Circulars/ Notices/Guidance from all members States /administrations of the IMO

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Circular letter Subject​
Antigua and Barbuda CIRCULAR 2020-001 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
CIRCULAR Local 2020-001(rev 1) Application of Survey/inspection procedures during Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Information Notice 2020-002(Rev.1) Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Guidance
Australia Marine Notice 02/2020 - extension of validity of STCW certificates Extension of standards of training certificates and watch keeping (STCW) certificates
Argentina CL.4287 (1 May 2020) ​National measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
CL. 4287/Add.1 (19 May 2020) National measures regarding the COVID-19 pandemic
​Azerbaijan  CL.4223 (18 March 2020) Contingency plans for ships and Seafarers​
CL.4223/Add.1 (17 June 2020) Amendments to the adopted proceudres for the mitigation of disruption to the delivery of essential services in the event of COVID - 19 pandemic
Bahamas CL.4225 (20 March 2020)​ Guidance and recommendations - seafarers, certificates, ship surveys, audits, inspections, seaman record book and employment
Bahrain CL.4285 (30 April 2020)​ ​Extension of seafarers' certificates validity and extension of the surveys, audits and inspection windows
​Bangladesh CL.4239 (27 March 2020)​ ​Information on certificates, MSMD, employment, surveys, audits and Port State Control Measures
​Barbados CL.4250 (6 April 2020)​ ​Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance relating to the certification of seafarers & General Guidance to Operators & Owners of Barbados registered ships
Belgium CL.4255 (​7 April 2020) COVID-19 measures taken by Belgium
Belize CL.4306 (25 June 2020)  Novel Coronavirus- Precautions to be taken to minimize risks to seafarers, passengers and others on board ships
Brazil CL.4266 (14 April 2020) Extension of validity of documents relating to personnel, ships and platforms
Brunei Darussalam CL.4291 (12 May 2020) Communication of measures undertaken in relation to COVID-19 virus
Bulgaria Statement from Executive Director of Bulgarian Maritime Administration Statement from Executive Director of Bulgarian Maritime Administration
Guidelines for adoption of extraordinary measures of the seafarer's certificates of competency or certificates of proficiency issued by Bulgarian Maritime Administration resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic Guidelines for adoption of extraordinary measures of the seafarers certificates of competency or certificates of proficiency issued by Bulgarian Maritime Administration resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic
Cabo Verde CL.4274 (23 April 2020) Cape Verde measures in relation to the Covid-19 outbreak
Canada   CL.4226 (20 March 2020)​   Extending validity of certificates  
CL.4226/Add.1 (16 April 2020)   Update on Canadian Measures to Address the COVID-19 Pandemic
​Chile   ​CL.4273 (21 April 2020)   Safety of seafarers and the facilitation of sea trade
China CL.4221 (18 March 2020)   Guidance for ships and seafarers  
CL.4221/Add.1 (2 April 2020)   Updates to the guidance given in CL.4221
CL.4221/Add.2 (21 April 2020)   ​Notice on Extension of Duration of Related Certificates of Chinese Flagged Ships and Chinese Seafarers Engaged in International Voyages
CL.4221/Add.3 (24 April 2020)   Guidance on How to Handle and Offer Urgent Assistance to Seafarers in Case of Sickness during the pandemic of COVID-19  
CL.4221/Add.4 (27 April 2020)   ​Guidance on the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 for Ports and Its Front Line Staff  
CL.4221/Add.5 (30June 2020) Guidance on the prevention and control of COVID-19 on board (Version 3.0)
Colombia   CL.4275 (22 April 2020)   ​Medidas de Colombia frente a situacion COVID-19  
​Cook Islands   CL.4263 (14 April 2020)   ​Cook Islands measures in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak  
Comoros CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - Guidance relating to the Certification of Seafarers   CORONAVIRUS (COVID -19) - Guidance relating to the certification of Seafarers  
Technical Circular No: 92/2020 Comoros Maritime Circular Ref No. 20/01855/COM on COVID19 - Guidance relating to the postponement /extension of statutory certification & services
​Croatia   CL.4241 (30 March 2020)​   Extension of seafarer's personal documents and employment guidelines  
CL. 4241/Add.2 (27 May 2020) Guidelines for adoption of extraordinary measures resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Cuba CL.4249 (2 April 2020)​   Guidelines for seafarer's certificates of competency (CoC) or certificates of proficiency (CoP)  
