This BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report for the week ending1 July 2022 covers the International Maritime Organization (IMO) including crew change national contact point, Greece, 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.
The Hellenic Maritime Administration via an IMO circular letter no 4241/Add.10 advised that a general validity of extension is granted till 31 December 2022 for all certificates of competency (CoCs), certificates of proficiency ( CoPs) as well as allowing for endorsements of the same by foreign authorities expiring during the same period.
The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore issued the following circulars:
Update as at 27 June 2022 from North P&I club:
WHO has issued on 17 June 2022, interim statements on the following and would reflect the current vaccine performance as of June 2022:
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.
See also BIMCO Port State Control Regimes- MOU
The International Labour Organization (ILO) issued the following on maritime labour issues and COVID-19:
Safety4Sea organised from 21 June to 23 June 2022, a "2022 crew welfare week: how to improve life at sea in the post pandemic shipping" where sessions were held exploring topics ranging from investment in crew welfare and initiatives, soft skills, mental health to seafarers' rights to diversity & inclusion.
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