DMCA Anchorage Areas In Dubai


Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) has declared that it is now permitted the crew change across all ports and anchorage areas in Dubai realizing the efforts of seafarers and their vital role in globally securing supply chains. The renewal is allowable since the COVID-19 guidelines and requirements set by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) are properly observed and implied. The new decision falls in line with the DMCA’s obligation to provide all means required to ensure the full return of the local marine sector to its normal pace.


The shifting follows after the successful execution of the National Disinfection Program in Dubai, ensuring the highest levels of safety, security and protection of maritime crew members, visitors, employees. As per the new decree, all employers are required to coordinate with the DMCA and other competent UAE authorities to ensure the quick handling of crew transfers from ships to airports. Agents are urged to undergo the required medical examinations in compliance with the preventive measures and guidelines for the COVID 19 virus to maintain the health and safety of both ship crew and relevant personnel.


“Allowing the change of ship crew members in ports and anchorage areas within Dubai’s territorial waters will help organize, facilitate and enhance maritime activities in accordance with legal and regulatory frameworks enacted to bring the maritime sector’s vibrancy back to the post-COVID-19 level.“
Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Executive Director of Dubai Maritime City Authority.


DMCA’s obligated to provide the necessary facilities to ships and crew to ensure continuity of operations within the global maritime supply chain. Earlier a resolution was issued directing the resumption of maritime operations across Dubai’s anchorage areas, which is aimed at enabling ships located in the emirate’s territorial waters to have access to a diverse range of services, including maintenance and repair, subject to obtaining the proper permits from the UAE authorities. All companies are urged to adhere to the guidelines and health rules enforced locally to maintain the health and safety of ship crew, visitors, and employees.


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The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf is a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of Arab states of the Persian Gulf, namely: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.


Several Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries have begun partially relaxing Covid-19-related restrictions as they seek to ease their economies back into action.




Qatar


Under the instructions of the Qatar Government, entry into Qatar is currently only allowed for Qatari nationals, the children and spouses of Qatari citizens, and holders of a permanent residence permit in the State of Qatar.


From 01.08.2020, pre-approved (i.e., those from “low-risk countries”) QID residents will have the opportunity to travel to Qatar. However, QID residents will not be able to travel without first receiving authorization to travel to Qatar from authorities, and then by providing confirmation of a 14-day quarantine hotel booking.


It is also worth noting that citizens and residents may use e-services portal to find out whether there is a travel ban circular against them so that they can settle this through the competent authority before leaving the country. Travelers should login in with their smartcard to the e-services portal of the Ministry of Interior.


Saudi Arabia


The national curfew in Saudi Arabia ended on 21st of June. In exceptional circumstances, arrangements were made for citizens and residents to return to Saudi Arabia during this period, with a 14-day quarantine period on arrival. The Awdah (return) service will allow tourists and expatriates legally residing in the kingdom and holding a valid visa – this includes ‘exit and return’ and ‘final exit’ documentation, all visit visa categories, and tourist visas – to return home. Repatriation applications can be submitted online via the Absher platform. Information regarding No Return of Resident to Saudi Arabia Until End Of COVID-19 Pandemic is not official and only based on Twitter announcement of Jawazat.


UAE


UAE's federal crisis authority ease travel restrictions for UAE citizens and residents from June 23. It should be noted that recent travel decisions have excluded Dubai, which has its own crisis authority and immigration service and which will accept inbound tourists from 07.07 2020 (https://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/coronavirus-uae-outlines-new-travel-restrictions-for-residents-this-summer-1.1042650).


Passengers returning to the UAE will be required to complete health declarations, take a PCR test and remain in residence until they receive the test result. If the test result is positive, travelers will be required to undergo isolation for 14 days and follow the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) guidelines. This set of action needs to be done within 48 hours of entering the country.


In addition, individuals will be required to download the 'Al Hosn' government app. By using this app, every person can receive his COVID-19 test results directly on phone with a unique QR code (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=doh.health.shield&hl=en).


It should be noted that residents who wish to return to Dubai require government approval. Travelers have to fill in this form on the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) website. If GDRFA approved application, residents will get a reference number that allow them to book a flight.


Kuwait


The government has issued new guidelines for travel abroad, and has updated the lockdown regulations. Entry into the country allowed only to the residence of Kuwait or citizens whose husband/wife lives abroad or citizens who reside abroad.


In all the above cases, the duration of travel must not be for less than 30 days. Also, the travel request must be submitted to the Ministry of Interior at least 10 days before departure. In addition, the travelers should sign the documents that the travelers will be responsible of all the expanses related to COVID-19 such as medical treatment and quarantine.


“Moreover, airlines must ensure all passengers traveling to Kuwait have a negative PCR test (COVID-19 antibody testing) not more than four days old at the time of departure. The PCR test result must be in Arabic, and passengers must submit it to the health authorities after arriving in Kuwait” (https://taj-strategie.fr/kuwait-covid-19-immigration-update).


