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, 9 April 2021
Addendum no. 35/rev. 5 issued 7 April 2021 provides a consolidated list of the IMO members that have so far notified IMO on their designation of seafarers as key workers
As of today, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, the Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu.
Additional details available on our implementation page.
The Italian government have provided measures for conduction crew change, boarding and repatriation in italian ports. The circular contains measures on the following:
Some measures extends beyond Italian soil - e.g. to the ship.
Kiribati have asked for circulation of IMO Circular letter no 4299/add. 4, which contains information on:
The Libyan government have circulated measures to extend seafarers' STCW and other certificates
IMO have circulated circ. 4396 with reference to the Slovenian webpage with consolidated measures for COVID-19
IMO have circulated circ. no. 4301/add.1 issued by the Venezuelan government, which identifies seafarers as key workers
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.
For general guidance and information on cargo-related queries.
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