BLOOMBERG CRUISE https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2020-where-are-the-cruise-ships/
In the table below info from: https://safety4sea.com/
The North Club has summarised all information concerning which countries enable crew changes and not – In the table below info from: https://safety4sea.com/
# Ports’ regulations during the pandemic:
|Date||Publisher||Name of Publication||Information|
|01 June 2020||Turkish Ministry of Transport, Turkey||Surveyors, repair teams, agents, suppliers, etc. wearing the correct PPE and passing necessary fever controls in the port will be permitted onboard the vessels transiting the Turkish Straits without obtaining permission from the authorities. This is provided that the visitors boarding the vessels do not enter inside the accommodation.|
|29 May 2020||Turkish Ministry of Transport, Turkey||The Turkish Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure instructs harbour masters:
|26 May 2020||Transport Malta, Malta||Port Notice No 09/20||Transport Malta issued Port Notice 09/20 titled “COVID-19 Temporary Precautionary Measures – Framework of protocol for conducting maritime support services”.|
|26 May 2020||Federal Government of Brazil, Brazil||The Federal Government has published Ordinance 255 which extends, for a further period of 30 days, the prohibition of foreigners entering the country by air, road or water.Similar to previous Ordinances, art 4 establishes that the restrictions do not apply to:
Art. 5 expressly creates two exclusions relevant to shipping operations. Firstly, it allows the entry and stay of a foreign maritime crew member with an international seafarer card issued under the terms of the International Labour Organisation Convention, whose entry is required by the maritime agent to the Federal Police, to exercise specific functions on board a vessel or platform operating in jurisdictional waters. The seafarer’s identity card mentioned may be substituted by a passport that attributes the status of seafarer to its holder, provided that it is issued by a country signatory to the International Labour Organization Convention. This allowance however does not exempt the foreigner from the obligation to carry an entry visa appropriate to his condition as a sea crew member, when this is required by Brazilian law. Secondly, the disembarkation of crew members for medical assistance or for air connection to return to the country of origin related to operational issues or termination of employment contract has also been allowed. It is further established that for this kind of entry, permission will be issued by the Federal Police through a term of responsibility for the expenses resulting from the connection signed by the relevant maritime agent after prior consent of the local health authorities, and the corresponding air tickets must be presented.
|26 May 2020||Pandi Liquidadores S.R.L, Argentina||Open and operational ports:Necochea & Bahia Blanca ports: Health Authorities request ships calling from “affected areas” a 14-day transit form last port of call. Stevedores at Necochea, however, refuse to provide services to any ship calling with less than 14 days transit time. “Affected areas” are EU members, Schengen members, UK and North Ireland, United States of America, Korea, Japan, China, Iran, Chile and Brazil.
San Nicolas port (public berths): port authorities seem to be requesting to ships calling a 14-day transit time from any previous port, but this does not seem set in stone.
The crew of the Uruguayan Pilots’ boats, which are used by the Argentinean Pilots to embark / disembark at Recalada Pilot Station from Montevideo/Buzeo, have decided on 18th May 2020 to remain under quarantine (stopping their activity) until all their staff are tested for COVID-19. In the meantime, Argentinean pilots are using the small port of Piriapolis in Uruguay which could entail some delays to embark/disembark at Recalda.
Surveyors attendance: some restriction may be encountered but so far services are being provided.
The National Protocol for the prevention of covid-19 has been amended. It provides additional requirements for ships’ arriving to Argentina. The requirements will vary depending on transit time, last port of call and crew changes. This includes additional/enhanced pre-arrival information and documentation; clarification as to mandatory quarantine applicable; and requirements applicable to Pilots.
It provides express provisions applicable to ships:
Mandatory quarantine would be applicable if there are confirmed COVID19 cases on board; or suspected cases and the quarantine ordered by the Sanitary Authorities. In addition, if any vessel whatsoever fails to comply with the requirements and pre-arrival information requested according to the protocol, the vessel will be placed in quarantine for 14 days (counting as from the date of departure from the last port of call).
