This BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report for the week ending 29 April covers the International Maritime Organization (IMO) including crew change national contact point, Hong Kong SAR, Philippines, Singapore , and the latest from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
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, WHO, ILO and the Port State Control MoU regimes.
The below represent the latest information from the IMO.
Even though seafarers are designated as key workers, take note that effective 1 April, they may be subject to testing on the 5th and 12th day following their arrival in Hong Kong and during the medical surveillance period. For more information, see the HK website for testing and self-isolation arrangements required for seafarers. Note in any case, signing-on crew members arriving at the airport should possess a negative result of COVID-19 nucleic acid test within 48 hours prior to the scheduled departure time for duty and must take a polymerase chain reaction-based nucleic acid test at the DH’s TSCC ( department of health's temporary specimen collection centre) and wait for the results there. After testing and immigration procedures, they must use the designated channel to arrive the pick-up point and travel to their vessels by point-to-point transportation.
See also updated summary table of quarantine arrangements for visiting vessels effective since 1 April 2022*
* Source: The International Maritime Employers' Council ( IMEC)
The Philippines' Bureau of Quarantine, Department of Health issued Memorandum circular 2022 -04, setting out revised interim guidelines on crew change for cargo and cruise ships.port marine circular 08/2022 issued by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.
On 30 March, WHO updated their Strategic, Preparedness, Readiness and Response Plan ( SPRP) for COVID-19 in 2022 , setting out a number of key strategic adjustments for implementation at national, regional and global levels which will enable the world to end the acute phase of the pandemic, if these adjustments are implemented rapidly and consistently.
On 13 April, the International Health Regulatons Emergency Committee held their 11th meeting issuing 11 temporary recommendations to governments, which also involved the SPRP plan, to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please see BIMCO-WHO for more information.
According to GISIS today, the list of countries (56) informing the IMO of their national focal point of contact for crew change and repatriation of seafarers are: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba (Kingdom of the Netherlands) , the Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cook Islands, Costa Rica , Cyprus, Dominica, Ecuador, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Libya , the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco , Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore , Sint Maarten ( Kingdom of the Netherlands) , Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand , Tunisia, Ministry of Transport ( new), Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu.
Due to the situation in Ukraine, collective guidance harmonising the Port State Control activities ( PSC) has now been issued by the Indian Ocean, Paris, and Tokyo MoU on PSC and Vina del Mar Agreement relating to the repatriation of seafarers. Full information can be found in an IMO circular letter no. 4524/Add.2 dated 31 March 2022.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) issued the following on maritime labour issues and COVID-19:
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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