Countries extend the validity of maritime documents
So Azerbaijan until June 30 decided to postpone the expiration dates of seafarers' identification documents in accordance with the 185th convention of the International Labor Organization, professional diplomas, confirmation of their recognition, as well as other qualifications required in accordance with the International Convention on the Training, Certification and Watchkeeping of Seafarers, 1978 as amended.
Also, until June 31, Turkey extended the validity of the sailor's passport, certificate of qualifications and a number of others. Ethiopia extended the validity of seafarers' certificates for another six months, until the end of September 2021. Iran has extended a number of education documents and medical certificates until September 21 this year.
The Maritime and Offshore Guidelines were issued by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore on 18 March. They deal with updated requirements for ships arriving at the shipyard for repair. The requirements relate to the safety of shipyard workers in connection with the coronavirus and include regular testing and minimal interaction.
The US Coast Guard has issued Maritime Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 04-21 on crew change issues related to COVID-19. It provides brief guidelines for American and foreign crew members who are facing difficulties in repatriating to the United States.