During the COVID-19 pandemic majority of seafarers have no chance to return to the homeland. Recently, the United Nations` leaders of the maritime, labor and aviation agencies issued a petition concerning safety repatriation of marine crews.


The Marine industry faces the biggest crises for the last decade as plenty of seafarers are not able to fly back home and most of the shipowners forced to extend the contract on board ship. Therefore, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Maritime Organization (IMO), and International Labor Organization (ILO) claim that there is an urgent need to replace the marine crews. Consequently, the international flights needs to be organized. According to International Maritime Organization, the action will take place the middle of June 2020. It is assumed that approximately 150,000 seafarers will reach home. In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, many government have taken a serious actions such as closure and travel restriction which in turn tremendously affect «safe operation of maritime trade and wellbeing of seafarers» (http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/16-IMO-ICAO-ILO-joint-statement.aspx).


Moreover, the large numbers of seamen are under imprisonment in their vessels without being able to return home. The joint statement records that ICAO, IMO, ILO are willing to support the Government with the repatriation of the seafarers, “operations essential to maintain the global cargo supply chains and operations related to humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights
”( http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/PressBriefings/Pages/16-IMO-ICAO-ILO-joint-statement.aspx


Furthermore, ICAO, IMO, ILO encourages marine workers, fishing vessel workers , offshore energy sector personnel, aircraft employees , air cargo supply chain personnel, employees at airports and ports to exempt from limiting condition/ measures in order to provide aid and assistance to ships crews.


ICAO, IMO, ILO and the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on statement which says that vessels can unload and load in the ports and seafarers can be easily transferred through the country with the view to departure and documents approval. Crew repatriation will be controlled by IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim who approved series of maritime protocol ensures safe return.


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Yesterday MPA (Maritime and Port Authority) published a document for crew change stance easing, under the latest enhancement MPA has made to its crew change policy, for signing-on crew, shipping companies are requested to inform MPA of crew change plans 14 days in advance and confirm that the crew has been in quarantine for at least 14 days prior to entering Singapore with a negative Covid-19 test result. The crew also need a fit-to-travel medical certificate, issued by a doctor not more than 24 hours prior to departing the crew’s home country. For signing-off crew, seafarers will be required to have a fit-to-travel medical certificate and prove he/she has not gone ashore for the last 14 days and remains well. In order to minimize the risk, all the crew need to be transferred directly between the vessel and the point of arrival/departure. Additionally, MPA is also in the process of exploring a so-called halfway house concept, mostly likely offshore, to accommodate sign-on crew in Singapore while waiting for their vessels to arrive. Japanese owners have been looking at a similar concept, in a similar way. before crews working beyond their stipulated contracts must be repatriated, meaning governments have until June 15 to resolve the crew change issues that has seen around 150,000 seafarers waiting beyond their contracts to get home due to strict travel restrictions.


As earlier on 9th May IMO publishes framework of protocols for safe crew changes. The document describes protocols on how crews can join a ship, starting at their residence, and how a crew member can disembark and reach his home – often in a different countries. The document described how crews can join a ship, starting at their residence, and how a crew member can disembark and reach his home – often in a different country. The protocols for crew change and repatriation were drawn up by ICS, IAPH, BIMCO, IFSMA, INTERTANKO, P&I Clubs, CLIA, INTERCARGO, INTERMANAGER, IPTA, IMCA, INTERFERRY, FONASBA, ITF, and WSC. They also take account of input from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The IMO urges governments and national authorities to designate all professional seafarers and marine personnel as “key workers” and grant them with the necessary exemptions from the local rules that restrict movement, to allow them to join or leave the ships, among other things. The 61-page document is aimed at all the stakeholders in the process, including ship-owners, shipping companies, maritime administrations, customs, health authorities, airport authorities and several other organizations.


For the moment more than 5,000 people have signed the global petition Seafarers Matter aiming to draw the attention of the general public to the problems of the hundreds of thousands of seafarers who cannot leave or join ships due to the coronavirus pandemic as reported by Asia Shipping Media on 20 May 2020. The initiative started five days ago, spearheaded by the International Maritime Organization’s goodwill maritime ambassador for Bulgaria, Captain Andriyan Evtimov. The aim is to have the document signed online by at least the same number of people as that of the blocked crew – 150,000 and rising – and then send it to IMO member state governments with an appeal for immediate and urgent measures to facilitate the movement of seafaring personnel. Global trade unions have given governments and the shipping industry. To assist governments to put in place coordinated procedures to facilitate the safe movement of seafarers, the IMO has this month issued a 12-step plan to 174 member states, providing them with a roadmap to free seafarers from their Covid-19 lockdown and allow appropriate exemptions for them to join or leave ships. The 55-page roadmap has been advanced by a broad coalition of seafarer unions, and international shipping industry associations, with input from airline industry representatives, international organizations, and the insurance sector, to provide a comprehensive blueprint of how governments can facilitate crew changeovers and resolve safety concerns throughout the entire process.