Cyprus   CL.4251 (3 April 2020)   ​Urgent Provisional Measures for the operation of Cyprus ships during the Covid-19 outbreak
CL.4251/Add.1 (22 June 2020) Revised procedure for facilitating crew changes within the framework of the gradual relaxation of the Restrictive Measures applicable during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Czech Republic CL.4290 (11 May 2020) Measures taken by the Maritime Administration of the Czech Republic to mitigate effects of COVID-19 on seafarers' employment
Ecuador CL. No.4267 (16 April 2020) Prorroga de tiempo de caducidad de matricula y certificado medico (certificate extension)
Egypt CL.4240 (27 March 2020) Extension of certificates
​Estonia   CL.4272 (21 April 2020)​   Impact of the emergency situation on the maritime sector
CL.4272/Add.1 (2 June 2020) Operation of the maritime sector after conclusion of the emergency situation
Ethiopia CL.4235 (26 March 2020)​   Temporary extension of certificates, seafarer books, inspections and information on port state control
Finland   CL.4260 (9 April 2020) Extension of the validity of maritime personnel certificates during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
CL.4260/Add.1 (16 June 2020) ​Extension of the validity of maritime personnel certificates during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
France CL.4234 (26 March 2020)​ Extension of Certificates and guidelines for seafarers
CL.4234/Add.1 (17 April 2020) COVID-19 - Maritime Navigation
CL.4234/Add.2 (30 April 2020) Updated ​information note "COVID 19- Maritime Navigation"
Gabonese Republic CL. 4293 (20 May 2020)

I.M.O. Circular Letter No.4204/Add.14, 5 May 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Recommended Framework of Protocols for Ensuring Safe Ship Crew Changes and Travel during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

"I.M.O. Circular Letter No.4221, 18 March 2020: Communication from the Government of the People's Republic of China, Guidance on the prevention and control of COVID-19 on board (Version 1.0)".

Georgia   CL.4232 (24 March 2020) Extension of validity of STCW Certificates
​CL.4232/Add.1 (17 April 2020) ​On certain measures to be taken in the Georgian seafarers' certification and training system in connection of the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19
CL.4232/Add.4 (15 June 2020) Recent decision to allow crew changes in the ports of Georgia both for Georgians and seafarers of different nationalities
Germany CL.4235 (26 March 2020) ​Measures regarding the issuance and renewal of shipping and seafarer related regulations  
CL.4235/Add.2 (22 April 2020) Additional comments on German measures concerning COVID-19
CL.4235/Add.3 (25 June 2020) Update on German measures concerning COVID-19
Ghana CL.​4257 (7 April 2020) Extension of the validity of seafarer certificates issued under the provisions of the International Convention for the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping 1978 as Amended (STCW)/Maritime Labour Convention 2006 as Amended - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)  
Greece CL.4241 (30 March 2020) Guidelines for certificates, seafarer books, port state control and inspections
CL.4241/Add.1 (3 April 2020) Extension of Inspections, audits, certificates and surveys
Hong Kong, China   CL.4250 (6 April 2020) Special Arrangements by the Hong Kong Marine Department under COVID-19 Pandemic Situation
India CL.4254 (7 April 2020) Regarding Extension to the validity of seafarers' CoC and statutory certificate, periodical Surveys and Audits of lndian Registered Ships in view of Covid 19 outbreak  
CL.4254/Add.1 (22 April 2020) Regarding Extension to the validity of Seafarers' CoC and Statutory Certificates, periodical Surveys and Audits of Indian Registered Ships in view of COVID 19 outbreak  
CL.4254/Add.2 (30 April 2020)   ​Measures adopted by the Indian Maritime Administration in relation to COVID-19
DG Shipping Order No. 13 of 2020 Extension to the validity of Seafarer's Certificates and Ship's Statutory Certificates, periodical Surveys & Audits in view of COVID-I9 pandemic.
DG Shipping Order No. 15 of 2020 (IR Class Circular) DGS, Order No. 15 of 2020 Reg. Extension of the validity of Recruitment & Placement of Seafarers License (RPSL) and Inspection of RPSL in view of COVID-19 outbreak.
DG Shipping Order No. 16 of 2020 (IR Class Circular) DGS Order No. 16 of 2020 Re-validation of Seafarers Certificates of Competency (CoC) / Certificate of Proficiency (CoP) - reg.
