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, 4 June 2021.
The below circulars were issued in our COVID-19 report of 21 May and are published here again presenting the latest information to-date from the IMO.
As per our BIMCO news of 12th April, the IMO has discontinued the issue of the IMO circular in series: MSC.7/circ. 1 relating to government states informing the IMO of their national focal point for crew change and repatriation of seafarers. Instead, the IMO's online Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) will be used to contain such information.
According to GISIS today, the list of countries (43) informing the IMO of their national focal point of contact for crew change and repatriation of seafarers are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Ghana (new)I, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand , Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu.
Earlier reference of the MSC.7/circ.1 : our implementation page.
The state government in Rio Grande do Sul has imposed restrictions to mitigate the continued spread of COVID-19, where - amongst the restrictions - port activities are limited to cargo operations only.
Huatai Marine and Oasis P&I have advised on the latest COVID-19 port measures - HuaTai Marine circular dated 28 May and Oasis P&I circular dated 20 May 2021 due to the recent outbreak in India. Members are advised to read these circulars carefully and also check with their local agent at the Chinese port that they are calling to get the latest measures applicable at the time of calling.
The French authorities informed IMO ( via an IMO circular letter no. 4234/Add.10) that they have assigned seafarers as priority profession to be included in their vaccination programme.
According to information provided by the Norwegian Maritime Authority, on-signing seafarers are exempted from hotel quarantine requirements as on 21 May.
The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore ( MPA) issued Port maritime circular (PMC) circular no. 21/2021 dated 28 May 2021, advising of the latest requirements for ships arriving in Singapore which will take effect today and supersedes PMC circular no.19/2021. This circular updates the Rostered Routine Testing (RRT) and Antigen Rapid Test ( ART) requirements for shore-based personnel boarding ships at Singapore port.
In addition, the MPA has advised the shipping community on 30 May 2021 ( via email), that in view of the current Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) situation in Singapore, all stakeholders involved in the crew change have to strictly comply at all times, with the Singapore’s safe crew change protocol and requirements. The MPA has the following temporary enhanced requirements/measures for crew change as follows:
There is no news issued under this section.
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.
Access BIMCO's COVID-19 related articles and advice.
Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) publish regular Bunker Alerts based entirely on fuel samples and have kindly permitted BIMCO’s Members to access this information.
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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