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, 12 February 2021
IMO has issued the following circular:
As of today, the countries that have informed the IMO of the above are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Vanuatu
Additional details available on our implementation page.
China updated its Guidance on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 on board with its 5th version ( via IMO circular letter no. 4221/Add.8 dated 10 February 2021) introducing new precautionary measures for seafarers as well as prevention and control measures for ships engaged in cold chain logistics and in the container transportation of high-risk non-cold chain goods.
The Libyan Ports & Maritime Authority informing the IMO via a circular IMO letter no. 4380, of the following COVID-19 measures taken:
Please refer to the said IMO circular for full details.
Via an IMO circular letter no. 4243/Add.1, the Saudi Arabian Transport General Authority issued circulars relating to extension of the validity of seafarer's maritime Seaman's book and medical certificate expiring on or before 15 April 2021 to 3 months from date of expiry.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore informing the IMO via a circular letter no. 4383 of their experiences to-date with regard to vaccinations for key maritime personnel.
Effective 6 February 2021, the requirement to present a negative covid-19 test result is not applicable to seafarers. Full details are available on the Swedish Police Authority page. Note that decision in each case is made upon arrival at the border control point hence no pre-approvals or written notification will be issued. In addition, questions and answers about the Swedish entry ban can be found here ( ref: IMO circular letter no. 4245/Add.8)
The US Coast Guard issued mandatory mask requirement via an MSIB 02-21 on COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System requiring all persons travelling on all commercial vessels to wear a mask, failing which, a Captain of the Port (COTP) order may be issued directing the vessel’s movement and operations and repeated failure to impose the mask mandate could result in civil penalties and/or criminal action. To understand the implementation better, see Coast Guard Maritime Commons for guidance.
For further details on additional countries, please refer to our implementation page.
The UK P&I club updated its comprehensive guide " Global Crew Change Advice" (version 1.9 dated 11 February 2021) offering details relating to crew changes at most coastal states. A complete listing of their updates is available here.
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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