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Anvisa publishes guidelines for embarkation of crew

In order to set forth best practice on crew change in face of the pandemic, the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) published guidelines and necessary procedures for embarkation and disembarkation of crew members of vessels and platforms in Brazil.

The text compiles guidelines on screening crew members on a work schedule and preventive measures for embarkation and disembarkation of symptomatic and asymptomatic crew members. The following guideline has been published by Anvisa.

Care of the crew on vessels and platforms

One of the essential measures is the screening of the crew, before the start of the work schedule, to identify possible cases of individuals with symptoms of COVID-19, in order to prevent the spread of the disease.

The guideline states that crew members must therefore comply with a 14-day quarantine at home or in a hotel before embarking on vessel/platform. In those 14 days they will have their health monitored and, if they show respiratory symptoms or fever, they should be prevented from boarding.

The document also lists measures for the disembarkation of symptomatic and asymptomatic crew members, as well as the use of rapid tests, in addition to presenting tables with guidelines in the form of summary topics on home quarantine, quarantine in hotels, guidelines for mandatory isolation and hygiene procedures for the means of transport of those suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As already informed in our previous updates the disembarkation of foreing crewmembers in Brazil remains prohibited until the end of May, except in cases of direct repatriation or for medical assistance.

See the full text of the guideline here.

New measures in Brazilian Public Ports

Provisional Measure No. 945/2020 was issued by the Brazilian Federal Government, which deals with temporary measures in response to the pandemic resulting from the Covid-19 in the scope of the port sector and on the assignment of yards under military administration.

This Provisional Measure, according to the Federal Government, aims to ensure a safer environment for dockworkers, in addition to recognising the essentiality of Port Operations.

The Executive Order from April 4, changes the Daily call for casual dockworkers, who carry out loading and unloading operations in Brazilian Public Ports.

Currently, these workers are called to engage amidst large agglomerations in the ports, which in times of pandemic is not recommended. The Provisional Measure establishes that the Manpower Management Agencies (OGMO) must carry out the call for casual dockwers by eletronical means only, so that the worker appears at the port only at the time needed and in order to avoid further agglomerations within port area.

The Provisional Measure provides that the Manpower Management Agencies will not be able to call or engage in operation any dockworker who:

  • a) present symptoms compatible with covid-19 (i. dry cough; ii. sore throat; iii. breathing difficulty);
  • b) have been diagnosed with covid-19;
  • c) who are pregnant or lactating;
  • d) aged 60 or over; and
  • e) who have immunodeficiency or respiratory diseases or chronic or severe pre-existing diseases.

In this context, the Provisional Measure assures workers in the above situations the right to receive a monthly compensatory indemnity of 50% of the monthly income average received between October 1, 2019 and March 31, 2020, as long as impediment persists.

It is worth mentioning that casual dockworkers, retired or enjoying any other benefit granted by the General Social Security Regime or their own social security regime, as well as those who perceive the assistance benefit for individual dockworkers, provided for in Law No. 9,719 of November 27, 1998, will not be entitled to the indemnity provided for in the Provisional Measure.

The payment of compensatory indemnities will be borne by Port Operators and will be calculated in proportion to the amount of the monthly service demanded.

The aforementioned amount will be calculated and collected by the Manpower Management Authority and later passed on to the casual dockworkers.

Port Operators will be entitled to a discount on port tariffs in the amount equivalent to the increase in cost, resulting from the payment of indemnity, or economic and financial re-balancing of their contracts, in cases where they have lease agreements with the public port.

In the Provisional Measure, it was also adjusted that the benefit to be paid to dockworkers may be excluded from net income for purposes of determining corporate income tax and Social Contribution on Net Income of legal entities taxed by taxable income.

The Provisional Measure establishes that in the event of unavailability of casual dockwers to meet the work demand, Port Operators may freely hire workers with an employment contract for a specified time to carry out services as foreman, block, stowage, cargo conference services, cargo repair and vessel surveillance.

The hiring of workers with an employment relationship based on unavailability cannot exceed the period of 12 months. In addition, it will possible to engage contract directly with workers that or not authorised or registred with the Manpower Management Authority (OGMO).

