Coronavirus Updates

Last Update: 1201 EDT, April 7, 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

Click here to find a searchable listing of Host's operating locations.

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.
  • Maritime workers are deemed “critical infrastructure workers” by Department of Homeland Security.
  • 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.
  • Many local U.S. Coast Guard sectors are requiring Attestation Letters confirming that no COVID-19 related hazardous conditions are present on the vessel prior to being cleared to enter U.S. 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.
  • Customs & Border Protection policies regarding vessel crew are varying by port as listed below.

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 in the list of restricted countries in the last 14 days, with no sick crew, will be allowed to enter. 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.
  • 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.
  • Commercial vessel operators and mariners are encouraged to follow the CDC Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019. 
  • On March 14, 2020, the CDC issued a no sail order for all passenger vessels for 30 days.
  • Port State Control will not issue deficiencies or detain vessels for expired certificates, documents or Mariner credentials until October 1, 2020.

Customs & Border Protection

  • While current restrictions are not supposed to apply to vessel crew traveling to and from the U.S., we are not seeing consistency across all 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.
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to being permitted entry.
  • 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 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.
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB.  
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB.  
  • No crew changes allowed.
  • 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.
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB.
  • CBP mandating two armed guards for entire port call if vessel within 14-day window.
  • Crew changes will be considered on case by case basis.
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB.
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to being permitted entry.
  • Crew changes will be considered on case by case basis.
  • 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 outside Southwest Pass until 14 days has passed.
  • 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.
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB.
  • CBP accepting formal entrance/clearance paperwork and documents electronically.
  • Max draft at Southwest Pass is reduced to 42 feet fresh water with five dredges working.
  • River stage is 16.8 feet at New Orleans and rising. Forecast indicates River to remain high through April into May with gradual fall starting April 19th.
  • Daylight restrictions into and out of all Mid-Stream Buoy systems.
  • Vessels with draft over 35 feet in Baton Rouge territory may require pilot while at anchor for safety reasons.
  • See LAMA Morning Report for April 7, 2020.
  • If vessel arrives less than 14 days out from an MSIB listed country, the vessel may have wait outside Southwest Pass until 14 days has passed.
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to entry.
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB.
  • CBP accepting formal entrance/clearance paperwork and documents electronically.
  • If vessel has arrived from an MSIB listed country within 14 days and crew is confirmed sick/symptomatic, vessel will be vetted and likely held offshore. Local health and port officials must be notified prior to entry.
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to entry.
  • 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, the vessel must wait offshore until 14 days has passed.
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to being permitted entry.
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB.
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • 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.
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to entry.
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • 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.
  • Vessels must complete Attestation Letter for USCG prior to entry.
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • 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.
  • All crew being detained onboard regardless of port/days restriction in USCG MSIB.
  • Crew changes will be considered on a case by case basis.

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 Mehdi Hejazi for more information.
(346) 241-5686
Mehdi.Hejazi@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

Host Shared Services
Main Line: (757) 627-6286
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM EDT

Our team is available during normal business hours at our main line. Callers may be prompted to leave a voicemail, which will be returned as soon as possible.

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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