BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report


The BIMCO Maritime Information department informs members on a weekly basis, updates about the COVID-19 in relation to implementation measures imposed by governments for sea transport including for crew change as well as from the United Nation bodies like the International Maritime Organization (IMO), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO).

BIMCO provides the following update for this week ending Friday, 9 April 2021

1. IMO

Addendum no. 35/rev. 5  issued 7 April 2021 provides a consolidated list of the IMO members that have so far notified IMO on their designation of seafarers as key workers

2. IMO Crew Change - National Focal Point for Crew Change and Repatriation of Seafarers 

As of today,  Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, the Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu.

Reference: MSC.7/circ.1/Rev.25

Additional details available on our implementation page.

3. Government States


The Italian government have provided measures for conduction crew change, boarding and repatriation in italian ports. The circular contains measures on the following:

  • Measures to reach the ship
  • Responsibilities for the seafarer and the company
  • Details on temporary accomodation
  • Safety measures for transportation
  • Measures for conducting shoreleave and medical leave

Some measures extends beyond Italian soil - e.g. to the ship.


Kiribati have asked for circulation of IMO Circular letter no 4299/add. 4, which contains information on:

  • Extension of seafarers' STCW certificates
  • Extension of border closure


The Libyan government have circulated measures to extend seafarers' STCW and other certificates


IMO have circulated circ. 4396 with reference to the Slovenian webpage with consolidated measures for COVID-19


IMO have circulated circ. no. 4301/add.1 issued by the Venezuelan government, which identifies seafarers as key workers

4. Others 

There is no news issued under this section.


BIMCO General COVID-19 Links 

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.

Johan Conrad
in Copenhagen, DK


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