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 Organisation (IMO), World Health Organisation (WHO) and International Labour Organisation (ILO).

BIMCO provides the following update for this week ending Friday, 4 December 2020

1. IMO 

BIMCO shared our support for the emotional IMO dedication of UN Human Rights' Day to the seafarers.

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

  • As of today, the countries that have informed the IMO of the above are: Antigua and Barbuda, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cook Islands, Cyprus, France, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Vanuatu.

Reference: MSC.7/circ.1/Rev.16

3. Government States  

  • India

Pages related to seafarers certificates extension and general procedures have been updated with the following notably updates:

  • Extension of GOC until 31 December 2021
  • Crew change procedures for sign on crew
  • Allowing for completion of certain training elements
  • Bahamas

Pages related to seafarers certificates extension have been updated

  • Belgium

Pages related to seafarers certificates extension and general procedures have been updated with the following notably updates

  • Poland

Poland shared circular letter 4232/add. 7 through IMO allowing further extensions to:

  • Seafarer’s documents, which may be extended for up to 90 days after the state of emergency has been revoked
  • Medical certificates, which may be extended for up to 60 days after the state of emergency has been revoked
  • Seafarer Employment Agreements, which may be extended for initally 3 months. Subsequent extension may be allowed if repatriation is impossible

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.






MSC.7/circ.1/Rev.15 - India, Montenegro, Panama, Sri Lanka and Tunisia are added.  The list contains now, 

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