This BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report for the week ending 3 June 2022 covers the International Maritime Organization (IMO) including crew change national contact point, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine 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.
The Russian government has informed the IMO of changes made to the route (humanitarian maritime corridor) in the Black Sea for merchant ships coming from the Ukrainian ports of Chernomorsk, Kherson, Mykolaiv, Ochakov, Odessa and Yuzhne effective 27 May 2022. Full details are available in the IMO circular no. 4577 dated 30 May 2022.
Via an IMO circular letter no. 4245/Add.11, the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure advised that seafarer's seaman book, Certificate of Competencies ( COC) and other relevant certificates would be granted extension of validity of up to 30 June 2022 without any further application or approval process required.
See also Turkey travel and entry restrictions 2022 - COVID-19 update here (Updated as per 7 February, 2023).circular no. 4573 titled "Maritime security threat posed by free floating sea mines in the Black Sea region), advising ships to navigate cautiously whilst operating in the Black Sea region including the coasts of littoral States based on reports received on free floating sea mines in the region due to the Ukrainian-Russian conflict.
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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