Following the measures adopted through its MN 03/2020 circular regarding seafarers, the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) emphasises its support for seafarers’ welfare and rights.
Facilitation of crew change through Panama is now possible. Clear references are made to the crew change protocols proposed by BIMCO, ICS and other industry stakeholders.
To assist seafarers and their mental wellbeing in coping with the challenges imposed by COVID-19 pandemic, BIMCO compiles a list of useful resources to enable seafarers to seek free, immediate and direct help. Members are highly recommended to inform their seafarers of this availability.
Providing up to date information on the Asian gypsy moth season (AGM) 2020.
UNCTAD and IMO issue joint-statement calling for action by government states to facilitate crew changes.
Since March, when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, the BIMCO port information database has been publicly open and free to use. However, as the virus gradually retreats and a new normal is expected, the general port information – including holiday information – will once again be limited to BIMCO members.
Following several discussions with the Hong Kong Shipowners Association, the administration in Hong Kong is opening for conditional but unrestricted crew change in Hong Kong.