In addition, if a COVID19 is confirmed on board of any vessel that has called Argentinean ports within 30 days of its departure, the ship agents must be provided with certain documentation / information to be submitted to our Authorities (understood to track possible contagion in the country during ship’s call).
|25 May 2020||GAC , Caribbean Marine, Teal P&I, Trinidad and Tobago||The country is currently implementing a phased reopening plan, but the country’s boards remain closed until further notice.|
|25 May 2020||Cariconsult, Meyer Agencies Ltd, Bermuda||International flights remain suspended and non-essential vessels are prohibited from entering the seaport. The country has commenced a phased reopening, authorised businesses are permitted to operate between 07:00 – 21:00|
|25 May 2020||Caribbean Marine, Cuba||All boarders remain closed until further notice.|
|25 May 2020||E&M International Consulting, Hogarth, Cariconsult, Haiti||The state of emergency will remain in place until at least 19 July. A curfew between 20:00 – 04:00 is in force.|
|25 May 2020||Cariconsult, Caribbean Marine, Schad Expertise, Wilhelmsen, Dominican Republic||Land, air and sea boarders will remain closed until at least 1 June 2020. The night time curfew remains in force.|
|21 May 2020||Department of Shipping, Bangladesh||Further to the advice issued by the Director General of the Department of Shipping on 29 April not to impose any container detention charges on import and export shipments for the period of the lockdown, there were reports of local agents continuing to impose container detention charges.As such, another circular dated 17 May reinforcing the directive to give waiver on container detention charges until 30 May. Furthermore the Department of Shipping issued a circular on 20 May requesting to annul the licenses of all the liner shipping agents who will not comply with the above instructions with regards to waiving container detention charges for import and export shipments.|
|21 May 2020||PANDI BALT SIA (LTD), Wilhelmsen, RAMANAUSKAS IR PARTNERIAI Law Firm, Lithuania||State of emergency in the country is valid until 31 May 2020.
|21 May 2020||PANDI BALT SIA (LTD) , Wilhelmsen, Latvia||State of emergency in the country is valid until 9 June.
|21 May 2020||Pandi Balt Sia, S5 agency world, Estonia||The state of emergency in the country was lifted on 18 May 2020 but the below restrictions remain in force.
|19 May 2020||Intermarc Services, GAC, Mclarens Shipping Ltd, Sri Lanka||The curfew is in force in the districts of Colombo (Port of Colombo) and Gampaha until further notice. Curfew in other districts are effective from 8pm to 5am daily until 22 May. Airports continue to be closed for arrivals until further notice, and departure flights are limited. Sri Lankan Airlines resumed limited operations to selected destinations (London, Tokyo, Melbourne and Hong Kong).|
|19 May 2020||P&I Services Pvt. Ltd, Aeghiscorp Maritime Ventures, GAC India, Bose & Mitra & Co, James Mackintosh & Co. Pvt. Ltd., India||GAC advise as follows:
|18 May 2020||Pinto Basto, Bensaude – Shipping Agents, Ltd, Potrugal||The Portuguese Government have extended border control and containment measures until 15 June:
|18 May 2020||JF (Bangladesh) Limited , Interport Group, Coast To Coast P&I Services Ltd, GAC Bangladesh, Bangladesh||Withdrawal of the temporary stay on issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) for import of ships for recycling. Ship yards have resumed operations.|
|16 May 2020||C.Fernie & Co S.A GAC Panama, Panama Agencies Co. Inc., Cariconsult, Panama||International commercial flights remain suspended. The suspension was extended up to 22 June. Flights in and out of Panama could remain suspended into July or August. Cargo flights and courier companies continue reduced service in Panama for the time being. Curfew and road blocks could have an impact on the time it takes for Customs clearance and delivery. At this time, all crew changes, overseas technician and superintendent attendances remain suspended. Ships personnel are not allowed ashore unless there is a medical emergency and special permission has to be requested from the Ministry of Health.There are some exceptions to the lockdown which include the Panama Canal and the Maritime sector. Ports and Terminals continue operations.|
|15 May 2020||GAC, C-RECT P & I Services, Shikoku Marine Agency Company Limited, Japan||Updated list of countries that the Japan’s Ministry of Justice is denying permission to land foreigners, unless the circumstances are exceptional. The State of Emergency in 39 prefectures (out of 47 prefectures) was lifted on 14 May, but in the remaining 8 prefectures including Tokyo and Osaka, declaration of emergency is continued.|
|15 May 2020||Neffous Shipping & Consulting (P&I), Bemi P&I, Société Algerienne des Etablissements, MORY & Cie, TCI Africa, Algeria||Curfew continues in force in all the country from 07h000 to 19h00, which limits the port operations to take place between these hours. In Algiers, Oran, Blida curfew is applied from 07h00 to 17h00. In some ports, the discharing operations of one (1) hold / shift per vessel is implemented. Crew and cargo are inspected at their arrival to ports.|
|14 May 2020||Huatai Insurance Agency, China||Circular Ref No.: PNI  07||The agency issued a circular providing updates on crew changes concerning ill or injured crew.|
|14 May 2020||France||The French Government has enacted an Order providing that any time bar before the French Court which was due to expire as of 12 March 2020 is frozen until the end of a time limit of three months from the end of the Health Emergency as declared in France. As things stand, the health state of emergency is in force until 10 July, therefore time limits due to expire between 12 March and 10 August are extended until 10 October.|
|14 May 2020||Brazmar, Brazil||Brazmar advise that:
|14 May 2020||MedPandi, Indeco, Aiyon Abogados, Nagasa, Wilhelmsen, Bull Marine Surveyors, Spain||The Ministry of Transport has published Order TMA/410/2020, limiting the entry of aircrafts and passenger vessels through designated points of entry with capacity to attend public health emergencies of international importance, which will enter into force on Saturday 16 May 2020.This regulation applies to ro-ro vessels and passenger vessels operating a regular service with ports outside Spanish territory, with passengers that are not the drivers of drawing vehicles or trailers. This regulation also applies to passenger flights flying into Spain from abroad.
