COVID-19 Seafarer Information

Published: 8 Apr 2020

Maritime Border Closures Table: As at 18 January 2021

 

Australian Maritime Border Closures Table as at 18 January 2021 from MIAL CLICK HERE 

 

VICTORIAN BORDER PERMIT SYSTEM 

As at January 12, 2021 all persons requiring entry into victoria will need a permit. This applies no matter where you have come from. 

Apply for Permit Here: https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home

 

 

AMSA Marine Notice Extension of Expiry of Certification Updated 19 September 2020

 

The purpose of this marine notice is to advise flag States, port States, vessel owners, operators, masters and crews that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has taken steps to allow the holders of: 

  • seafarer certificates; and certificates of medical fitness;

to continue to perform duties even if the certificate expires during the period between 26 March 2020 and 31 January 2021.

Seafarer certificates are STCW certificates that include certificates of competency, certificates of proficiency as rating, GMDSS radio operator certificates, certificates of safety training and certificates of proficiency as marine cook.

The arrangement that applies to a specific certificate is dependent on the expiry date of that certificate:

  • holders of seafarer certificates that expired between 26 March and 31 July 2020 inclusive may continue to perform duties as if the certificate remains in force for a period of 12 months from the expiry date of the certificate; and
  • holders of seafarer certificates that expire between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021 inclusive may continue to perform duties as if the certificate remains in force until 31 July 2021.

There is no requirement for a vessel owner, operator or seafarer to make application to AMSA for the above measures to apply. 

READ FULL AMSA NOTICE HERE 

 

 

 

Extended validity of Norwegian medical certificates

In cases where the coronavirus makes it difficult for seafarers to renew their Norwegian medical certificate, the NMA may permit a seafarer to work with an expired medical certificate, provided that the period does not exceed 6 months and the seafarer concerned holds an expired medical certificate of recent date.

Norway has notified relevant authorities and organisations of the national decisions that have been made. Therefore, there is nothing to suggest that Norwegian shipping companies or seafarers on board Norwegian ships will experience challenges in the context of, for instance, port State controls

Norwegian Medicals Extension of Expiry click here to view

 

 

 

 

The latest information for the NORTHERN TERRITORY Chief Health Officer Direction No. 46 – Commercial Vessels – Crew Directions which came into effect on 12.01am 17 July 2020.

 

A guidline for seafarers can be found here: Seafarer Framework

 

TASMANIA Important information for seafarers. 
 
As of Midnight 5 May 2020, the Tasmanian State Controller has issued directions that bring that states exemption for Marine crew in line with the national cabinet decision of 9th April.
 
There are now 3 recognised categories that will be exempted under the state emergency management act provisions:

  1. Seafarers signing off a vessel in Tasmania
  2. Seafarers flying in to join a vessel in Tasmania
  3. Seafarers who are residents of Tasmania returning home

 
Seafarers will need to demonstrate proof that they meet the criteria.  This will include a letter from their company, which we are working to template for ease of use; also, the declaration to be completed by the Seafarer which we are told will ask them to indicate which category they fall into.
 
The 3rd category has been the point of contention and inconsistency.  Seafarers from the same inbound location, working for the same company and possessing the same letter from their company have had different quarantine outcomes.  This has been raised consistently within the MRG and through the Tasmanian Premiers, office by the branch.  This outcome has been a significant shift and will free up the restrictions that Seafarers have met, coming back to Tas. 
 
There still remains the determining factor in category 3 that the seafarer must have completed 14 days at sea prior to entry into Tasmania to avoid mandatory quarantine, however the Tas Govt are construction a mechanism to assess seafarers who wish to return and are under the 14 days, on a case by case basis.
 
Workers who had been put in Govt Isolation and who had served 14 days at sea prior to entry to Tasmania are eligible to apply under the new provisions and be released from the quarantine.
 
Quarantine and Isolation Information

Click on the links for each document

Class Exemption for Non-cruise Maritime Crew

Seafarer Exemptions to the 14 day quarantine period

Covid19 Information for the Marine Industry

 

International Transport Workers Federation COVID Information for seafarers 

 

 

 

 

 



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