IMO CIRCULARS – FRAMEWORK OF PROTOCOLS FOR FACILITATING CREW CHANGES AND USE OF PPE

May 14, 2020

To assist governments to put in place coordinated procedures to facilitate the safe movement of seafarers, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) recently issued a 12-step plan to all member states, with a roadmap to free seafarers from their COVID-19 lockdown and allow appropriate exemptions for them to join or leave ships.

The IMO circular letter includes the final Framework of Protocols for crew changes, developed by the ICS Crew Change Task Force, in co-operation with the ITF and other major international shipping associations, with input from the International Air Transport Association.

The IMO has also published a circular letter which provides World Health Organization (WHO) information and guidance on the safe and effective use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimise the risks of COVID-19 infection for seafarers, marine personnel, fishing vessel personnel, passengers and others on board ships, as well as shore personnel intending to go on board (such as pilots, port workers, Port State Control officers, shipʹs agents, etc.) and in their interaction with each other.

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