DGS Order No. 17 of 2020 Extension to validity of seafarerís Certificate and shipís Statutory Certificates, Periodical Surveys & Audits in view of COVID-19 Pandemic.
Iran (Islamic  Republic of)   ​CL.4216 (11 March 2020) ​Extension of surveys, inspections and certifications
CL.4216/Add.1 (12 May 2020) Extension of Seafarers' Certificates
CL. 4216/Add.2 (1 June 2020) Measures to Address Covid-19
​Ireland   CL.4233 (25 March 2020)​   Temporary processes and procedures for seafarers, guidance on surveys/certification and ship inspections
CL. 4295 (22 May 2020) Iceland's measures in response to the novel corona virus COVID-19 pandemic
Indonesia (Republic of)   CL.No.4268 (16 April 2020) Contingency plan for seafarers and ship owners/operators ​- Extension of certificates
​Italy CL.4231 (24 March 2020)​   ​Information on seafarer's training courses and certificates  
CL.4231/Add.1 (2 April 2020)​   Measures to Address Covid-19
CL.4231/Add.2 (17 April 2020) Measures arising from the covid-19 emergency regarding certificates relating to the international conventions
CL.4231/Add.4 (28 April 2020) Renewal of endorsements of certificates of competency (CoC's) for foreign seafarers
CL. 4231/Add.6 (15 May 2020) Measures to address COVID-19
CL. 4231/Add.7 (1 June 2020) Covid-19 emergency - Extension of Medical First Aid and Medical Care certificates and medical examination certificates.
Jamaica CL.4264 (14 April 2020)   Validity of Jamaican certificates consequent to COVID 19 pandemic
​Japan CL.4262 (14 April 2020)   Coronavirus and Seafarers' certificates
Jordan CL.4235 (26 March 2020)​   Certification of seafarers
CL.4235/Add.1 (21 April 2020)   Actions taken by Jordan Maritime Commission For prevention of COVID-19
Kenya CL.4286 (30 April 2020) Government of Kenya measures in respect of disruptions caused by COVID-19 for the maritime industry  
Kiribati CL. 4299 (1 June 2020) Kiribati measures in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak
​Kuwait   CL.4270 (17 April 2020)   Measures taken by the State of Kuwait in the context of coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak on seafarers & ships Certifications
Latvia CL.4280 (27 April 2020) Measures to the maritime sector due to the impact of COVID-19
CL.4280/Add.1 (25 June 2020) Maritime Sector in Latvia after lifting of emergency situation (COVID-19)
Lebanon CL.4276 (23 April 2020)​   Contingency measures taken by Lebanese Maritime Administration concerning COVID-19 for Extension of Ships' and Seafarers' Certificates
Liberia   CL.4270 (17 April 2020) Guidance for Seafarers and Shipowners due to COVID-19
Lithuania CL.4279 (27 April 2020)   Measures taken by Lithuania concerning COVID-19  
Maldives   CL.4256 (8 April 2020)​   Extension of expiry dates of CoC and trading Certificates issued to Maldives Flag Vessels for Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic​  
Marshall Islands   CL.4233 (25 March 2020)​   Policies, guidance and important information regarding COVID-19
​Mauritius Technical Circular No: 91/2020  Mauritius Merchant Shipping Notice, MSN-18/2020 Reg. Vessels and Seafarer's certificates during the Covid-19 Pandemic
Mexican CL.4304 (11 June 2020) Communication from the Government of the United Mexican States
CL.4304/Add.1 (19 June 2020) Measures implemented by Mexican Authorities against COVID-19 Pandemic, in terms of maritime transportation
​Montenegro   CL.4244 (31 March 2020)​   ​Extension of maritime documents and employment contracts  
​Morocco CL.4277 (22 April 2020)   Measures taken by Morocco with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak  
​Myanmar   CL.4246 (2 April 2020)​   Extension of STCW and medical certificates for seafarers  
CL.4246/Add.2 (17 April 2020)   Extending the validity of the certificates to the Myanmar registered vessels trading in international voyage due to the outbreak of 2019 Novel Coronavirus  
Netherlands 

CL.4228 (23 March 2020) ​Contingency plans for ships and fish trawlers  
CL.4228/Add.1 (8 April 2020) Coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak  
CL.4228/Add.2 (12 June 2020) Procedures for Shipping Community icw COVID 19 (2)
CL.4228/Add.3 (18 June 2020) Procedures for shipping Community icw COVID-19 (4)
New Zealand   CL.4248 (2 April 2020)​   ​Extending the validity of New Zealand Seafarer Certificates  
CL.4248/Add.1 (6 April 2020)   '​Temporary' formats for New Zealand STCW and STCW-F certificates
​Nigeria CL.4271 (16 April 2020)   Extension of validity of Statutory and Trading certificates for all Nigerian Registered vessels including STCW certificates issued by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and Crew change during COVID-19.  
