NASPA Long Point Nevis (April 13, 2020) –The following is a statement by Mr. Oral Brandy, General Manager of the Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority [NASPA] on April 13, 2020, regarding the updated procedures put in place at all ports in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Nevis Air and Seaports Authority in collaboration with Customs and Immigration continues to play a significant role in reducing the spread of COVID-19. From the onset of this pandemic, we recognized that our functions are critical, not only with respect to the control of the virus but the continuous facilitation of trade, especially of food and medical supplies.
We would have already indicated to you, the public much of what we have been doing. However, today I want to update you on three (3) main aspects of our current operation - Our working hours, cargo movement and passenger movements.
The Long Point Port is opened to the general public only during the partial curfew days, that is, days in which the lock down is from evening to morning, usually 7 pm to 6am. We operate during the hours of 8:00 a.m to 12:30 p.m. While we are opened to all customers, we encourage persons to visit the port for the clearance of their cargo, only if such goods are urgently needed, or alternatively, you may use an agent or broker. It's important that we allow those essential businesses and service entities to have their commodities cleared and delivered. Kindly note, that NASPA will not charge rental or storage fees for cargo during these restrictive days or weeks.
In terms of the other areas of cargo operation, vessels would be worked, that is, off loaded or loaded on arrival, even late into the night. This is necessary for the critical continuous flow of cargo in the region in times like these. As I indicated earlier, it is of utmost importance that food, cleaning and medical supplies are delivered in a timely manner as also put forward by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
We still accommodate air cargo carriers such as Fedex, DHL and Coastal Air at the airport.
Notwithstanding all that I said, both NASPA and Customs are presently operating on minimum staff in our efforts to practice social distancing and protect the safety of our staff and the community.
Where passengers are concerned, the airport, Oualie Water Taxi Facility and the Charlestown Port are closed to passenger movements except for emergency or medical reasons as per the Covid-19 regulations. However, anyone who performs an essential service or if you believe that you have a very good reason to travel within or outside of the Federation permission must first be sought from the Police Commissioner or Attorney General as the case may be. The port will only assist or facilitate your movement if such permission was received.
We continue to encourage the General Public to stay safe and practice the measures put in place by the respective authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.