We have been closely watching the development of the border controls especially in relation to the subject of crew changes which are still being adversely affected and to the detriment of the wellbeing of many seafarers worldwide. This continues to be an important topic with the current resurgence of COVID-19 in some areas.
With this in mind, we welcomed the news that on Jul 9 an International Maritime Virtual Summit on Crew Changes was held by the UK Ministry of Transport, resulting in a Joint Statement of 13 States, participants of the Summit, namely:
Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the USA.
The statement can be found here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/joint-statement-of-the-international-maritime-virtual-summit-on-crew-changes and in recent days more countries have joined this pledge, including Spain.
We hope that this undertaking is followed by substantive action. A useful tool to check current control implications for each country can be found here if you have travel coming up: