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China strengthens crew change efforts

Six Chinese government units including Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Health Commission, General Administration of Customs, National Immigration Administration and Civil Aviation Administration of China, have jointly released a notice to further guide and facilitate Chinese crew changes at domestic ports as part of efforts to normalise the transport sector.

Under the new guidance, Chinese crews can sign on to ships at domestic ports after testing negative for coronavirus. Ports are asked to provide the necessary facilities for Chinese crews onboard foreign ships to sign off if they can provide a 14-day normal health record when arriving at Chinese ports.

Chinese embassies around the world have also been told to assist Chinese crew overseas to return home once their contracts are up.

Additionally, authorities have agreed to remove the 14-day quarantine procedure for ships operating on international-domestic combination routes so long as all crew test negative for coronavirus and promise not to disembark at domestic ports.

Yesterday Splash reported how another key Asian crewing destination, India, has been making rule changes to make crew changes easier for Indian crew leaving or signing on at local ports.

There has been increasing calls from all over the world to get governments to ease up on the crew transfer issue and help repatriate crews home.

Kitack Lim, secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has written to all IMO member states, urging them to recognise all seafarers as key workers, remove any barriers to their documentation and lift national travel restrictions so that they can get home on conclusion of their contracts, and rejoin their families.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.


  1. Please do something for exemptions of seafarers… my family facing lot of difficulty without my seaman..
    I want him to return back soon..

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