Details on implementation measures Overview of challenges to crew mobility Overview of extensions and derogations to seafarers` certificates All information is also available on our COVID 19 landing page. Source: BIMCO BIMCO posters to protect sailors and visitors on board ships from coronavirus (COVID-19). Black and white posters that can be printed and used easily. The ITF has decided that between 17 March 2020 and 16 April 2020, the association will not challenge contract extensions of up to one month, even if the extensions reduce seafarers` service lives beyond the maximum limit allowed by collective agreements approved by the ITF or MLC. Seafarers subject to these extensions shall be reassigned in accordance with MTC 2006 Standard A126.96.36.199 (b). Transport Malta has always been sensitive to the huge disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the sector and is proactively responding to this exceptional challenge and has issued new guidelines entitled EXCEPTIONAL MEASURES DUE TO THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC. The new guidelines provide for practical and effective temporary measures and procedures to support, mitigate and facilitate the challenges faced by shipowners and seafarers. Seafarers employed on board Malta-registered ships, whose “SEA” employment contract expires or expires due to COVID-19 related return difficulties, may extend their SEA for up to three months, renewable on a case-by-case basis for additional periods. Shipowners, managers and operators who encounter such difficulties are invited to request such extensions. Applications shall be accompanied by details of the seafarer and the current duration of the SEA contract, as well as a copy of an SEA supplement which extends the initial period and maintains the same conditions. It would be wise for the seafarer and the company to keep supporting documents proving why the seafarer is being asked to renew his contract. The Panama Maritime Authority was criticized in early summer for allowing seafarers to work beyond the maximum period set by the MWC.
Valid until December 31, 2020. Owners of UK-flagged vessels to inform the MCA (email@example.com) of seafarers who remain on board beyond their contractual period. It is important that all applications are accompanied by information about the seafarer, the identification number and a copy of the seafarer`s COC certificate. . . .