• 2020 July 7 12:01

    IMO endorses guidance on ensuring seafarers’ access to medical care onshore

    ​Receiving medical care ashore can be a matter of life or death for seafarers who fall ill while working on ships. New recommendations include advice on monitoring for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 prior to disembarkation, isolation of suspected or confirmed cases, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and minimizing the exposure to infrastructures and personnel in the port during disembarkation and transfer to a medical facility, IMO said in its release.

    A significant step has been made to protect seafarers’ health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s endorsement of a series of recommendations designed to ensure seafarers can access medical care ashore quickly and safely.

    Receiving medical care ashore can be a matter of life or death for seafarers who fall ill while working on ships. But since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been cases of seafarers being denied permission to go ashore, even when they presented medical issues that were life-threatening but not related to COVID-19, including a stroke.

    The Recommendations for port and coastal States on the prompt disembarkation of seafarers for medical care ashore during the COVID-19 pandemic (download here) seek to address this issue. Developed by a broad cross section of global industry associations in consultative status with IMO, they provide guidance to the relevant authorities in port and coastal States so they can ensure seafarers’ access to medical care. This covers any medical situation but also when a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is involved.

    The recommendations include advice on monitoring for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 prior to disembarkation, isolation of suspected or confirmed cases, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and minimizing the exposure to infrastructures and personnel in the port during disembarkation and transfer to a medical facility.

    IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim urged Member States to implement the recommendations and share them with the relevant authorities.

    Under the International Labour Organization’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC), port States must ensure that seafarers on board ships in their territory who are in need of immediate medical care are given access to medical facilities on shore. The obligation to render assistance to seafarers in distress, including medical assistance, is also enshrined in the IMO Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR), Salvage and Facilitation conventions, as well as in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

    Prompt and efficient disembarkation of seafarers to receive medical care ashore is essential not only for the seafarers’ health, but also for the maintenance of the global supply chain. Due to COVID-related restrictions, ships have faced difficulties arranging for such disembarkation, causing delays or disruptions to their operations and potential danger to the seafarers themselves.

    The Recommendations for port and coastal States on the prompt disembarkation of seafarers for medical care ashore during the COVID-19 pandemic were developed by ICS, IAPH, BIMCO, IFSMA, INTERTANKO, P&I Clubs, CLIA, INTERCARGO, InterManager, IPTA, IMCA, INTERFERRY, FONASBA, ITF and WSC.

    Since May, IMO has been urging its Member States to implement the Recommended framework of protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which were also drawn up by industry associations. These protocols specifically ask governments to designate seafarers as key workers and to do everything possible to allow crew changes to happen. Implementing these protocols remains vital, as hundreds of thousands of seafarers remain stranded on ships, having worked for several months beyond their original contracts, or, conversely, stuck onshore, unable to join ships and work.
     
    IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.




