This BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report for the week ending 24 June 2022 covers the International Maritime Organization (IMO) including crew change national contact point, Australia, Canada, Myanmar, Russia, Safety4Sea 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 Australian Maritime Safety Authority issued Marine notice 08/2022 to remind companies, owners and masters of ships that seafarers should be afforded shore leave as required by the Maritime Labour Convention to ensure their well-being in promoting better physical and mental health conditions for seafarers as well as reducing the risks of fatigue, notwithstanding that Australia still have COVID-19 protocols albeit relaxed ones.See also COVID-19 requirements for maritime crew.
COVID-19 vaccine is now available for foreign seafarers in Canada. See Ship Safety Bulletin no. 11/2022 for full details on how to get the vaccine. SBB no. 12/2022 has just been issued relating to updated guidelines respecting the mobility of asymptomatic presumed non-COVID 19 carrying seafarers in the marine sector during the pandemic, in particular the changes made to the tests required for seeking entry into the country . This SSB supersedes SSB no. 06/2022.
The Myanmar's department of Marine Administration issued Marine instruction 3/2022 regarding further extension of the validity of STCW certificates that are expiring between the period of 1 July 2022 to 30 September 2022 shall be extended to 31 December 2022 without need to submit application at the DMA. For full details including revalidation of CoCs and CoPs, please refer to the said marine instruction issued via an IMO circular letter no. 4246/Add.12.IMO circular letter no. 4237/Add.29 for full details.
WHO has issued on 17 June 2022, interim statements on the following and would reflect the current vaccine performance as of June 2022:
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:
Safety4Sea organised from 21 June to 23 June 2022, a "2022 crew welfare week: how to improve life at sea in the post pandemic shipping" where sessions were held exploring topics ranging from investment in crew welfare and initiatives, soft skills, mental health to seafarers' rights to diversity & inclusion.
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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