The BIMCO Maritime Information department informs members on a weekly basis, updates about the COVID-19 in relation to implementation measures imposed by governments for sea transport including for crew change as well as from the United Nation bodies like the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO).
BIMCO provides the following update for this week ending Friday, 4 December 2020
The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on 1st December, calling all nations and relevant stakeholders, to co-operate and help designate seafarers as key workers and to implement the IMO-recognized protocols so that safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic can be carried out smoothly taking into account the essential preventive measures taken by port states against COVID-19.
The full text can be downloaded here: https://www.undocs.org/en/A/75/L.37
3. Government States
Crew change is allowed as reported on 30th November by Wilhemsen but subject to complying with certain procedures.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) issued circular no. 43 advising of the procedures required for lifting of "Not-to-land" (NTL) status and granting of shore leave for crew working onboard visiting ships in shipyards and crafts. Only ships that have been in port for at least 14 days are eligible to apply.
Crew changes for foreign nationals are not permitted, including those holding Qatar Residence visa, on-arrival visa, seaman visa etc. For crew change, only sign-off permitted if the crew has already seaman visa and on emergency cases, on case- by- case basis, by submitting an undertaking by the agent along with onward confirmed flight ticket. No Sign-On permitted. Emergency medical is permitted, in such crew will be taken to hospital by ambulance. All medical emergency, Master should report to Port Tower by calling on VHF and inform the agent simultaneously. No shore leave permittedSee COVID-19 Daily Port Update for further details.
Crew changes are permitted and no longer requires permission of Maritime Health Authority. At Leixoes/Aveiro /Viana do Castello crew changes are allowed for now but with restrictions . Disembarks must have confirmed flight details /Embarks must arrive with Covid tests results. However, a prohibition on crew changes remains in place for cruise vessels. In exceptional cases, namely humanitarian, health reasons or immediate repatriation, disembarkations may be performed if authorized by Health Authority and with direct disembark from vessel to international airport.
Source: North P&I Club
Crew changes are permitted. The following restrictions are in force for personnel arriving in Bonaire:
Source: North P&I Club
BIMCO General COVID-19 Links
BIMCO is continuously monitoring COVID-19 restrictions and its impact on the shipping industry in particular on crew changes. Below are some of the type of information currently being provided by BIMCO :
You can also view all information on our COVID-19 landing page.
Access BIMCO's COVID-19 related articles and advice.
Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) publish regular Bunker Alerts based entirely on fuel samples and have kindly permitted BIMCO’s Members to access this information.
The Bunker Alerts are not intended to be an evaluation of overall bunker quality in the port or area concerned, but usually highlight a specific parameter within the fuel which has raised a quality issue.
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