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December 2020

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.

October 2020

Argentina pushes forward with new regulations to battle against Asian Gypsy Moth

Argentina has just passed a resolution to enforce phytosanitary measures against Asian gypsy moth (AGM) for international ships arriving at Argentinian ports.

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.