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, 23rd July 2021.
The below circulars represent the latest information to-date from the IMO.
As per our BIMCO news of 12th April, the IMO has discontinued the issue of the IMO circular in series: MSC.7/circ. 1 relating to government states informing the IMO of their national focal point for crew change and repatriation of seafarers. Instead, the IMO's online Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) will be used to contain such information.
According to GISIS today, the list of countries (45) informing the IMO of their national focal point of contact for crew change and repatriation of seafarers are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, the Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore (new), Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand , Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu.
Earlier reference of the MSC.7/circ.1 : our implementation page.
To improve ship-shore interface for all ports and crew changes in China, the Chinese government has revised via an IMO circular letter, their Guidance on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 on board, releasing their 6th version.
A circular was issued by the Maritime Administration of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the 18th July via an IMO circular letter no. 4248/Add.12 advising of the COVID-19 measures taken for ships and crew with respect to audits, surveys and certification. These temporary measures, in general, give a three months' extension and will take effect from 18 July 2021. Please read the circular for full guidance.
Via an IMO circular letter no 4283/Add.4, the Vanuatu government, in relation to COVID-19, has issued revised policies on the 12th July pertaining to the following matters:
The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)
The EMSA issued on the 19 July 2021, a detailed report of the impact of COVID-19 on the Maritime Sector in the EU in particular, its impact on EU traffic and trade, EU fleet, Shipyard and Ship Repair Activity, the Ferry and Cruise Industry, and Safety and Environmental inspections.
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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