Multiple Hours | China: Crew change of 291 ships delayed above CNY due to positive Covid-19 tests


The following article published by Manifold Times on February 10 comes from the Chinese domestic market via a local correspondent; a professional translator was used in the production of the current editorial article:

China’s Ministry of Transport, General Administration of Customs, National Immigration Administration, as well as other ministries and commissions, reportedly issued a joint statement on January 24.

The statement said local authorities discovered that the crew members of several vessels, including SEA TOPAZ, PK MARIT, EASTERN GARDENIA, NEW PARADISE, SEASTAR 1, ODELMAR, LOWLANDS NELLO, JIN YUE, IKAN SELAYANG and CERES THREE, had tested positive for Covid. -19 Nucleic acid test.

Thus, either the ships and their related shipping companies have not effectively carried out their epidemic prevention and control responsibilities, or the prevention and control measures have not been properly implemented, said authorities.

Due to the development, it was decided:

  1. Within 15 days from January 24, the suspension of foreign crew change in Chinese inland ports will come into effect for Hanaro Shipping Co, Ltd (the ship management company of SEA TOPAZ), V Ships (Shanghai) Ltd (the ship management company of EASTERN GARDENIA), Associated Maritime Co (Hong Kong) Ltd (the ship management company of NEW PARADISE), and five other companies and their respective vessels.
  2. Within 30 days from January 24, the suspension of foreign crew change in Chinese inland ports will be in effect for AR Shipping LLC (the ship management company of PK MARIT), Total Ship Management Services SA (the ODELMAR’s ship management company), Goldenbeam International Ltd (JIN YUE’s ship management company) and five other companies and their respective vessels.

Foreign crew members of ships of the aforementioned companies, if they test positive for the Covid-19 nucleic acid test, will be continuously suspended from shift changes in Chinese inland ports until they be re-evaluated and approved by relevant departments, the statement said.

The appendix of the companies concerned as well as their vessels is provided below:

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Posted: February 10, 2022