Said Provisional Measure, guarantees Port Operators flexibility in the exclusivity of hiring labour from the Manpower Management Authority (OGMO) system.

It is worth mentioning that the new rule issued by the Federal Government, considered unavailability of port workers as any cause that results in the immediate non-fulfilment of calls submitted by Port Operators to OGMO, such as strikes, shutdown movements and standard operation.

Finally, the Provisional Measure encourages multi-functionality, to ensure that port operations are not suspended or delayed due to a lack of qualified labour.

Thus, regardless of collective bargaining, new registration or past registration casual dockworkers may perform the activities of any of the categories (foreman, stowage, cargo checking, cargo repair, vessel surveillance, block), provided they have the necessary qualification for that purpose.

What is the North Arc?

A person who doesn’t know Brazilian logistics and ports, having only knowledge of Brazilian geography, would have no difficulty imagining the widespread use of waterway and cabotage transportation. Bearing in mind the profusion of rivers that flow through our territory, specifically in northern Brazil and our extensive coastline.

However, the flow of Brazilian production for a long time was done in a way that is very contrary to the advice of reason and intelligence, using primarily the South and Southeast grain ports. Meanwhile, due to successive records in our harvests, coupled with rising Chinese demand, has resulted in numerous bottlenecks in the already overloaded South/Southeast grain ports.

Consequence? Higher transportation costs and longer trips to production areas. Therefore, exporters began a search for viable logistics alternatives in other parts of Brazil. Thus, each year, the flow of grain through ports in the North/Northeast region has been growing substantially.

The ports above the 16° S parallel compose the so-called North Arc, covering the terminals of the North and Northeast. Since 2015, the Arco Norte ports have been the second largest exit point for soybeans and corn.

Obviously there are several obstacles and challenges to overcome. However, expectations are that the Arc North will export to 50% of the soybean from the state of Mato Grosso as early as 2023. Despite the obstacles, it is clear that grain flow through the North Arc is a path of no return and that the volume increase in the coming years is a fact.

Regarding the challenges of the region to be overcome, it is necessary to highlight that in 2016 a legislative consultant of the Brazilian Congress wrote a dense study regarding the North Arc, raising the region as the best logistics route for Brazilian grains. The study indicates in a practical and detailed manner all the difficulties and challenges of the region. It also proposes several solutions. The Legislative Consultant is nothing less than Tarcísio Freitas, the current Minister of Infrastructure, who has been working together to ensure better infrastructure for the Northern Arc.

North Arc – keep this name in mind!

JLL expands logistics advisory business with Vincia acquisition

Real estate services firm JLL has expanded its supply chain and logistics advisory platform with the acquisition of Vincia in France.

JLL acquired the French supply chain consulting business for an undisclosed sum and said the deal supports JLL’s plans to expand its industrial and logistics business and strengthen its supply chain platform by investing in markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

The deal will expand JLL’s supply chain and logistics platform which currently provides services to landlords, occupiers and developers with more than 250 dedicated experts across 18 locations in EMEA.

Established 20 years ago, Vincia specialises in helping clients in the manufacturing and distribution services sectors to enhance their performance in the areas of service, cost and quality.

The acquisition of Vincia strengthens JLL’s capabilities in the sector which follows the acquisition of logistics and supply chain firm GCL Europe in 2014.

Charles Boudet, managing director, JLL France, said: “At a time of changing purchasing behaviour and the widespread introduction of omni-channel services, the logistics and supply chain market presents new opportunities for our clients.

“This acquisition strengthens our expertise in the sector and is key to enhancing our ambitions to grow our supply chain and logistics operations in France and beyond.”

Laurent Vallas, regional director and industrial and logistics assets sponsor, JLL France, said: “The acquisition of Vincia enables us to respond to the growing market demand for supply chain consulting services.

“It is an expansion of our capabilities in the sector which follows our acquisition of GCL Europe in 2014.”

Fabrice Mattei and Pascal Querro, co-founders of Vincia, said: “We have worked with JLL for a number of years on key projects.

“These shared experiences have always delivered great value to our clients and have proven that we share the same principles and culture of excellence.”