In recent years, global health crisis’ such as the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic have impacted the safety of seafarers and has made maritime operations more challenging.
We advise all Members to keep up-to-date with the advice published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both organisations are experts in this field and guide the Club.
The Club has also created a Health and Wellbeing resource page to assist Seafarers with finding advice on how to maintain positive health.
Members should be aware that in addition to the precautions required in known high risk areas, further restrictions and health checks may be imposed by port authorities of countries Members subsequently visit.
We recommend that Members keep in contact with our Correspondents in the area for the most up-to-date information regarding outbreaks, including any new restrictions or procedures that may be imposed in the local vicinity.
In addition, the 13 member P&I Clubs of the International Group have launched an online digital tool (dashboard) to assist shipowners, charterers, operators and other parties in the maritime sector to track country and port specific advice, detailing the measures being put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Access to this online dashboard is available by means of either of the following links:
From the World Health Organisation (WHO)
Monkeypox: Overview, symptoms and Treatment
From the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Multi-country monkeypox outbreak in non-endemic countries. Circular Letter No.4575
Monkeypox disease Latest Updates and Recommendations
Recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic issued as MSC.1/Circ.1636.
From the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
The second revision of Note on Maritime Labour Issues and Coronavirus (COVID-19).
From the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
Shipping Policy Principles for Pandemic Recovery
The Impact of COVID-19 on Shipping, Seafarers and Maritime Labour Markets
The 2nd edition of the Seafarer Shore Leave Principles.
The 2nd edition of the Roadmap for Vaccination of International Seafarers
The 3rd edition of the Vaccination for Seafarers and Shipping Companies: A Practical Guide
The 5th edition of the Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers
The 2nd edition of the Legal, Liability and Insurance Issues arising from Vaccination of Seafarers
From the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG P&I)
From the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS)
From the EU Healthy Gateways
ECSA Revision of the EU Healthy Gateways: Advice for preparedness and response to cases of COVID-19 on board ferries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
An article prepared by a Campbell Johnston Clark (CJC) addresses some of the main legal issues which are likely to arise as a result of prohibitions and obstructions arising out of the outbreak of COVID-19, in the context of shipping contracts.
The Workboat Association have produced a Good Practice Guide for the control of COVID-19 on board Workboats, to ensure organisations protect the health of seafarers, passengers and public, and to maximise efficiency when responding to an emergency situation related to COVID-19.
The International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) have created a hub to collate various government guidelines on Pilotage Practices in their jurisdiction.
As Members will be aware, ports are now commanding various restrictions on vessels and crew. Two resources which may be of assistance to assist with travel restrictions and/or vessel movements are the Wilhelmsen COVID-19 Global Port Restrictions Map and the World Port Sustainability Programme’s World Ports COVID-19 Information Portal.
The Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR) published the exceptional measures in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure a good performance of Rhine navigation.
Leading maritime e-learning providers, Videotel and Seagull, have partnered to produce a free video for crew which details the measures that can be taken on board to prevent and contain the spread of Coronavirus on board.
BIMCO have produced advisory posters to help protect against the spread of Coronavirus on board ships. There are three, easy to print, black-and-white posters which are highlight specific risks in different locations, both on board and shore side.