The American P&I Club is further extending the validity PEME certificates to January 15, 2021 for seafarers originating from Bulgaria, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Philippines, Poland, Romania, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.
The Singapore Maritime Port Authority recently announced that full personal protective equipment will be required within region’s crew changes operations.
A crew member of a bulk carrier ship was arrested after allegedly jumping into the sea from the ship, swimming ashore at a Western Australian port.
The COVID-19 pandemic taught us a lesson that we had forgotten. Health is always the top priority. Seafarers are no exception. Life onboard can be harsh due to the workload and isolation; for this reason, ship operators must alleviate some stress from seafarers, and ensure them that they will be safe. Let’s take a look on how ship operators can achieve this.
Taiwan’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued and implemented “Urgent medical treatment operation procedure for transit crews working on vessels sailing in international waters or ports between Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu, Xiamen and Fuzhou during COVID-19 pandemic.”
Canada is introducing a new domestic marine medical certificate that will be valid for 5 years. This applies to seafarers working on Canadian-flagged vessels that operate solely in domestic waters.
Amid the second wave of the pandemic, catering management and training provider MCTC, urged that seafarers’ health needs to be a priority for shipping, despite the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Authorities should give priority to seafarers in COVID-19 vaccination, together with medical personnel, in order to ensure a healthy work environment and protect the uninterrupted international trade, Unions of Greek Shipowners said.
Seafarers should be prioritised for testing and vaccine protection so that they could continue to do their vital job, said union Nautilus International, representing maritime professionals in the UK.
A new report by CNA, a US-based nonprofit organization, is looking at ways industries and governments have mitigated the spread of COVID-19 through the blue economy, while at the same time “jeopardizing the material and emotional wellbeing of seafarers”.
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