SİRKÜLER NO: 6.12 / 693-555 = 28/09/2020

Üyesi bulunduğumuz FONASBA' dan 25.09.2020 tarihinde almış olduğumuz e- posta mesajı aşağıdaki gibidir.



Dear All,


As we have nothing further to report on specific port and crew change developments in respect of COVID-19 precautions, we are taking the opportunity of circulating copies of two addresses given by the Secretaries General of the United Nations, António Guterres and of IMO, Kitack Lim, on the occasion of World Maritime Day, both of which acknowledge the contribution of shipping to combatting the effects of the virus and its importance to the post-pandemic recovery.


We are also pleased to report that during its extraordinary session on 21st September the Maritime Safety Committee issued a resolution on “Recommended action to facilitate ship crew change, access to medical care and seafarer travel during the COVID-19 pandemic” which urges specific action to address the issues raised. The resolution expresses deep concern about the significant challenges being faced by the global shipping community to effect crew changes and repatriation of seafarers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing the crucial role of seafarers in supplying vital goods. 


The resolution “urges Governments and relevant national authorities to:


  • Engage nationally and internationally in discussions on the implementation of the Recommended Framework of Protocols for Ensuring Safe Ship Crew Changes and Travel during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (CL.4204/Add.14) and consider applying them to the maximum extent possible;
  • designate seafarers as "key workers" providing an essential service, in order to facilitate safe and unhindered movement for embarking or disembarking a vessel and consider legal possibilities for accepting internationally recognized documentation carried by seafarers as evidence of their status as "key workers", and for the purpose of their travel and movement for crew change;
  • consider, in liaison with relevant ministries and authorities, including those responsible for immigration, temporary measures including (where possible under relevant law) waivers, exemptions or other relaxations from any visa or documentary requirements that might normally apply to seafarers; 
  • encourage the use of prevention measures, such as tests on crew before embarkation to reduce the risk of crew infections, with a view to facilitating safe and quick crew changes during the pandemic; and
  • provide seafarers with immediate access to medical care, medical facilities and facilitate medical evacuation of seafarers in need of urgent medical attention when the required medical care cannot be provided either on board or in the port of call; and address the situation of seafarers who, due to their unforeseen longer periods on board, are facing expiration of essential medical prescriptions.


Governments and relevant national authorities are also invited to designate a National Focal Point on Crew Change and Repatriation of Seafarers, to coordinate action at national level”

Source: IMO Website:


Members may be interested to know that IMO Circular Letter 4204/Add.14 is a detailed document outlining recommended protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the pandemic. This document, which was largely developed by the International Chamber of Shipping runs to 61 pages and as you will note from the first page, copy attached, is supported by FONASBA as well as a wide range of other international maritime bodies. We are of course very pleased to be associated with this document and will continue to encourage its fullest possible support by IMO Contracting Governments.




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