Coronavirus outbreak has caused over 1,300 deaths and a massive uncertainty across the global trade, with WHO declaring a state of global health emergency.

With extensive travel restrictions to and within China, moving personnel has become more difficult, and ports outside of China are carefully scrutinizing seafarers who have recently visited affected areas.

In those cases where it is not possible to change the crew due to this situation, this Administration should consider appropriate to make an exemption to Standard A2.4.3, and Standard A2.5.1.2(b) of the MLC, 2006, as amended, in order to extend the seafarers period of service onboard, due to the WHO global health emergency which stated:

  • Standard A2.4 – Entitlement to leave

3. Any agreement to forgo the minimum annual leave with pay prescribed in this Standard, except in cases provided for by the competent authority, shall be prohibited.

  • Standard A2.5.1 - Repatriation

2.Each Member shall ensure that there are appropriate provisions in its laws and regulations or other measures or in collective bargaining agreements, prescribing:

(b) the maximum duration of services periods on board following seafarer is entitled to repatriation – such periods to be less that 12 months; …

In those cases where the exemption is required, please be informed that by the end of the extension provided all the seafarers will have the right to have their annual leave with pay, and to be duly repatriated, as prescribed by the Standard A2.4.3, and Standard A2.5.1.2(b) of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended, accordingly.

Finally, be informed that the exemption given through this Marine Notice will be reviewed within a period of one month, in which it will be decide whether the exemption granted is maintained or terminated.