 days with no sick crew onboard, will be allowed to enter port. Crew on these vessels will be required to remain onboard. Local ports may enforce different restrictions as listed below. 
  • MSIB Restricted Countries: Iran, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and the Federative Republic of Brazil. 
  • All vessels are required to immediately report if anyone onboard exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other illness to the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port. 
  • All vessels are required to report to CDC any sick crew during 15 days prior to arrival.  
  • Port State Control will not issue deficiencies or detain vessels for expired certificates, documents or Mariner credentials until October 1, 2020. 

Customs & Border Protection

  • Current travel restrictions are not supposed to apply to vessel crew traveling to and from the U.S., but there is little consistency across ports. 
  • If crew is confirmed sick/symptomatic, vessel will be vetted and likely held offshore. 
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from an MSIB listed country, all crew will be detained onboard. 
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis. 
  • CBP accepting formal entrance/clearance paperwork and documents electronically. 
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from a MSIB restricted country, CBP mandating two armed guards until Immigration inspection on day 15.  
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis 
  • CBP accepting formal entrance/clearance paperwork and documents electronically on case by case basis with advance approval. 
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB.   
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis. 
  • If crew repatriation is approved, flights must be direct to foreign (no US connections) and depart prior to the vessel’s departure.  
  • If crew is confirmed sick/symptomatic, vessel will be vetted and likely held offshore. 
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB.   
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis. 
  • If crew is confirmed sick/symptomatic, vessel will be vetted and likely held offshore. 
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB. 
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis. 
  • If crew is confirmed sick/symptomatic, vessel will be vetted and likely held offshore. 
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from an MSIB listed country, all crew will be detained onboard. 
  • Crew changes permitted provided vessel arrives outside of 14-day window. 
  • If crew is detained onboard on arrival to first US port, local CBP will not grant parole requests for repatriation and all crew will continue to be detained onboard.  
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from an MSIB listed country, all crew will be detained onboard. 
  • Crew changes permitted provided vessel arrives outside of 14-day window.  
  • If crew is detained onboard on arrival to first US port, local CBP will not grant parole requests for repatriation and all crew will continue to be detained onboard. 
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB.   
  • No crew changes are being permitted. 
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from an MSIB listed country, all crew will be detained onboard. 
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis. 
  • CBP is accepting copies of original certificates to make formal entrance/clearance. 
  • If crew is confirmed sick/symptomatic, vessel will be vetted and likely held offshore. 
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB. 
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis. 
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from an MSIB listed country, all crew will be detained onboard. 
  • CBP mandating two armed guards for entire port call if vessel within 14-day window.  
  • Crew changes permitted provided vessel arrives outside of 14-day window. 
  • Requests for crew repatriations (D-2) which include an overnight stay will now be considered if the crew member is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crew member has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction on the crew member’s travel.   
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to being permitted entry. 

 

  • Crew shore leave permitted. 
  • Requests for crew repatriation (D-2) which include an overnight stay will now be considered if the crew member is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crew member has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction on the crew member’s travel.   
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to being permitted entry. 
  • CBP accepting formal entrance/clearance paperwork and documents electronically. 
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in MSIB.   
  • Crew changes will be considered on case by case basis. 
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from an MSIB listed country, the vessel may have wait offshore Southwest Pass until 14 days has passed. 
  • Crew shore leave permitted. 
  • Requests for crew repatriation (D-2) which include an overnight stay will now be considered if the crew member is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crew member has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction on the crew member’s travel.   
  • If crew is detained onboard on arrival to first US port, local CBP will consider parole requests for repatriation. If approved they will require armed guards until last US airport.  
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG and confirm to all three Pilot organizations that no one onboard is sick prior to Pilot boarding or any movement in the River. 
  • CBP accepting formal entrance/clearance paperwork and documents electronically. 
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from an MSIB listed country, the vessel may have wait offshore Lake Charles until 14 days has passed. 
  • Crew shore leave permitted. 
  • Requests for crew repatriation (D-2) which include an overnight stay will now be considered if the crew member is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crew member has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction on the crew member’s travel.   
  • If crew is detained onboard on arrival to first US port, local CBP will consider parole requests for repatriation. If approved they will require armed guards until last US airport.  
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to entry. 
  • CBP accepting formal entrance/clearance paperwork and documents electronically. 
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from an MSIB listed country, the vessel must wait offshore until 14 days has passed. 
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB. 
  • Crew repatriation (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crew member has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crew member is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crew member has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction on the crew member’s travel 
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to entry. 
  • CBP is accepting copies of original certificates to make formal entrance/clearance. 
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from an MSIB listed country, the vessel must wait offshore until 14 days has passed.  
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB. 
  • Crew repatriation (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crew member has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crew member is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crew member has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction on the crew member’s travel 
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to being permitted entry. 
  • CBP is accepting copies of original certificates to make formal entrance/clearance. 
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB. 
  • Crew repatriation (D-2) will still be reviewed and granted if the crew member has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crew member is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crew member has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction on the crew member’s travel 
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to entry. 
  • CBP is accepting copies of original certificates to make formal entrance/clearance. 
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB. 
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis. 
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to entry. 
  • CBP is accepting copies of original certificates to make formal entrance/clearance. 
  • If crew is suspected or confirmed sick/symptomatic, vessel will be held offshore for 14-day quarantine period coordinated with local Health Authority. 
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from an MSIB listed country, the vessel must wait offshore until 14 days has passed.   
  • Crew shore leave permitted. 
  • Crew repatriation (D-2) will be reviewed and granted if the crew member has direct and continuous travel out of the United States, the crew member is not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, the crew member has valid travel documents, and there is no other restriction on the crew member’s travel  
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to entry.  
  • If crew is confirmed sick/symptomatic, vessel will be vetted and likely held offshore.  
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from an MSIB listed country, the vessel must wait offshore until 14 days has passed.   
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB.  
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis. 
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to entry.  
  • CBP is not boarding for immigration face check but will continue to board for AGM inspections. 

Contact Us

Please contact Host with any questions or concerns. A complete list of offices is on our Contact page. You may also email us at  communications@tparkerhost.com 

Host Agency East Coast Ports
Contact Steve Clark for additional information.
(610) 322-7051
Steve.Clark@hostagency.com

Host Agency Gulf Coast Ports
Contact Chris Kitsos for more information.
(504) 442-4371
Chris.Kitsos@hostagency.com

Host at Tradepoint
Contact Anthony Cleveland for additional information.
(443) 756-5431
Anthony.Cleveland@hostterminals.com

Avondale
Contact Amanda England for additional information.
(504) 252-3043
Amanda.England@hostterminals.com

Host Davant
Contact Fredrik Knutsen for more information.
(281) 928-0070
Fredrik.Knutsen@tparkerhost.com

Host Terminals South Florida
Contact Cees van de Mortel for more information.
(757) 438-2867
Cees.VanDeMortel@tparkerhost.com

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Helpful Links

USCG Novel Coronavirus – Change 3

USCG Vessel Reporting Requirements for Illness or Death

USCG Novel Coronavirus – Port and Facility Operations

USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletins

CISA Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers

COVID-19 Best Practices for the Houston Ship Channel Area

Center for Disease Control & Prevention

CDC Interim Guidance for Business and Employers

World Health Organization

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