CL. 4271/Add.1 (14 May 2020) Declaration to keep Nigerian ports open and operational amid COVID - 19 pandemic
Norway CL.4231 (24 March 2020)​   Extension of certificates and vessel instructions​  
CL.4231/Add.3 (23 April 2020)   Extending the validity of all trading certificates and vessel instructions expiring in 2020 for Norwegian-flagged ships  
CL. 4231/Add.5 (14 May 2020) Information on principles for change of crew in Norwegian ports
Oman   CL.4239 (27 March 2020)​   ​Extension of certificates and seafarer's documents
CL.4239/Add.1 (4 May 2020)   General instructions in respect of shipping and port operations  
Panama CL.4230 (24 March 2020)​   Employment agreement and certificates  
CL.4230/Add.1 (3 April 2020)​   ​Updates to the guidance given in CL.4230  
CL.4230/Add.2 (3 April 2020)​   ​Guidelines for postponement/extension of statutory certification and service requests
CL.4230/Add.3 (27 April 2020)   ​Implementation of new digital services
CL. 4230/Add.4 (18 May 2020) Statement in support of the recommended framework of Protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the covid-19 pandemic
CL.4230/Add.5 (01 June 2020) PANAMA SUPPORTS IMO DECISION BY DESIGNATING SEAFARERS AS "KEY WORKERS"
CL.4230/Add.6 (03 June 2020) Medida temporal de extension del cumplimiento con las siguientes reglas del Anexo VI del Convenio MARPOL
CL. 4230/Add.7 (04 June 2020) Medidas adoptadas en virtud de COVID-19
CL.4230/Add.8 (18 June 2020) Communication from the Government of the Republic of Panama
CL.4230/Add.8/Rev.1 (25 June 2020) Communication from the Government of the Republic of Panama
CL.4230/Add.8/Rev.2 (25 June 2020) Communication from the Government of the Republic of Panama
CL.4230/Add.9 (30 June 2020) Panama safeguards to seafarers' rights during this world health crisis
Peru CL. 4296 (27 May 2020) Measures in response to COVID-19 pandemic
Philippines CL.4237 (25 March 2020) Extension of STCW certificates for seafarers
CL.4237/Add.1 (16 April 2020) Further extension of validity of STCW certificates of Filipino seafarers currently onboard seagoing ships amid challenges caused by COVID-19
CL.4237/Add.2 (27 April 2020) Advisory on postponement/extension of statutory ship certificates and services
CL.4237/Add.7 (30 June 2020) Extension of passport validity
​Poland CL.4232 (24 March 2020)​ Certificates
C/ES.32/5/Communication 32nd extraordinary session of the council - comments on Agenda item 5
Qatar   ​CL.4249 (2 April 2020) ​Contingency plans to mitigate disruption to delivered services
Republic of Korea   CL.4259 (9 April 2020)​   COVID-19 measures & suggestions for preventing international​ trade disruptions
​Republic of Moldova CL.4252 (3 April 2020) Measures taken by the Naval Agency of Republic of Moldova in the context of coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak  
CL.4252/Add.1 (9 April 2020)   Measures taken by the Naval Agency of Republic of Moldova in the context of coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak  
Romania CL.4234 (26 March 2020)​   Extension of certificates
Russian Federation​

  

CL.4237 (25 March 2020)​   Measures and guidelines relating to statutory certificates, certificates of seafarers and seafarer's employment agreements
CL. 4237/Add.5 (20 May 2020) Additional urgent measures taken due to the pandemic of coronavirus COVID-19
CL.4237/Add.6 (12 June 2020) Information Letter
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines   CL.4248 (2 April 2020)   ​Guidance and recommendations - seafarers, certificates, ship surveys, audits, inspections, seaman record book and employment
CL. 4248/Add.2 (18 May 2020) COVID-19 Contingency Measures
CL.4248/Add.3 (30June 2020)  COVID-19 Contingency Measures
Samoa   CL.4239 (27 March 2020) Certificates of competency​  
Saudi Arabia​   CL.4243 (31 March 2020)​   Special guidelines for issuing certificates and seafarer maritime documents
South Africa CL.4285 (30 April 2020)   Validity of South African certificates during COVID-19 period  
