FONASBA publishes report on preventing the spread of COVID-19


The International Federation of National Associations of Shipbrokers and Agents (FONASBA) has shared a new report on port operations and crew change opportunities in different countries.

A weekly update of the bulletin outlines all the measures countries are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thus, in Croatia all ports are fully operational. All passenger ships are permitted, but with a maximum number of passengers on board 200. All crew change actions are allowed. Crew members who are not EU citizens have to leave Croatia within 12 hours upon disembarkation from the vessel.

UAE Maritime Administration reported that crew changes in ports and at anchorages are allowed subject to the recommendations of the health care for COVID-19 ”and subject to regular flights to the UAE. All agents and employers are encouraged to take COVID-19 tests and abide by the regulations issued by the Health Board to maintain the health of the crew and staff.

But there are also countries that have not yet lifted the restrictions. So in Portugal, due to the continuing increase in the number of cases, a ban on gathering for the coast of cruise ship passengers was extended until October 30, and in Denmark in general until December 1.

For a complete list of countries and measures, see the FONASBA bulletin.