The above means of transport will be only allowed to use the ports and airports designated as points of entry (PoE). These PoE are:
|13 May 2020||Ukraine||The Government of Ukraine have extended the period of quarantine in Ukraine until 22 May.|
|13 May 2020||Mozambique||Mozambique is under quarantine until 30 May|
COVID-19 MAPs for shipowners, operators, shipyards, offshore, port and terminal managers, forwarders, seaferers, dockers, sailors and their families. This is a map for anyone who needs up-to-date information on COVID-19 in maritime business
With the COVID-19 outbreak, ports, terminal operators and shipyards are imposing various restrictions on vessels and crew, to help companies keep track of these restrictions, Wilhelmsen Ship Services has produced the following map.
The ITF has launched a map showing the effect of Covid-19 restrictions on countries and ports around the globe. Based on data from the ITF’s network of around 140 inspectors and contact networks, the map will be a vital resource for the thousands of seafarers hit hard by the crisis.
EU Mobility and Transport INFO: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/coronavirus-response_en
COVID-19: Coronavirus Outbreak – Impact on Shipping *Update* https://www.nepia.com/industry-news/coronavirus-outbreak-impact-on-shipping/
World ports Covid19 information portal – https://sustainableworldports.org/world-ports-covid19-information-portal/
International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network https://www.seafarerswelfare.org/ info:
World Health Organization:
- Information and guidance regarding the current outbreak of COVID-19, including daily updates: www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public
- Updated WHO recommendations for international traffic in relation to COVID-19 outbreak (29 February 2020): www.who.int/news-room/articles-detail/updated-who-recommendations-for-international-traffic-in-relation-to-covid-19-outbreak
International Maritime Organization: www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/HotTopics/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
COVID-19 – Country information for seafarers (map with current port information and contact details for ITF inspectors): www.itfseafarers.org/en/embed/covid-19-country-information-seafarers
COVID-19 Information Dashboard (country- and port-specific advice on COVID-19 measures): geollectcoronavirusdashboard.com.s3-website.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Port Restrictions Map (updated daily): wilhelmsen.com/ships-agency/campaigns/coronavirus/coronavirus-map
Management of Suspected COVID-19 on Board (information for officers responsible for medical treatment on board ships and mobile offshore units): www.covid19atsea.no
CHIRP Maritime (April 2020):
- Focus on seafarer wellbeing during COVID-19 pandemic: www.chirpmaritime.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Covid-19-psycology-and-welfare-paper-April-2020-Final.pdf
- COVID-19 general advice to Masters and crew: www.chirpmaritime.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/CHIRP-Maritime-COVID19-General-Medical-Advice.pdf
- Trapped by COVID-19 – highlighting the plight of seafarers on board vessels: www.chirpmaritime.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Trapped-on-board-April-2020-.pdf
Coronavirus – How to Beat it (free-of-charge awareness video by Seagull and Videotel): www.microsite.videotel.com/coronavirus
Coronavirus – Stay Safe on Board (video produced by Marine Media Enterprises with the support of Columbia Ship Management, ISWAN and Steamship Mutual): www.steamshipmutual.com/loss-prevention/stay_safe_on_board_0420.htm