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Industry News: Haiti – Civil Unrest Affecting Port Operations *Update* – North P&I

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Local correspondents E&M International Consulting, S.R.L advise that the combined effect of political instability, the fuel shortage, the raise of criminal activities and the social/economic crisis has ignited further protests in Haiti.
The protests have turned violent, leading to different public and private services to stop operating, including banks and embassies.
Ports are reported to be working with limited staff and operations have slowed, which includes pilots.
The Port-au-Prince container terminal remains operational; however, no land-based movements are taking place in or out of the port. Therefore, the terminal capacity could be challenged if the unrest continues.
Vessels calling at Haiti are advised to be extremely vigilant and maintain necessary security in line with ISPS requirements. Crew should remain on board.
Local correspondents E&M International Consulting, S.R.L advise that the strikes currently taking place in Haiti are planned to continue all next week and will therefore continue to impact on port operations. They also advise that the political and security situation in Haiti has become very delicate.
It is reported that strikes have commenced in Haiti and armed gangs are clashing in the streets which is impeding pilots, customs employees and other port workers from accessing the terminals in the country. There is also reported to be a fuel shortage in Haiti due to the tense political situation hindering trucks from refueling in ports.
Local correspondents E&M International Consulting, S.R.L advise vessels calling at Haiti to keep in close contact with local agents and port authorities for updates with the latest information and  berthing instructions.
Several local unions in Haiti are calling for strikes commencing on Monday 25 October 2021. It is not understood if the strikes will impact on port operations which have been running normally up until now.
Local correspondents E&M International Consulting, S.R.L advise vessels calling at Haiti to remain vigilant, to keep crewmembers onboard the vessel and implement strict ISPS procedures. This is mostly due to due to the civil unrest/riots which are occurring in the country. There is also reported to be an increase in criminal activities in recent months after the death of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.
Local correspondents E&M International Consulting, S.R.L advise that all ports in Haiti are now operational and working normally under heavy security measures.
As ports in Haiti return to operation, we have received reports that a pilot of the National Port of Port Au Prince has been kidnapped whilst in the vicinity of the main port. The pilot associations of Port Au Prince have stopped working until further notice. Therefore, port traffic has been halted.
Haitian ports continue to be closed.
The country is under State of Siege for 15 days as declared by the interim Prime Minister and is effectively under martial law.
Correspondents E&M International Consulting, S.R.L have advised that it is not advisable to stay in Haitian territorial waters while the State of Siege is in force.
In neighbouring in the Dominican Republic, security measures for the protection of the maritime, land and air borders with Haiti have been ordered, which include increased military presence, the closure of the borders and suspension of travel between the two countries.
Following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on 7 July 2021, all port operations in Haiti have stopped.
Local correspondents E&M International Consulting, S.R.L advise that the country is effectively closed. There are no operations at the ports, the airports are closed, and the people are remaining at home.
The Port Authority has not issued any official communication, but it is reported that vessels are being ordered to leave without a pilot on board, as pilots are unable to reach the ports.
We will provide further updates as events unfold and when more information is known.
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