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COVID-19 Maritime Resources

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IMO - Latest Documents

IMO Latest documents
IMO MEDIA CENTRE
ON CORONAVIRUS
General Information and Circulars issued by the IMO.
COVID-19 – Member States and Associate Members Communications

Port State Control - Latest Documents

Port State Control Latest documents
PARIS MOU General:
Guidance Notice 2020-01 UPDATED - Corona Virus (COVID-19)
TOKYO MOU Updated Press Release Tokyo MOU Revising the Guidance for Dealing with Impact of the Outbreak of the COVID-19.
General:
Press Release Tokyo MOU Guidance for Dealing with Impact of the Outbreak of the COVID-19
UNITED STATES PSC General:
MSIB 09-20 Vessel Inspections Exams and Documentation

IACS - Latest Documents

IACS Latest documents
IACS COVID-19 Website Correspondence:
Open Letter to Industry Associations.
Addendum Notice during COVID-19:
PR1C Procedure for Suspension and Reinstatement or Withdrawal of Class in Case of Surveys, Conditions of Class or Recommendations Going Overdue.

Flag State - Latest documents from flag

Flag State Latest documents from flag
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA General:
CIRCULAR-2020-001 Novel-Coronavirus-2019-nCoV-outbreak

Notes that Interim certificates under the ISM and ISPS Codes may be reissued for a further 6 months beyond an existing expiry date, and that other statutory certificates may be extended for 3 months, both requiring Administration agreement. Also notes that the Administration will consider requests for remote audits, if so recommended by the Recognized Organization.

BARBADOS Bulletin 323: COVID-19 Guidance

Advises that extensions of certificates, statutory surveys, drydocking and audits during the COVID-19 crisis period may be submitted to the Administration for consideration on a case-by-case basis.

Information-Notice-2020-002-Coronavirus-Guidance-Rev-1

Provides advice to shipping crews on practices to mitigate chances of sickness among crewmembers.

BAHAMAS General:
TA003-COVID-19-v4.0

Provides instructions on the pragmatic approach being used due to COVID-19. Includes conditions/instructions and authorization to ROs to consider extension or postponement and issuance of short-term statutory certificates for up to 3-months. The BMA 3-month extensions may be considered for ISM and ISPS internal audits. Instructions for external audits for ISM, ISPS and MLC inspections as well as seafarer certification are included. Finally requests for remote audits and surveys where supported by the ROs will be considered.

BELGIUM General:
Circular 2020/002 Operational measures concerning certification related to COVID-19
BERMUDA General:
Guidance Notice 2020-01 UPDATED - Corona Virus (COVID-19)
Survey:
Bermuda - Guidance Notice 2020-02 - COVID-19 Extension of Periodic Servicing of LSA and FFE Systems and Equipment
Certificates:
Bermuda - Guidance Notice 2020-03 - COVID-19 Continuity of Ship Certification
CANADA SSB 03-2020 - Extending the Validity of Canadian Marine (EN)
CAYMAN ISLANDS GN 02-2020 - COVID 19 on Cayman Islands Ships
COMOROS 20200224 20 01812 com
COOK ISLANDS General:
Circular 227/2020 COVID-19 – Extension of mandatory surveys, audits, inspections and validity of statutory certificates.
CYPRUS Circular-2020-8 2020-03-31.pdf

Notes availability of statutory survey extensions for up to 3 months from the last date of the survey window (subject to flag authorization), and supports requests for use of remote inspection techniques to be submitted to the Administration. Also notes that short-term certificates of 3 months validity may be issued if survey attendance is not possible, and the Administration is to be notified in each case.

Also notes that upon request, the Administration will authorize a 3-month extension for annual ISM audits (including Initial, Intermediate and Renewal ISM Verification). Annual ISPS Verification may be postponed by 3 months without further authorization from the Administration, including use of remote audit in lieu of physical audit when necessary.

Circular 2020-06 (2020-03-17)
Circular 2020-7 (2020-03-23)
Circular 2020-18 (2020-08-13)
ETHIOPIA Seafarer Instructions- Marine notice 17 – 2020

Provides guidance to operators on extension of seafarers’ agreements.

Temporary Extension of STCW Certificates

Temporary Extension of STCW Certificates Provides guidance to operators on the extension of seafarers’ credentials. Those expiring before 1 September 2020 have been granted extension of up to 6 months without the need for individual seafarers to submit an application.

Health Travel - Marine notice 16 - 2020
GERMANY FAQ about the Coronavirus
Statement-COVID-19
GIBRALTAR SIN 072 COVID-19 Temporary Operational Changes

Provides contact information for the Administration to use for any urgent correspondence.

SIN 069 COVID-19
SIN 070 COVID-19 Master's Declaration
GREECE COVID-19 ISM_ISPS v.27.03

Notes that an extension of 3 months may be granted for ISM/ISPS renewal audits which cannot be completed due to difficulties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. Annual ISM/ISPS internal audits may also be extended up to 3 months. Each extension must be reported to the Administration.

Also provides details on restrictions in Greek ports due to COVID-19, and extension of seafarers’ agreements and credentials.

