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BIMCO will open its fourth local office, this time in London, at the beginning of 2021. The new office will support the organisation’s regulatory affairs activities with Dr Bev Mackenzie taking up the role of BIMCO’s permanent representative at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) from 1 February, reporting to Deputy Secretary General Lars Robert Pedersen at the head office in Copenhagen.
Requirement to take nucleic acid and IgM anti-body tests and applying for a green health code with the "HS" mark or a green health declaration code with the "HDC" mark will be imposed on all passengers including crew members prior to boarding a flight from Singapore to China.
The Singapore Maritime Port Authority issued revised crew change requirements on 9 November in the form of PMA circular 42. BIMCO gives a short summary of these requirements.
The International Maritime Employer’s Council (IMEC) and the International Transport Worker’s Federation (ITF) have set up quarantine and testing facilities in Manila to facilitate crew changes and address concerns about quarantine quality and fake COVID-19 tests.