Covid-19, first responses to requests for the protection of maritime transport

Following the requests presented to the government by the shipping industry, agents and Trade unions, regarding the critical issues for the maritime sector caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Assarmatori, Confitarma and Federagenti expressed strong appreciation for the intervention of the public administration on two issues related to the rotation of seafarers embarked on Italian ships for reasons related to the current health emergency.
In particular, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has issued a Circular in which it provides that the Port Authorities may issue the extension until 30 June 2020 of the certificates of competence (CoC) of seafarers who have already submitted an application for renewal, or who have a certificate of competence that expired or is expiring in the period between 4 March 2020 and 30 April 2020.
In addition, the Ministry of Health has issued a Circular by which the validity of the health certificates issued following a two-year periodic visit is automatically extended up to three months, with respect to the natural expiry date.
These are two first important responses that can solve part of the difficult situations that our ships are facing with the risk of not being able to guarantee the operation and regularity of traffic.
Morevoer, the three associations express gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the substantial activity underway in those countries where, in the ports, problems have been encountered regarding the freedom of docking of ships and the movement of national seafarers.

A joint press release