This BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report for the week ending 24 September covers updates from China, Denmark, Russia, UK P&I Club, the North American Maritime Ministry Association and the latest from the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Every week, BIMCO summarises measures imposed by governments for sea transport, including for crew change, as well as updates from United Nations bodies such as the IMO, World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO).
The below circulars represent the latest information to-date from the IMO.
As per our BIMCO news of 12th April, the IMO has discontinued the issue of the IMO circular in series: MSC.7/circ. 1 relating to government states informing the IMO of their national focal point for crew change and repatriation of seafarers. Instead, the IMO's online Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) will be used to contain such information.
According to GISIS today, the list of countries (45) informing the IMO of their national focal point of contact for crew change and repatriation of seafarers are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore (new), Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand , Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu.
Earlier reference of the MSC.7/circ.1 : our implementation page.
To improve ship-shore interface for all ports and crew changes in China, the Chinese government has revised their Guidance on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 on board, releasing their 7th version via an IMO circular letter. The new version covers disposal of domestic waste and sewage where operators onboard should have proper personal protection.
Denmark lifted its national COVID-19 restrictions on 10 September 2021. However this does not affect the current entry restrictions to Denmark and will continue to apply after 10 September 2021. For crew change, the following will apply:
The Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation has granted an extension to 31 December to seafarers' certificates and documents which have expired or due to expire. In addition, validity of certificates of competence and other relevant certificates will be extended for a 3 months for seafarers on board ships and unable to do the extension. Please read the IMO circular letter no. 4237/Add.24 for full details.
The UK P&I Club has issued version 1.26 of their comprehensive guide on crew changes covering updates on USA and Brazil.
BIMCO has received from the North American Maritime Ministry Association, an update on the availability of vaccinations for foreign seafarers.
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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