The Financial Express

Ban on ship imports

Recyclers asked for workers' health safety

FE REPORT | Published: March 24, 2020 10:53:03 | Updated: March 26, 2020 10:04:23

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Industries ministry has imposed a two-week ban on the import of ships in the interests of ship-breaking workers' health safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.

To this effect, the ministry will not issue any no-objection certificate for importing ships from March 23 to April 07 for the ship-building recycling sector.

The latest measure is meant to help stem further spread of the deadly coronavirus infection across the country.

A high official of the ministry said five imported ships have been asked to stay at the outer-anchorage of the Bay of Bengal as part of a coronavirus alert.

The oceangoing vessels will stay in quarantine for 15 days, he told the FE.

The official said they have also asked the Bangladesh Ship-Breakers and Recyclers Association to ensure health safety of 35,000 workers and officials at Sitakundu ship-rebuilding sector in Chattogram.

The ministry has sent an official order to the association to ensure health safety of workers and officials of the ship-recycling industry, he added.

The order includes a set of directives like restrictions on outsiders' access to Sitakundu ship-recycling site and compulsory use of sanitiser by workers and officials.

Checking body temperature on a regular basis, wearing mask and gloves, home quarantine in case of cough and sneezing and avoidance of public gathering are among other directives.


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