This BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report for the week ending 14 January covers the World Health Organization (WHO), Brazil, Ghana, Libya, Philippines, Romania, Sweden, the UK P&I Club 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, WHO and International Labour Organization (ILO).
On 23 December, WHO issued an updated global technical brief and priority action required for Member states to enhance readiness for Omicron ( B.1.1.529), of which WHO has given an overview. The overall risk related to the new variant of concern Omicron remains very high for a number of reasons (eg significant growth advantage over Delta leading to rapid spread in the community) and also due to the fact that the global risk of COVID-19 remains very high overall. A risk-based approach to adjust international travel measures in a timely manner is recommended and efforts to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination coverage as rapidly as possible should continue. See WHO advice for international traffic in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant for additional information.
Please see BIMCO-WHO for more information.
translation of ordinance 663/21 of 20th December 2021 on " COVID 19 travel restrictions" provided by the Brazilian general consulate in Los Angeles, all travellers must comply with the following :
In addition, the authorization for travelling to Brazil is temporarily suspended for foreign travelers coming from or who have been to, in the last 14 days before boarding, the Republic of South Africa, Republic of Botswana, Kingdom of Essuatini, Kingdom of Lesotho , Republic of Namibia and Republic of Zimbabwe.UK P& I report dated 10 January 2022.
The Libyan Ministry of Transport has provided further extensions to seafarers' certificates and seaman's books as well as endorsements to 31 March 2022 or up to 3 months commencing from the expiry date. Full details are available in an IMO circular letter no. 4380/Add.3.
Resolution no. 157 and Resolution 157-B relating to revised protocols required for entry by travellers from the Green, Yellow and Red Lists and updated lists respectively were issued by the Philippines Inter-Agency Task force yesterday. Please be guided accordingly. The Red list of countries comprising the following countries will be effective from 16 January to 31 January 2022:
An entry ban for travels to Sweden from all countries until 31 January 2022 has been put in place by the Swedish government. However, having a negative Covid-19 test is sufficient to be exempted and be allowed entry. Seafarers are exempted from the entry ban and Covid-19 test requirement (see "Exemptions regardless of departure country").
According to GISIS today, the list of countries (48) 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, Ecuador ( new) Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Libya , the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco ( new) Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore , Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden,Thailand , Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu.
The UK P&I Club issued version 1.32 of their Global Crew Change Advice and this version covers update on Ghana.
The below circulars represent the latest information to-date from the IMO.
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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