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, 23 December 2020
IMO has issued the following circulars:
As of today, the countries that have informed the IMO of the above are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Vanuatu.
3. Government States
The Government of Azerbaijan provides further extensions to seafarers documents (ref: IMO circular letter no. 4223/Add.3). The following may be extended until 31 March 2021:
Brazil has eased the requirements to Seafarer's identity documents allowing documents issued under the terms of the ILO convention no. 108 until 15 June 2021. The scope is limited to signatory states to the ILO Convention no. 185.
The Commonwealth of Dominica via their Policy Letter 02-20 issued on 15 December 2020 (via IMO circular letter no. 4361 dated 17 December 2020) , advising that all seafarers are designated key workers and allowing for crew changes.
The Directorate General of Shipping in India issued an amendment to DGS order no. 4 effectively suspending the 14 -day quarantine measures for disembarking seafarers.
Further details available in the linked implementation page
The Government of Montenegro has informed the IMO of extensions given to seafarers' STCW certificates till 2 October 2025 (ref: IMO circular letter no. 4244/Add.2).
The Philippines establishes a crew change hub in Batangas and provides standard protocols for crew change in the Philippines for both domestic and foreign nationals.
Singapore has released Port Marine Circular 46/2020 suspending sign-on crew meeting based on either one of the following criteria:
The Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs has granted a further extension till 31 March 2021 to certificates of seafarers (see IMO circular letter no. 4245/add.5).
Several countries have suspended traffic to and from the United Kingdom.
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.
For general guidance and information on cargo-related queries.
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