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, 19 February 2021
IMO has issued the following corrigendum to 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.
The government of France has extended the state of emergency to end on 1 June 2021. As a consequence, the seafarers' certificates as mentioned in the IMO circular letter no 4234/Add.8, expiring from 12 March 2020 are extended to 1st June 2021.
The Portuguese government maintains the cruise ship ban. Travel restrictions have been updated according to infection figures.
The Fijian Maritime Safety Authority in a Marine Notice 14/2021 via an IMO circular letter no. 4385 has granted a general extension on the validity of seafarer's certificates (STCW and medical certificates) for a period of 6 months upon expiry or until 10 August 2021 whichever comes earlier.
For further details on additional countries, please refer to our implementation page.
There is no report for this section.
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.
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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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