Spain CL.4247 (3 April 2020)​   Certificates (medical, CoC, CoP, training etc)  
CL.4247/Add.1 (17 April 2020)​   Measures to minimize the effects of the occurred sanitary crisis of COVID-19 in the field of the merchant marine
CL.4247/Add.2 (1 May 2020)   Measures to allow seafarers to cross the borders and transit through Spanish territory, in order to ensure the provision of maritime transport services and fishing activity during the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19
CL.4247/Add.3 (11 May 2020) Measures to minimize the effects of the occurred sanitary crisis of COVID - 19 in the field of the merchant marine
CL.4247/Add.4 (10 June 2020) Measures to minimize the effects of the occurred sanitary crisis of COVID 19 in the field of the merchant marine
Sri Lanka CL.4237 (25 March 2020) Guidance relating to certificates and contract of employment of Seafarers
CL.4237/Add.3 (28 April 2020)   General information on further measures adopted by the Government of Sri Lanka due to COVID-19 pandemic  
CL. 4237/Add.4 (18 May 2020) MSN 04/2020-Amendment to the MSN02/2020-Revised
Singapore   SHIPPING CIRCULAR NO. 6 OF 2020 Shipping Circular No. 6 of 2020 by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)
Shipping Circular No. 3 of 2020 Shipping Circular No. 3 of 2020 by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA)  
​Sweden CL.4245 (1 April 2020)​   Extension of surveys, inspections and certifications
Switzerland CL.4305 (17 June 2020) Measures adopted by the Swiss Maritime Administration in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tanzania CL.4288 (11 May 2020) Coronavirus (COVID -19) guidance relating to documentation and certification of seafarers
​Thailand CL.4258 (8 April 2020)   ​Extension of statutory supervision and issuance/endorsement of certificates due to COVID-19 for international voyage vessels flying Thai Flag
​Turkey CL.4245 (1 April 2020)​   ​Extension of Certificates  
CL.4245/Add.1 (24 June 2020 ) COVID - 19 - Further Extension of certificates of Seafarers
Tuvalu   CL.4268 (16 April 2020)   ​Extension of seafarers' employment agreement service period and certificates of endorsement  
Togo CL. 0039C/TG/03/20 Extension of validity of the ships certificates and seafarers due to the COVID-19 problem (0039C/TG/03/20)
Uganda   CL.4278 (27 April 2020)   COVID-19 measures taken by the Republic of Uganda
Ukraine   CL.4232 (24 March 2020)​   Extension of STCW certificates and employment contracts for seafarers
CL.4232/Add.2 (21 April 2020) ​Measures adopted and enforced by Ukraine with respect to COVID-19 combating
CL.4232/Add.3 (01 June 2020) Measures adopted and enforced by Ukraine with respect to COVID-19 combating
United Arab Emirates   CL.4242 (31 March 2020) Horns of hope​  
C/ES.32/4/4 Proposals for the facilitation of shipping during the covid-19 pandemic
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland   CL.4236 (26 March 2020)   Seafarer welfare, transit and transfer information  
CL.4236/Add.1 (24 June 2020) Measures to enable holders of UK Seafarer Certification to continue to work and support international trade.
​United States of America CL.4281 (27 April 2020)   Guidance and recommendations to assist ship owners and operators, mariners and port facilities  
Vanuatu   CL.4283 (29 April 2020)   Vanuatu's measures in relation to COVID-19
CL.4283/Add.1 (30 June 2020)  Vanuatu's measures in relation to COVID-19- Seafarers Employment Agreement (SEA)
Venezuela CL.4301 (01 June 2020) Communication from the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
CL.4302 (03 June 2020)
Viet Nam CL.4246 (2 April 2020)​   Seafarer certificates
​CL.4246/Add.1 (9 April 2020)   The extension of the ship's existing statutory certificates and the extension or postponement of the surveys, audits or inspections for Vietnamese flagged ships in situations of force majeure due to COVID-19 pandemic

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