BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report dated 18 November 2022

COVID 19  3 factors to help you stay safe


This BIMCO COVID 19 weekly report for the week ending 18 November 2022 covers the International Maritime Organization (IMO) including crew change national contact point,  Brazil, Ukraine, and the latest from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO).

For the weekly report, 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. 

1. IMO

The below represent the latest information from the IMO.  

  • Addendum no.35/Rev.12, issued on 15 November 2022, provides a consolidated list of the IMO members that have so far notified IMO on their designation of seafarers as key workers. The latest list of 66 notifications is shown below with the addition of Jordan.


2. Government States 



Proinde reported on 5 November 2022, that via Resolution RDC 759/2022  that was passed by that National Agency of Health Surveillance ( ANVISA),  crew change and shore leave are now allowed without prior permission to be granted by ANVISA.


The government of Ukraine updating the IMO of measures adopted in relation to extension of validity of seafarers' certificates to 30 June 2023 due to the Russian-Ukraine war and COVID- 19 outbreak. For full details, please refer to IMO circular letter no. 4232/Add.18. 


3. World Health Organization (WHO) 

Updated as at 14 February 2023 

The WHO issued a statement on 30 January 2023  in respect of the 14th meeting held by the International Health Regulations ( 2005) ( IHR) Emergency Committee on Friday, 27 January 2023 regarding COVID-19 pandemic. The said meeting confirmed, amongst others, that COVID-19 continues to constitute a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC); albelt it is at a transition point where careful navigation and mitigating the potential negative consequences remains a prioritized goal. WHO has considered the IHR advice and has issued a set of 7 temporary recommendations which can be viewed at the end of the WHO Statement. 

Please see BIMCO-WHO for more information.


4. IMO Crew Change - National Focal Point for Crew Change and Repatriation of Seafarers

Updated as at 14 February 2023

According to GISIS today, the list of countries (67) informing the IMO of their national focal point of contact for crew change and repatriation of seafarers are: Algeria Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba (Kingdom of the Netherlands)  the Bahamas, Bahrain (new), Belgium Brazil, Canada, Chile Cook Islands, Costa Rica Cyprus, Dominica, Ecuador, Egypt (new), Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana (new), Greece, India, Indonesia, IrelandIsrael, Italy, Jamaica, Libya , the Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco ,  Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia,Singapore , Sint Maarten ( Kingdom of the Netherlands) ,  Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname , Sweden, Thailand , Trinidad and Tobago ( new), Tunisia, Ministry of Transport, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania ( new)  and Vanuatu. 


5. Port State Control - MOU 

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. 

See also BIMCO Port State Control Regimes- MOU 


6. ILO


The International Labour Organization  (ILO) issued the following on maritime labour issues and COVID-19:


7. Others 

The UK P&I Club's version 1.40  on Global Crew Change Advice covers update on India. 


    8. BIMCO

    BIMCO General COVID-19 Links

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.

Ai Cheng Foo-Nielsen
in Copenhagen, DK


Access BIMCO's COVID-19 related articles and advice.

Read more

VPS Bunker Alerts

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.

Latest piracy reports


Latest industry releasable threats


Latest Related News

No related news was found

View All News


Contracts & Clauses

All of BIMCO's most widely used contracts and clauses as well as advice on managing charters and business partners.

Learn about your cargo

For general guidance and information on cargo-related queries.

More about cargo

BIMCO Publications

Want to buy or download a BIMCO publication? Use the link to get access to the ballast water management guide, the ship master’s security manual and many other publications.

About a new business partner

We can help members check new business partners. We also help to recover millions of USD (undisputed) funds every year.