Philippines Releases New Guidelines Aimed At Easing Crew Change

The Filipino government has released a set of guidelines that will ease the process of repatriation of seafarers, a move aimed at reducing the burden on Filipino seafarers stuck onboard ships for months.

The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) of the Filipino government announced the set of guidelines and protocols.

Robert A. Empedrad said that the new protocols are “in line with the procedures and protocols recommended by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).”

DFA welcomed 262 Filipino seafarers from Barbados via Qatar Air flight
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He also added that the procedures to be followed henceforth are in line with the existing health protocols handed out by all governmental units for a crew change, as well as that of the International Maritime Organization.

The Filipino government has tasked the Department of Transportation(DOTr) for port evaluation, for the purpose of authorizing them as major hubs for a crew change.

As it stands till date, the only port authorized with carrying out crew change is Manila. Orion’s Port Capinpin will receive the official authorization for the same soon.

The fresh set of guidelines cover an array of seafarers, including those of Filipinos joining a ship which is harbored in Filipino waters, as well as overseas and of those seafarers signing off the ships.

Robert A. Empedrad, who is the Marina Administrator said,“ As a major provider of Filipino seafarers to the global labour market, we should spearhead the support to all seafarers who have been recognized as key workers.”


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