The Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) updates the temporary arrangements during COVID-19 relating to the maximum period of shipboard service allowed for seafarers under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC,2006).
The AMSA has issued Marine Notice (MN) 10/2020 advising shipowners, operators and seafarers of their updated temporary arrangement taking into account of the MLC,2006 requirements, with regard to port state inspections on valid seafarer's employment agreement (SEA) during COVID-19.
In short, the arrangements under MN 04/2020 have been extended to 28 February 2021 where AMSA will accept the validity of a SEA under the following circumstances:
After 28 February 2021, AMSA will revert to the compliance and enforcement approach outlined in MN 17/2016, meaning that AMSA inspectors will verify compliance with Regulation 2.4 of the MLC, 2006 to ensure seafarers serve no longer than 11 months continuously on board a ship.
To see the full notices as mentioned above, please refer to our COVID-19 implementation measures for sea transport /Australia
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