COVID-19 Seafarer Information

Published: 8 Apr 2020

Australian Maritime Border Closures Table as at 3 August 2020 from MIAL CLICK HERE 
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 
AMSA Marine Notice Extension of Expiry of Certification
The purpose of this marine notice is to advise flag States, port States, vessel owners, operators, licenced pilots, masters and crews that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has taken steps to effectively extend the duration of AMSA issued: 

  • Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) certificates
  • certificates of safety training and
  • certificates of medical fitness

if they would otherwise  expire during the period between 26 March and 1 October 2020.
STCW certificates include a certificate of competency, a certificate of proficiency as rating, a GMDSS radio operator certificate, a certificate of safety or a certificate of proficiency as marine cook.
Click here to view on AMSA website
- click here to download

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


Authorised by P Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia, Sydney