This BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report for the week ending 22 April covers the International Maritime Organization (IMO) including crew change national contact point, China, Germany, Singapore, USA, UK P&I Club's Global Crew Change Advice, and the latest from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
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, ILO and the Port State Control MoU regimes.
The below represent the latest information from the IMO.
The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration has created a special section with overview of local restrictions and requirements for crew change. Each subsection follows the same template with the following headings:
Due to the spillover effect of the war in Ukraine, the German Maritime Directorate will issue endorsements of recognition for the following certificates issued by the Ukrainian shipping administration that had expired on or after 1 January 2022:
The endorsement will be valid for a maximum period of one year from the said date of endorsement. Note also that this will also apply to holders of above certificates issued by the German Maritime Directorate whose period had expired between 1 July 2021 and 31 December 2021. Full details are available via an IMO circular letter no. 4552.port marine circular (PMC) no. 07/22 advising that shore leave for crew working onboard vessels will be granted effective 1st April. But this is only allowed for crew that is fully vaccinated. To apply, please see details in PMC no. 07/2022.
The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued on 19 April 2022, "Change-5" to the MSIB 02-21 on COVID-19 Safety Requirements in the Maritime Transportation System to advise that the mandate for mask wear in airports, train stations, and other transportation hubs as well as on airplanes, buses, trains, and most other public conveyances in the United States, including vessels, is no longer in effect as decided on 18 April 2022 by the US District Court, Middle District of Florida; and which the USCG will follow suit. Note that indoors public transportation mask wear is still recommended. Vessel and sea port operators are encouraged to monitor the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/ for the most up to date guidance. See also the USCG FAQ section on face mask order for latest information.
On 30 March, WHO updated their Strategic, Preparedness, Readiness and Response Plan ( SPRP) for COVID-19 in 2022 , setting out a number of key strategic adjustments for implementation at national, regional and global levels which will enable the world to end the acute phase of the pandemic, if these adjustments are implemented rapidly and consistently.
On 13 April, the International Health Regulatons Emergency Committee held their 11th meeting issuing 11 temporary recommendations to governments, which also involved the SPRP plan, to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please see BIMCO-WHO for more information.
According to GISIS today, the list of countries (56) informing the IMO of their national focal point of contact for crew change and repatriation of seafarers are: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba (Kingdom of the Netherlands) , the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica , Cyprus, Dominica, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Libya , the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco , Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore , Sint Maarten ( Kingdom of the Netherlands) , Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand , Tunisia, Ministry of Transport ( new), Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu.
Due to the situation in Ukraine, collective guidance harmonising the Port State Control activities ( PSC) has now been issued by the Indian Ocean, Paris, and Tokyo MoU on PSC and Vina del Mar Agreement relating to the repatriation of seafarers. Full information can be found in an IMO circular letter no. 4524/Add.2 dated 31 March 2022.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) issued the following on maritime labour issues and COVID-19:
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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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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