This BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report for the week ending 12 November covers Argentina, Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Myanmar, Singapore, USA and the latest from the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Every week, BIMCO summarises measures imposed by governments for sea transport, including for crew change, as well as updates from United Nations bodies such as the IMO, World Health Organization (WHO) and International Labour Organization (ILO).
The below circulars represent the latest information to-date from the IMO.
According to GISIS today, the list of countries (46) 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, Libya (new), the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore , Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand , Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu.
BIMCO has received the following information from VEGA & CO - Marine Risk & Insurance Solutions:
Health authorities stated that:
Transport Canada has issued the following ship safety bulletins (SSB):
Note: Although a seafarer’s entry into Canada may be permitted, there are also certain travel restrictions and exemptions, which may vary from time to time, when moving between or within certain provinces and territories.
Note also that shore leave is allowed only to asymptomatic, presumed non-COVID19 seafarers and not to exceed 6 hours in length per interval.
Guidance for cross border travellers, including foreign crew signing on and off through sea transportation modes has been issued by the Indonesian Transportation authorities in the form of a circular letter no. SE 84/2021. In general, all crew members signing on, will need to present COVID19 vaccination certificate as a minimum requirement of entry; otherwise to be quarantined and vaccinated at the quarantine place following RT-PCR test taken on the 4th day of quarantine. Signing-off crew are required to take RT-PCR test and undergo quarantine for 5x24 hours at quarantine accommodation places recommended by their COVID-19 National Task Force. Another RT-PCR test is required on the 4th day of the quarantine. Please refer to the IMO circular letter no. 4268/Add.4 dated 9 November enclosing the said circular letter for full details.
Via an IMO circular letter no. 4231/Add.24 dated 3 November, the Italian Coast Guard provides an updated list of their ports where COVID-19 vaccination is available to seafarers.
The Myanmar's department of Marine Administration issued Marine instruction 10/2021 allowing for an extension of validity of certificates of Myanmar-registered ships to another 3 months for those expiring between the period of 1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021. For full details, please refer to the said marine instruction.
The Singapore vaccination (SEAVAX) centre for seafarers has just improved their vaccination programme for seafarers making the requirements less stringent in terms of eligibility and better operational flow. For full details, please see message from SEAVAX team today as well as the Guidebook on COVID-10 Protocol for vaccination of seafarers.
BIMCO has been provided with an extensive Q&A document dated 25 October with information on:
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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 :
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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.
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