This BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report for the week ending 20 May covers the International Maritime Organization (IMO) including crew change national contact point, China, Philippines, Singapore, Ukraine , 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.
Members were informed on 20 April to go to the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration 's special section with overview of local restrictions and requirements for crew change. Gard P&I club has provided the following information regarding current COVID-19 restrictions in Chinese Ports which BIMCO hopes can assist further with clarity regarding the various operational restrictions imposed.
Current Covid-19 restrictions in Chinese ports
Oasis P&I recently published circular No. 2204 covering the current Covid-19 restrictions in many Chinese ports. We summarise below the restrictions currently in place:
Effective 1 May 2022, the following changes have been implemented by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore ( MPA):
The Ukrainian government has informed the IMO that due to the war in Ukraine where charterers, operators and/or owners of seagoing and inland waterway vessels have suffered damage in the waters of Ukrainian ports, compensation is available in cases where insurers have refused to provide coverage. Please see the IMO circular letter no. 4556 for full information.
In addition, the Ukrainian government has also announced via an IMO circular letter no. 4557, that seaports of Berdiansk, Kherson, Mariupol and Skadovsk are closed and will only resume once they are able to regain control from the Russian armed forces.
The Ukrainian government has also advised that due to Russian invasion of the Berdiansk Nyzhnii Lighthouse facility, the Ukrainian Berdiansk NAVTEX Coastal station is currently out of control and communication to the said station is terminated by the Ukrainian government and has issued a warning to properly inform all seafarers. Full details are available in an IMO circular letter no. 4567.
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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