At the virtual meeting last week of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) delegates have approved plans to get the UN agency to include a public list of all ports where crew changes are possible, as well as highlighting crew change regulations in individual countries.
Inchcape currently lists 26 countries as completely open for crew change.
Following this week’s MSC meeting, the IMO said it would be sending out information about ports to enable shipping companies to organize crew changes during the ongoing pandemic. Delegates endorsed IMO’s crew change protocols, first published back in May. Those protocols include best-practice advice on how to conduct crew changes safely during the pandemic.