BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report


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, 26 February 2021

1. IMO


IMO has not issued any circulars this week.


2. IMO Crew Change - National Focal Point for Crew Change and Repatriation of Seafarers 


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, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Vanuatu.

Reference: MSC.7/circ.1/Rev.23

Additional details available on our implementation page.

3. Government States


According to information provided by GAC Hot Port News and confirmed by the Dalian Port Authority, two tests are required for all vessels calling Dalian from foreign ports including Hong Kong, regardless of whether there had been any crew change operation being performed.


According to information provided by GAC Hot Port News, the Movement Control Order has been extended until 4 March prohibiting interstate and interdistrict travelling without police permission. 

This has purportedly being reported to have no impact on crew change possibilities. 


The U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS) COVID-19 Working Group (C-19 WG) is hosting a working group webinar on COVID-19 vaccines for the marine transportation system workforce on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 2:00-3:30 PM EST. Topics will include:
• How currently approved vaccines work
• Getting vaccinated – process, safety, side effects
• Protection from vaccine vs. illness
• Vaccine distribution and administration
• Vaccine prioritization for merchant mariners and port workers
• CDC recommendations for the MTS Workforce

To join the webinar, please click on link here

For further details on additional countries, please refer to our implementation page.

4. Others 


There is no report under this section.



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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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