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IMCA signs Neptune Declaration on Seafarers Wellbeing & Crew Change

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has joined more than 450 companies and organisations around the world by signing the Neptune Declaration on Seafarer Wellbeing and Crew Change in a worldwide call to action to end the unprecedented crew change crisis caused by COVID-19. Launched to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos at the end of January, signatories to the Declaration are seeking to draw the world’s attention to the humanitarian issues and challenges seafarers are facing because of the restrictions implemented by Governments to control the COVID-19 pandemic. IMCA Contact Allen Leatt Chief Executive Contact This site

COVID-19 Update: Swift COVID-19 vaccines urged for largest U.S. ports amid cargo backlogs

Reuters 21 January 2021 Members of Congress have joined state and local leaders in urging California officials to hasten COVID-19 vaccinations for workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation’s two busiest, hit hard by pandemic workforce disruptions and surging imports. As of Wednesday, 27 arriving container ships stood anchored off the twin ports complex waiting for berths to clear at terminals piled high with cargo from previous shipments, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. The bottlenecks are comparable to those last seen in 2014-2015 at the height of a months-long longshore contract dispute

COVID-19 Update: International Investors Call on UN for Actions to protect Seafarers

The Maritime Executive – January 2021 A group of 85 institutional investors representing over $2 trillion in assets, joined forces calling on the United Nations to take further action to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis for seafarers brought on by the global restrictions enacted to control the coronavirus. In an open letter to the UN Secretary-General, the investors in consultation with key marine organizations such as the International Labor Organisation and the International Transport Workers’ Federation added their voice to the call to recognize seafarers as key workers and specific actions to ensure crews’ health and safety while maintaining global trade.

COVID-19 Update: Port of Santos workers will have priority in vaccination

Ministry of Health includes transport sector professionals among the groups that will receive the doses of the immunizer in the first group Transport professionals – considered providers of essential services for the development of Brazil – were included in the priority group in the vaccination campaign of the Ministry of Health against Covid-19. The measure is part of the agency’s technical report published on Monday (18). According to the document, truck drivers, port workers (including workers in the administrative area) and employees of national airlines, passenger and cargo subway companies, Brazilian shipping companies, as well as drivers and collectors of

COVID-19 Update: Netherlands Entrance Requirements

The Dutch Shipowners Association, KVNR, has advised that, as of 00.00 hours on Tuesday 29 December 2020 all nationals (including Dutch and other EU and Schengen nationals) are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result when arriving in the Netherlands from a high-risk area, and the exemption to this requirement that applies to seafarers. The relevant official information has now been published in English on the website of the Netherlands government. Currently almost all countries (including all EU member states) are defined as high-risk area.  The limited list of counties labelled as non-high risk (safe countries) is attached (Safe

Ensuring eCMID and eMISW Inspection Integrity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA)’s Marine eCMID Committee considered the potential for remote vessel inspections at its December 2020 meeting, in light of ongoing restrictions at both national and company level due to COVID-19 that can limit both vessel access and the movement of accredited vessel inspectors (AVIs). The Committee determined that remote inspections using the eCMID/eMISW inspection templates would not be appropriate.  Some of the issues identified include: Connectivity and bandwidth issuesTime required of vessel crew and inspectors, and the quantity and complexity of information that would need to be transmitted and reviewedThe practical format of the inspection

Agencies in the United Nations issue a statement on Crew Changes

United Nations’ Agencies issue a Joint Statement calling on all Governments to immediately recognise seafarers as key workers, and to take swift and effective action to eliminate obstacles to crew changes, so as to address the humanitarian crisis faced by the shipping sector, ensure maritime safety and facilitate economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic Read the statement here on our website      

Important Update to COVID-19 Diving Information Notes

Please note the issue of two recently published Information Notes advising Members of IMCA’s current policy on:   Renewal of Diver Medic Certification During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Rev. 1 Updated Information Note:  IMCA D05/20 – Rev 1  ( link)   Policy for the validity of diver medicals during the COVID-19 Pandemic Updated Information Note:  IMCA D19/20 – Rev 2.1  (link) Call to action Please ensure that you familiarise yourselves with these latest updates and share them with the appropriate individuals within your organisation. All previous versions of these documents have now been withdrawn.

