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October 2020

China opens up 10 ports for foreign crew change and implements a circuit-breaker mechanism

China eases crew change restrictions by opening up 10 ports and introducing a circuit-breaker mechanism.

September 2020

Singapore revises further crew change requirements today

The Singapore Maritime Port Authority issued revised crew change requirements today in the form of PMA circular 38. BIMCO gives a short summary of these requirements.

BIMCO updates information on seafarers' Mental Health

BIMCO provides updated information to assist seafarers to cope with the continuous challenges of COVID-19.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - September season starts with 2020-21 measures in place

For the new season beginning September 2020, New Zealand and Australia have introduced the measures to combat increasing spread of  Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMST) coming from targeted "BMST" countries which have now risen to 37 countries with the inclusion of Kazakhstan, Moldova, Portugal and Ukraine.

Panama Maritime Authority to stop grant of extension to Seafarer's Employment Agreement

The Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) will continue to extend the Seafarer's Employment Agreement (SEA) until 14 September 2020. Thereafter, the provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC,2006) as incorporated into the national legislation will have to be complied with.

Singapore revises crew change requirements and establishes a Crew Facilitation Centre

To facilitate crew changes in a safe manner and against COVID-19 risks, Singapore revises crew change requirements and sets up Crew Facilitation centre  from 1st September 2020.

August 2020

Nigeria Impact Survey

The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) has launched an anonymous Impact Survey to better understand the evolving situation relating to the operating environment in Nigerian ports and terminals and assess the impact of MACN’s efforts in Nigeria. 

July 2020

Republic of Korea implements national sulphur emission control area

Several South Korean ports will have designated national sulphur emission control areas from midnight 1 September 2020.

Self-quarantine is crucial for crew change in Singapore

Following an incident where a crew member was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon arrival in Singapore, the Singapore Shipowners Association is reiterating the importance of self-quarantine.