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Dear Seafarers Family, Navis believes that one of the keys to prompt and successfully employment is the validity document term not less than 6 months before the contract commencement as obligatory requirement by the majority of our contractual clients. Eventually, STCW documents package updated on due time is the minimum required documentary qualification letting you be on the list under consideration for further employment opportunities at all times.


We are pleased to announce that our specialized manager is available to consult & assist You on the matter of documents package arrangement/renewal/prolongation, specifically:


• Seaman`s Book
• Seaman`s Seagoing Service Record Book
• COC / Endorsement
• GMDSS / Endorsement
• Refresher courses
• STCW certificates
• Offshore Trainings & Courses


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We are glad to share good news in regards of ease in restrictions!


Great to know that Emirates resume its flights between additional 9 cities from Dubai. Starting 21 May 2020, Emirates will resume scheduled passenger flights. Emirates will operate to: London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Milan, Madrid, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney and Melbourne.


Also Ministry of Transportation of Ukraine resumption of regular passenger service. Internal passenger’s carries will be recovered in 3 stages:


- Stage1: From May 22 to May 29 all urban, suburban and in regional bus transport and up to 50% of rail transport. Also from 20th of May 66 international checkpoints at the borders with EU countries (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania) and Moldova are open for ground transport.

- Stage1: From May 22 to May 29 all urban, suburban and in regional bus transport and up to 50% of rail transport. Also from 20th of May 66 international checkpoints at the borders with EU countries (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Romania) and Moldova are open for ground transport.

- Stage 3: From 15th of June all international railway connection and air connections with lockdown countries. List of countries that will open their boundaries for arrival and departure to be extended soon. For the moment following countries announced their lockdown: Georgia (from 1st of June), Greece (from 15th of June), Turkey (from 20th of May), Norway (from 20th of July), Saudi Arabia (from 1st of September), UAE (from 1st of June).


As was reported earlier some international air carriers flying to Ukraine announced their flights renewal from the mid of May:


-Lufthansa recovers its flights from Kyiv;


-Czech Airlines plan to renew their flights from Kyiv and Odessa to Prague from 24th of May;


-Wizz Air opened air tickets booking for flights from Kyiv, Odessa, Lviv, Kharkov and Zaporozhie from 23rd of May and at the same time Wizz Air declared the launch of 5 new routes, including Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), Bucharest, Budapest, Katowice, Sofia and Cluj-Napoca;


Although Ukraine International Airlines haven’t acknowledged scheduled flight renewal, tickets presale is available on official website for all destinations. Yet the vast of air carriers plan earliest possible recovery of domestic and international flights, considering current global situation. Accordingly, certain airlines will require passengers to wear face masks on flights to limit the spread of viruses. For example, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM and Belavia introduced new rules for passengers due to coronavirus.


Talking about updates in the world situation, IATA is issuing reviewed information on all restrictions letdown per each country.


At the same time to assist governments to put in place coordinated procedures to facilitate the safe movements of seafarers, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued plan to 174 members states on the 5th of May, providing them to a roadmap to free seafarers from their COVID-19 lockdown and allow appropriate exemptions for them to disembark/embark vessels.


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Dear Seafarers Family, Navis is pleased to announce that US Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine has resumed its operation for the issuance of American visas for citizens of Ukraine. From 12.05.2020 Embassy of the United States of America has started acceptance of documents for applying all types of visas including B1/2, C1/2 which are applicable for seamen.


Also we would like to remind You that Navis Crew Management provisions Visa Arrangement Services to following countries:


• Algeria
• Angola
• Australia
• Brazil
• Canada
• China
• Denmark
• Democratic republic of Congo
• Eсuador
• Indonesia
• Ireland
• Gabon
• Ghana
• Hong Kong
• Iran
• Japan

• Libya
• Mexico
• Morocco
• New Zealand
• Nigeria
• Norway
• Saudi Arabia (KSA)
• Singapore
• South Korea
• South Africa
• Switzerland
• Taiwan
• Thailand
• United Kingdom (UK)
• United States of America (USA)
• Vietnam


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