BIMCO Covid 19 Weekly Report dated January 21, 2022

This BIMCO COVID 19 Weekly Report for the week ending January 21 covers the World Health Organization (WHO), Canada, Ghana, Indonesia, UK P&I Club and the latest information from the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Each week, BIMCO summarizes the measures imposed by governments for maritime transport, including for crew changes, as well as updates from United Nations bodies such as the IMO, WHO and the International Organization Labor (ILO).

1. World Health Organization (WHO)

On December 23, WHO published an updated global technical note and priority action required for Member States to improve their preparedness for Omicron (B.1.1.529), of which WHO provided an overview. The overall risk from the concerning new variant of Omicron remains very high for a number of reasons (e.g. significant growth advantage over Delta resulting in rapid community spread) and also due to the fact that the overall risk of COVID-19 remains very high. high overall. A risk-based approach to adjust international travel measures in a timely manner is recommended and efforts to accelerate COVID-19 vaccination coverage as quickly as possible should continue. See WHO guidance for international traffic regarding SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant for more information.

Please consult BIMCO-WHO for more information.

2. Government States


Updated guidelines regarding the mobility of asymptomatic seafarers presumed not to be carriers of Covid-19* in the maritime sector during the COVID-19 pandemic (Ship Safety Bulletin (SSB) No.02/2022) issued on 15 January 2022 incorporating requirements requiring all, including seafarers, to be fully vaccinated on departure from Canada. However, if you are not vaccinated, a pre-departure COVID-19 molecular test will need to be provided:

• If the test result is negative, it must be dated less than 72 hours before the traveler’s scheduled departure time from Canada.
• If the test result is positive, it must be dated at least 10 days before but no more than 180 days before the traveler’s scheduled time of departure from Canada (for example, the traveler would be eligible to travel on the 11th day after his test was administered, since 10 days have passed). This represents those who had contracted COVID-19, have recovered, but may still test positive due to lingering amounts of virus in their system.

SSB No. 17/2021 regarding measures for persons (other than passengers) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on Canadian and foreign passenger vessels operating in Canadian waters published on November 1 was amended on January 15, 2022. The requirements are as follows:

• From November 15, 2021: All persons, except passengers, wishing to board a ship must have proof that they have received their first dose of a vaccine against COVID-19 .
• Effective January 24, 2022: All persons, except passengers, wishing to board a vessel will be required to present proof that they have received the recommended number of doses, or acceptable combination of doses a vaccine against COVID-19, at least 14 days before boarding.

If you are not fully vaccinated or unable to do so for a medical reason, a negative COVID-19 test will be required no later than 72 hours prior to boarding or a positive test result taken at least 10 days but no more than 180 days before embarkation. baording.

Please read both SSBs to be guided accordingly.


The UK P&I Club has updated the situation on Ghana and their mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for seafarers and fines of USD 3500 for non-compliance: suspended until further notice.


Extensions until June 30, 2022 granted by the Indonesian maritime authorities for the expiration of the certificate of proficiency, certificate of proficiency and certificate of approval of seafarers working on board. The medical certificate of seafarers working on board will be automatically extended for an additional 3 months when it expires. The expired offshore work agreement can be extended on board the vessel, approved by the captain until repatriation to the next port or renewed with the approval of the Indonesian port captain. Exemption from the standard minimum safe manning document subject to a risk assessment being carried out. Full details are available in IMO Circular Letter no. 4268/Add.5.

3. IMO Crew Change – National Focal Point for Crew Change and Seafarer Repatriation

According to GISIS today, the list of countries (48) informing the IMO of their national focal point of contact for crew change and repatriation of seafarers are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Cook Marshall Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, Ecuador (new) Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica , Libya, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco (new) Myanmar, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand , Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Vanuatu.

4. Others

The UK P&I Club has released version 1.33 of its Global Crew Change Advice and this version covers the update on Turkey and its vaccination protocol for seafarers.

5. IMO

The circulars below represent the latest information to date from IMO.

  • Addendum No. 35/rev. 8, published on 13 October 2021, provides a consolidated list of IMO members who have so far notified IMO of their designation of seafarers as key workers to date with the latest additions from Bulgaria and Pakistan. The full list is shown below:

  • Addendum n°42 to IMO circular n°. 4204 “Coronavirus (COVID-19)” issued on 17 September 2021 relating to the joint IMO/ILO statement on meeting obligations for medical assistance to seafarers and accelerating vaccination programs for seafarers.
  • Addendum No. 43 to IMO Circular No. 4204 “Coronavirus (COVID-19)” issued on November 1, 2021 proposing a list of world ports offering vaccinations for seafarers.


BIMCO General COVID-19 Links

BIMCO is constantly monitoring the restrictions related to COVID-19 and its impact on the shipping industry, in particular on crew changes. Here are some of the types of information currently provided by BIMCO:

You can also view all information on our COVID-19 homepage.

Source: BIMCO

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