HONG KONG General:
HKMSIN 2/2020 Minimize risks to seafarers, passengers and others

Promulgates IMO Circular Letter No. 4204 on the precautions to be taken to minimize risks to seafarers, passengers and others on board ships from novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

INDIA Extensions DGS Order 06of2020 001
IRELAND MN No. 6 of 2020 Declarations of Health
MN No.14 of 2020 Certification of Seafarers
MN No.15 of 2020 Surveying and Certification
ISLE OF MAN Ref 002-20 – COVID-19 Advice to Ship Operators
LIBERIA Certificates and Surveys:
Marine Advisory 07-2020 Certificates and Surveys-COVID

Provides instructions for the extension of certificates and postponement of surveys and audits where it is not possible to attend the vessel. Also provides instructions related to SEAs and seafarer certification.

LUXEMBOURG CAM 002/2020 nCoV mesures extraordinaires
MALAYSIA MSN 03/2020 COVID-19: INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL SHIPPING COMPANIES AND SEAFARERS (26 MARCH 2020 AMENDMENTS)
MSN 02/2020 ANNEX V COVID-19: MARINE DEPARTMENT MALAYSIA FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS (SHIP STATUTORY MATTERS)
MALTA General:
Merchant Shipping Notice 158 EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES RESULTING FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Extension of statutory certificates, surveys, audits and inspections requests under force majeure or unforeseen exceptional circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Also, guidance on extensions for sea service beyond contract period and beyond certification expiry date is given.

MARSHALL ISLANDS MSA 13-20 - Temporary Alternative Inspection Protocols during COVID-19

Defines a Temporary Alternative Inspection Protocol (TAIP) to meet the Administrator’s inspection requirements.

Technical Circular 13 - Guidelines for Extending the Period of Validity of a Certificate

Provides additional guidance on the topic of exceptional circumstances, difficulty when scheduling docking or repair facilities for Statutory survey requirements, necessitating an extension of the Docking and/or Renewal Surveys.

ISM:
MSA-2020-25 ISM, ISPS, and MLC 2006 during COVID-19

Provides instructions on handling ISM, ISPS, AND MLC, 2006 due to COVID-19. Includes instructions on 3-month extensions of various ISM and ISPS verifications. With adequate justifications, MLC extensions may also be considered. Remote audits to be authorized on a case-by-case basis

Certificates:
MSA-2020-24 Handling Validity of Ship Certificates due to COVID-19

Provides instructions on handling certificates due to Covid-19. Force majeure (quarantine, travel, etc. restrictions) will be favorably considered by Administrator with extensions for up to 3-months for SOLAS, MARPOL, LL & BWMC. For dry-dock extensions and problems with BWMS instructions are referenced.

NETHERLANDS Letter NSI COVID-19 20-Mar-2020
Statement
NIGERA Marine Notice MN 03/20/SN01

Provides ship owners/operators with guidance on developing a risk assessment on operations vulnerable to COVID-19 disruption, and for prevention of boarding sick individuals onto ships.

Marine Notice MN 04/20/SN01 Marine Notice MN 04/20/SN01

For certificates with expiration dates 1-March to 1-July 2020, the Administration has authorized the extension of statutory certificates on an as-needed basis, for up to 3-months extension. Internal audits due dates may also be extended up to 3 months.

NORWAY Certificates:
NMA Website - Statutory Certificates
ISM:
NMA Website - ISM audits – extended deadline
Remote ISM Audit:
NMA Website - remote ISM audits
New construction:
Inspection/supervision of maritime electrical installations on vessels under construction or reconstruction – Coronavirus disease
PANAMA General:
MMN-07-2020-STATUTORY-INSPECTIONS-AND-SERVICE-POSTPONEMENT

Postpones/Extends all surveys, audits and inspections with due date between March and May 2020 for a period of 3-months. ROs authorized to issue a Conditional Certificate valid for 3-months using remote surveys or visits and to record correspondent justification for each case. Additional information provided for life saving appliances, firefighting equipment, MLC, SMC, DOC, ISSC, ITC, IBWMC and other certificates as well as inspection of ships’ bottom and the ISPS code.

ST. KITTS & NEVIS MR-03-20 (2) - Operations during COVID-19
ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES General:
GEN 025 COVID-19, ADVICE FROM MARITIME ADMNISTRATION
SINGAPORE General:
SC no 3 of 2020 COVID-19

Provides guidance on extensions of mandatory surveys, audits and expiry of statutory certificates. Also, on extensions for sea service beyond contract period and beyond qualification revalidation deadline.

SWEDEN STA Notice COVID-19
UNITED KINGDOM MIN 612 Amendment 1 COVID-19
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MSIB 14-20 – COVID-19
Ballast Water Management Extensions

Provides guidance on obtaining a 12-month extension for ballast water treatment system compliance under Title 33 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 151, Subparts C and D (33 C.F.R. 151 Subparts C and D). Also provides guidance for justifying instances where an extension of greater than 12-months is needed.

Vessel Inspections:
MSIB 09-20 Vessel Inspections Exams and Documentation

Provides an update on USCG actions regarding U.S. Flagged Vessel and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Inspections, Recognized Organizations (ROs) and Third Party Organizations (TPOs) that are conducting surveys and audits on behalf of the Coast Guard, subject to SubChapter M, PSC exams for foreign vessels, and Fishing Vessel Safety Exams. USCG may consider deferral of inspections and surveys up to 90 days based upon evaluation of the history of the vessel and in consultation with the vessel owner or operator, the cognizant OCMI, and RO (ABS).

General:
MSIB 02-20 (Change 3) Novel Coronavirus – Update (Change 3)