May 2021

Fleet notice – pandemic update 03.05.2021

Shore leave restrictions in Europe

According to the previous Fleet Notice we decided to suspend shore leave permission in the European countries, where number of infected persons per 100,000 citizens is greater than 100.

Below is updated list, which will be in force from May 03rd, superseding current one. Shore leave is suspended in the countries marked red:

Above list will be valid until May 16th.

Shore leave on the other continents
Because of questions raised from time to time we remind that shore leave in the other world regions (non Europe) is still suspended. It is valid until the release in certain regions will be announced by SMT Shipping. Unfortunately we still encounter infections in entire fleet and have to protect the crews and ships.

Suspended crew changes in South America and Africa
According to the information in the previous Fleet Notice, crew changes in following countries are suspended (period extended until May 31st):

  1. South America, eexcluding Central America an Caribbean Islands
  2. Africa excluding crew changes on Transshipment Stations in Ghana and Guinea)

Considering above restrictions the contracts of Seafarers on board of certain vessels may be shortened or extended to allow repatriation from the other countries according to the vessel’s ports schedule. We will arrange the crew changes in the other countries wherever and whenever it is possible, as long as it is permitted by local authorities.

Please note, that crew changes in UK and Ireland were restored from May 03rd.

Quarantine before joining the vessel
As it was already announced in the separate Fleet Notice, we have implemented the 4-days quarantine before joining the vessel. The quarantine will be performed in the hotels indicated by the company. The reason of it was to reduce the possibility of infection on board caused by on-signer who had negative result of PCR test 72 hrs prior departure from home, but became “positive” after 3-6 days. It however makes sense only if the persons on quarantine maintain all precautions including isolation from the others. We have observed, that certain groups ignored restrictions and performed informal meetings in the places designated as a smoking areas. It cannot be tolerated. We also remind all, that travel is a part of the contract and consumption of alcohol in this period is prohibited with all the consequences for violators.

Vaccination in US (or other) ports
We look positively on the increasing availability for vaccination worldwide. The company is developing a policy governing vaccination, which will be in keeping with all relevant national, regional, and industry regulations. As this policy develops, we will be addressing issues pertaining to vaccine on a case by case basis.