2021 January 18

18:56 CMA CGM applies Local Port Charges for USA imports/export
18:26 The Valencia Containerised Freight Index rises 4.19% in December 2020
18:06 71 vessels were repaired at the “Bibiheybat” Ship Repair Yard in 2020
17:45 Klaipeda State Seaport Authority signs contract for shipping canal dredging
17:26 Hanseaticsoft’s Cloud Fleet Manager endorsed by Singapore government to help shipping companies accelerate their digitisation
17:16 Busan Por secures logistics base in Indonesia
16:47 SCF’s LNG carrier Christophe de Margerie completed her eastbound voyage carrying cargo of LNG along NSR
16:43 Port of Antwerp container throughput up 1.3% in 2020
16:25 Hamina in Finland becomes new partner in Baltic cruise network
16:15 Singapore to vaccinate over 10,000 frontline maritime personnel by end January
15:50 Average spot market price for Russian M100 product climbed to RUB 18,290 pmt
15:29 The Great Lakes Towing Company names latest Damen Stan Tug 1907 ICE harbour tugs
14:59 Russia’s first Aframax tanker Vladimir Monomakh leaves for its first voyage
14:36 NOVATEK reports preliminary operating data for 2020
14:13 Niestern Sander announces successful transportation of EasyMax from shipyard to the port
13:51 Container throughput of port Shanghai (China) in 2020 declined by 0.5%
13:32 Throughput of Taganrog port in 2020 climbed by 4%
13:15 Kim Heng and Hunghua sign memorandum of understanding in relation to 2 units of 250 feet crane barges
13:00 Throughput of Russian seaports in 2020 declined by 2.3% (detalization)
12:24 Container throughput of Hong Kong port (China) in 2020 fell by 1.9%
12:01 The port of Amsterdam experiences a decrease in transhipment in 2020 due to energy transition and coronavirus   
11:37 Tuapse Sea Commercial Port increased its throughput by 6% in 2020
11:15 SEACOR Marine completes sale of windfarm support business
11:05 Big Port St. Petersburg marks 60th anniversary of icebreaker assistance
10:43 Port of Long Beach moves a record 8.1 million TEUs in 2020
10:29 MABUX: Bunker market this morning, Jan 18, 2021
10:13 BPA: Government must act immediately on seafood exports
09:50 Throughput of Murmansk Sea Fishing Port in 2020 fell by 16.8% YoY
09:28 Crude oil prices decrease amid demand/supply concerns
09:11 Baltic Dry Index as of January 15

2021 January 17

17:19 Coast Guard, TCI Police rescue 159 people off Turks and Caicos
16:49 Svitzer Australia takes delivery of second of three new tugs for Mid West Ports and Port of Geraldton
15:34 CMA CGM strengthens its customer offer
14:29 GTT obtains AiP from BV for the NO96 containment system application as LNG fuel tank for ULCVs
13:42 Port of Los Angeles cargo reaches 9.2 million TEUs in 2020
12:16 OOCL presents 2021 Ocean Alliance products
10:49 Hapag-Lloyd announces PSS on Turkey and Greece to USA trade

2021 January 16

15:39 New ship Silver Dawn floats out in Ancona.
14:31 Signing of MoU in relation to 2 units of 250 feet crane barges
13:28 CMA CGM to apply FAK rates for North Europe to Gulf and Red Sea trade
12:49 DuPont Clean Technologies to develop scrubbing project with BELCO® technology to control the emissions of Empresa Nacional de Petróleo (ENAP)
10:35 Hapag-Lloyd announces blank sailings on Europe - Asia trade
09:11 Golar LNG and Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners to sell 100% of Hygo Energy Transition Ltd. to New Fortress Energy

2021 January 15

18:15 Organic fertilizers and biogas from biowaste in the Helsinki region – commercial use of the Lohja biogas plant started up
18:04 New Speakers and Sponsors announced for Unmanned Maritime Systems Technology virtual conference
17:51 High reliability of Limburg Express requires expansion
17:41 Gulf of Guinea records highest ever number of crew kidnapped in 2020, according to IMB’s annual piracy report
17:38 Diana Shipping announces increase in tender offer price for its shares of common stock and extension of expiration date
17:29 OCEAN Alliance Day 5 Product signing ceremony
17:08 i4 Insight partner with FNT to integrate Condition Monitoring service
17:06 Throughput of Rostov-on-Don port in 2020 grew by 13% Y-o-Y
17:03 The effects of the coronavirus epidemic prevention regulations on Finnlines passenger traffic
16:42 Launching of Viking Glory slated for Jan 26
16:28 Carisbrooke Shipping and SMT Shipping partner with Nautilus Labs for collaboration to optimize fleet performance
16:01 Tallink Grupp appoints new Managing Director for Swedish subsidiary Tallink Silja AB
15:17 USCG cutter Joseph Gerczak to increase maritime presence in Pacific
14:47 First steel cut for new Carnival Celebration, next Excel-class ship set to debut from PortMiami in 2022
14:22 Zvezda Shipyard starts cutting steel for third MR product carrier
13:57 Bunkering of a new-generation LNG-powered container ships begins in Rotterdam
13:26 Holland America Line opens bookings for Europe 2022 cruises - four ships span the region on itineraries ranging from 7 to 21 days