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As per June 2020 Analysts at Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research forecast the price of Brent crude oil in 2020 increasing. Predictions now expect Brent to average $40 per barrel this year, compared to their previous 2020 forecast of $33 per barrel. As reported also Brent rising further to $49 per barrel in 2021, according to the company’s latest report. This marks a $7 per barrel increased compared to their previous projection of $42 per barrel for next year. Looking further ahead, Brent will increase to $55 per barrel in 2022, $60 per barrel in 2023 and $63 per barrel in 2024. Whereas Saudi Arabia and Russia Reach Deal on Oil Output Cut Extension. OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC Russia have agreed a preliminary deal to extend existing record oil production cuts by one month while raising pressure on countries with poor compliance to deepen their output cuts, OPEC+ sources told Reuters. OPEC+ agreed last month to cut output by a record 9.7 million barrels per day, or about 10% of global output.


Howbeit Oil and Gas sector continue to develop and new projects are on stream. Sic OGUK starts working to deliver new survey on oil and gas digitalization. The leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry together with the Technology Leadership Board (TLB), the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), and Opportunity North East (ONE) to assess the pace and extent of digitalization across the sector. This collaboration will provide a valuable insight into the current status of North Sea digitization and help focus future investment and deployment of appropriate technologies to fully unlock the potential of the region.” The survey should take no more than 15-30 minutes to complete. The anonym data collected will be shared in confidence across all four participating organizations to help shape their respective initiatives in support of digitalization with OGUK planning to use the findings as the basis of an industry workshop planned for September 2020. As reported by OGUK on 3rd June.


Going further COSL Drilling Europe (CDE) has signed a master framework agreement with Equinor on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, that fully enables it to provide additional drilling units and services to the oil major. CDE said that the agreement would strengthen the cooperation between the companies and facilitate long-term collaboration at all levels. The company added that the parties would commit to working on technology development as well as operational enhancements with initiatives to limit greenhouse gas emissions from drilling operations.


Withal Subsea 7 Secures 'Major' $750M-plus Offshore Wind EPCI Deal. Offshore installation firm Subsea 7 has clinched a major contract with SSE Renewables for the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the foundations and inter-array cables for the Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm project, 27km offshore Scotland.


And last but not the least Aramco commission new oil pipeline in Bahrain which is capable of transporting up to 350 thousand barrels of crude oil per day. Saudi Aramco and the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) successfully commissioned on Tuesday the AB-4 pipeline, a new phase of the strategic Saudi Aramco-Bahrain crude oil pipeline to meet the Kingdom of Bahrain's growing energy needs. The pipeline consists of three segments including a 42-km onshore Saudi segment, 28-km Bahrain onshore segment, and a 42-km offshore segment.


In conclusion, we would like to say that these news cannot but rejoice. Market growth forecast and new projects aims for sector development inspiring field employees all over the world. Navis Crew Management keeps abreast on all vital updates in the industry and invites You to follow our Navis Telegram Channel (NTC) for more useful information: https://t.me/Navis_NCM


On the press conference that was held 08.06.2020 in Qatar, headed by Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, raised the topic regarding measures to prevent spread of Covid-19. The main goal was to establish the exact set of actions to ease the regime of quarantine. Lolwah Rashid Al-Khater pointed out that it will be done in four phases. As mentioned, the first phase will start from 15.06.2020 leading seamlessly to the second phase from 01.07.2020. The third phase will start from 01.08.2020 and the fourth stage - from 01.09.2020. The representative highlighted that limitations can be applied if violation of new policy will be committed.


Referring to The Peninsula: Qatar daily newspaper. The first phase that will begin on 15.06.2020 allow trips “outside Qatar in cases of extreme necessity and everyone who returns to Doha will be subjected to hotel quarantine on their personal expense for two weeks”.


In turn, in the second phase that will take place 01.07.2020 no action will be taken regarding renewing the long-distance flight.


The third phase that will start from 01.08.2020 allows airlines renew the inbound flights “for priority passengers like returning residents”.


The re-launch of long-distance flights according to WHO guidelines will take place on the fourth phase 01.09.2020. It should be mentioned that Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Mr. Akbar Al Baker told that “Qatar Airways has implemented industry-leading hygiene practices and commercial policies enabling our passengers to book and travel with confidence”. Despite on statement mentioned above, Will Horton Senior, Contributor of Aerospace & Defense, pointed out that “Destinations planned to be operating by the end of June subject to regulatory approval


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The great news for the all seafarers- the largest operator of advanced self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs) in the world – Gulf Marine Service (GMS) is record a deal with Zakher Marine International (ZMI).


The contact established a win-win relationship between ZMI and GMS. The goal of the cooperation is networked “procurement, logistics, maintenance, classification and repair, and employment and training of offshore crews” (https://www.offshore-mag.com/rigs-vessels/article/14176875/uae-support-vessel-operators-explore-cooperation). Moreover, both companies expect that it will lead to significant cost reduction as they operational activities are identical.


The executive chairman of GMS, Tim Summer, mentioned in his interview that in order to lower the operational cost in both of the companies, the series of action should be taken such as integration of supply chain and purchasing capacity.


Navis Crew Management is an authorized official representative agent of ZMI in Ukraine.


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