IMCA continues to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis surrounding crew changes

IMCA is collaborating with its International and European maritime social partners, the European Community Shipowners’ Association (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) in writing to the EU institutions, i.e. the Presidents of the European Parliament, Council, Commission and to the German Presidency, as well as the heads of EU Member States on the urgent topic of crew changes. The letters call for political leadership and commitment to the welfare of seafarers. These letters highlight the fact that all industry stakeholders have been working incessantly over the past months to ensure crew changes are able to happen. While guidance

Survey on health protection measures on board ships in response to the coronavirus pandemic

The COVID-19 related restrictions on crew changes have a major impact on the health and well-being of seafarers. Although some Governments have taken action to alleviate the situation, more than 200,000 seafarers are still waiting to be repatriated, many remaining on board long beyond the end of their original contracts. We would like to invite you to take part in a short survey on health protection measures on board ships in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The objective of this survey is to gain further understanding of the health protection measures introduced by companies onboard their ships during the pandemic,

Industry Group Achieves Breakthrough as Governments around the World Pledge Action to Support Crew Changes during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Industry Group comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP, ISOA and the Workboat Association (details below) applauds the breakthrough at an international maritime virtual summit hosted by the UK Government on 9 July where 12 other governments also pledged their support for actions needed to ensure the welfare of the world’s seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including making sure that crew changes can take place in a safe and timely manner. The government representatives at the summit expressed support for recommendations made by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) developed in consultation with industry groups, which encourage all IMO Member States to

IMO Supports Industry Group Recommendations

The International Maritime Organisation has received Recommendations for port and coastal States on the prompt disembarkation of seafarers for medical care ashore during the COVID-19 pandemic, developed by a broad cross section of global industry associations in consultative status with the Organization representing the maritime transportation sector, including IMCA. Read the full IMO Circular Letter No 4204/Add 23

IMCA continues to call on governments to recognise offshore energy sector workers and seafarers as key workers

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) supports the call to action for governments to recognise offshore energy sector workers and seafarers as Key Workers on a global basis. Offshore Energy workers and seafarers have not yet been classified as Key Workers in many countries. This means that crew movement to and from ships is severely hampered by stringent border control measures adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic. This has led to a crisis at sea: there are 200,000 workers who have overrun their contracts and are currently stranded on ships. Another 200,000 are at shore, waiting to start their tours of

Information Note on COVID-19 and Safely Re-establishing Working Arrangements

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the global economy and continues to present the marine contracting sector with some significant challenges, particularly when in association with the effects of the recent fall in the price of oil. This Information Note provides members with information intended to help them safely re-establish working arrangements as restrictions on movement and social contact are modified. The information herein is drawn from good practice occupational health and safety guidance provided by our members, by governments, and by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is anticipated that the risk of transmission of COVID-19

IMCA Supports Day of The Seafarer

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) celebrates the Day of the Seafarer on 25 June 2020. IMCA encourages all its Members and everyone associated with the offshore marine contracting industry to recognise the efforts of seafarers and the role they play in our industry. This year, the 10th anniversary of the Day of the Seafarer, is an ideal opportunity for us all to acknowledge the contribution of seafarers in keeping the global supply chain moving and understand the current issues they are facing. Like Offshore Energy Workers, including those working in the renewable energy sector, many seafarers have been away

Industry Group Urges the UK Government to Exempt all Offshore Energy Sector Workers from its Quarantine Restrictions

The global Offshore Industry Group, comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP and ISOA urges the UK Government to exempt all offshore energy sector workers from the 14-day quarantine restrictions introduced on the 8 June. The Group has the support of the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization’s Secretary-General for its Recommendations (IMO Circular Letter 4204/Add.13) calling upon Governments to recognise offshore energy sector workers as ‘key workers’. This allows regular crew movements during mobilisation and demobilisation and exempts such workers from quarantine restrictions. The Group has formally written to more than fifty governments and maritime authorities urging them to implement these Recommendations.

IMCA and Industry Group Target Governments on a Global Basis on behalf of Offshore Workers

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) continues to play a key role in an Industry Group lobbying governments and maritime authorities on a global basis to gain support of an IMO a recommendation for authorities to facilitate the movement of offshore energy sector personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The group comprising IADC, IAGC, IMCA, IOGP and ISOA, gained support from the IMO in early May and have now formally written to more than fifty governments and maritime authorities to gain their recognition of offshore energy sector personnel as key workers alongside seafarers and marine personnel. The aim is to achieve

IMCA, Together With Industry Groups, Influencing Key Worker Designation

ICAO, ILO, and IMO issue joint call to world governments on need for ‘key worker’ designations for essential air and sea personnel The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) joined the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on 26 May 2020, in issuing a new Joint Statement on the need to ensure ‘key worker’ designations for the millions of skilled personnel now maintaining essential global air and sea trade capacities. The call to world governments comes as COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines continue to curtail travel and restrict border movements, ports and airports are being closed and ships