The recent worldwide outbreak of Covid-19 has affected the availability of crew and opportunity for crew changes within the global fleet, says UK Club. Travel restrictions and additional screening had compounded the issue.
Crew working longer contracts had understandably led some shipowners and operators to become concerned for crew on-board who may have expired medical certificates. UK Club said that its crew Health team had received their first enquiries regarding crew with medical certificates due to expire before the opportunity to renew medical fitness.
To address this concern, the UK Club Crew Health team has updated its guidelines in line with the updated information released by the UK Government Maritime and Coastguard Agency guidelines.
The revised guidelines allow for a three-month temporary extension for all medical certificates through the PEME Programme and issued by Club approved clinics. Any employer of crew examined under the UK Club scheme can seek further details and/or confirmation from the Club Crew Health team.
UK Club said that Crew Health were also researching and collating details of new initiatives from within the industry on the subject of the virus and the impact on seafarers.
Seagull Maritime and Videotel have recently launched a new programme called: “Coronavirus- How to Beat it.” The video, which is available for free to the maritime industry, outlines common symptoms of the virus for seafarers’ awareness. It also contains key precautions that individuals on-board can take to minimise the spread of this highly contagious virus.https://www.ukpandi.com/knowledge-publications/article/club-update-on-crew-medical-validity-151808/