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December 2020

BIMCO’s 2021 holiday information available online for members

The BIMCO holiday information for 2021 is now available online, offering increased focus on local and regional holidays, increased transparency and better reliability.

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, 4 December 2020

Amendments to California’s Marine Invasive Species Program will come into force soon

California has amended regulation in section 2298.5 in Article 4.8 of Title 2, Division 3 of Chapter 1 of the California Code of Regulations. The regulatory changes become effective on 1 January 2021. It changes the way ships should submit information through the Marine Invasive Species Program Annual Vessel Reporting Form.

UN adopts resolution to designate seafarers as key workers

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on 1st December urging all nations to designate seafarers as key workers and implement the crew change protocols established by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Support for seafarers for the holidays

A group of shipping and seafarer organisations have made a collection of flyers, pictures and posters for the coming holiday months. Employers of seafarers can use to flyers and posters to inform their crews of initiatives or helplines, that can inspire some festive mood or help alleviate sorrow or home sickness.

November 2020

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, 27 November 2020

Seafarer's employment agreement during COVID-19 - Australia informs on updated port state inspections

The Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) updates the temporary arrangements during COVID-19 relating to the maximum period of shipboard service allowed for seafarers under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC,2006).

Crew change requirements -Singapore issues revised circular

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.

Crew Change - Shanghai issues notice

With the open of 10 Chinese ports to allow for foreign crew change, Shanghai follows up with the issue of notice on its implementation.

Crew change and repatriation - Governments designate a national focal point of contact

BIMCO provides the information on where you can seek assistance from government states with regard to crew change and repatriation.

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