Crew changes and flying home is important to seafarers to protect their health and well-being but due to the coronavirus pandemic it has become a challenge to the shipping industry.
So, in order to address this challenge the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) with the guidance from the Department of Transpiration (DOTr) issued new detailed procedures on health and safety protocols for the repatriation and the conduct of crew change, in authorized domestic and international ports in the Philippines.
The following standard and procedures will cover the following:
-Filipino Seafarers Joining a Ship Docked in the Philippines or Overseas (Outbound)
– Filipino Seafarers Leaving a Ship (Inbound)
– Special Procedures for Filipino Seafarers Leaving a Cruise Ship Docked in Philippine Seaports
– Filipino Seafarers Transiting in the Philippines (Airport/Terminal to Airport/Terminal)
– Foreign Seafarers Joining a Ship Docked in the Philippine Seaport from the Airport (Airport to Ship)
– Foreign Seafarers Leaving a Ship Docked in Philippine Seaport to an Airport (Ship to Airport)
– Foreign Seafarers Transiting in the Philippines (Airport/Terminal to Airport/Terminal)
The procedures issued is consistent with the issuance of Joint Circular No. 01 Series of 2020 dated 2 July 2020, with the subject “Guidelines for the Establishment of the Philippine Green Lane to Facilitate the Speedy and Safe Travel of Seafarers, Including their Safe and Swift Disembarkation, and Crew Change During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
DOTr-MARINA Press Release 28 July 2020 MARINA releases new procedures on ship crew changes, repatriation of seafarers…
The protocol on crew change and the repatriation of seafarers follows the recommended procedures by the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
The only port that are allowed right now as a crew change hub are the Port of Manila and Port Capinpin in Orion, Bataan.