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China Ports Crew Change Updates - For Filipino Seafarers [Crew Replacement Guide]


Updates as of 19 October 2021

REVISED RESTRICTIONS FOR VESSELS CALLING AT ZHOUSHAN Drydock


Below are the revised restrictions for Zhoushan implemented as from 12 October 2021

Revision refers to Zhoushan s/y ONLY and not in various terminals located withing the major area.


1. HIGH RISK AREAS: Turkey, India (total 2)


In case vessels call or conduct crew changes at any of the above mentioned countries, then a 90 days quarantine period to apply, start to counting as from next day of sailing date or crew change date.


2. MEDIUM & HIGH RISK AREAS: UK, Brazil, Russia, USA, Philippines, Malaysia (total 6)


In case vessels call or conduct crew changes at any of the above mentioned countries, then a 56 days quarantine period to apply, start to counting as from next day of sailing date or crew change date. In case vessels can provide PCR report from other Chinese port (not Zhoushan), this period reduced to 28 days;


3. MEDIUM RISK AREAS: Thailand, Iran, Vietnam, Indonesia (total 4)


In case vessels call or conduct crew changes at any of the above mentioned countries, then a 42 days quarantine period to apply, start to counting as from next day of sailing date or crew change date. In case vessels can provide PCR report from other Chinese port (not Zhoushan), this period reduced to 28 days;


Should any crew changes are performed at any other countries except the above 12, then a 28 days quarantine period to apply, unless PCR report from other Chinese port (not Zhoushan) can be provided in which case, period is reduced to 14 days


Should vessels call at any other countries except the above 12 (without crew changes), then a 14 days quarantine period to apply, no matter PCR report from other Chinese port (not Zhoushan) can be provided


Should any crew changes are performed at MEDIUM /HIGH RISK AREAS and then vessel calls LOW RISK AREAS, then restrictions as per 2 & 3 points to apply.


Herewith is the relevant policy in both English and Chinese language.


Zhoushan Covid-19 POLICY for Ship Repair Application






Updates as of 01 October 2021


As of Friday 01/10/2021, a new policy has been implemented by Zhoushan authorities for all the vessels calling at the shipyards of this area, putting new standards on quarantine restrictions due to COVID - 19

 

Specifically, countries and quarantine periods are re-framed as following:

 

1. HIGH-RISK AREAS: Brazil, India, Philippines, Malaysia (total 4)

In case vessels call or conduct crew changes at any of the above-mentioned countries, then a 90 days quarantine period to apply, starts to counting as from the next day of sailing date or crew change date.

 

2. MEDIUM & HIGH-RISK AREAS: UK, Turkey, Russia, Iran, Vietnam, Indonesia (total 6)

In case vessels call or conduct crew changes at any of the above-mentioned countries, then a 56 days quarantine period to apply, starts to counting as from next day of sailing date or crew change date. In case vessels can provide PCR report from other Chinese port (not Zhoushan), this period reduced to 28 days;

 

3. MEDIUM RISK AREAS: Thailand, Japan, USA (total 3)

In case vessels call or conduct crew changes at any of the above-mentioned countries, then a 42 days quarantine period to apply, starts to counting as from the next day of sailing date or crew change date. In case vessels can provide PCR report from other Chinese port (not Zhoushan), this period reduced to 28 days;

 

Should any crew changes are performed at any other countries except the above 13, then a 28 days quarantine period to apply, unless PCR report from other Chinese port (not Zhoushan) can be provided in which case, the period is reduced to 14 days


Should vessels call at any other countries except the above 13 (without crew changes), then a 14 days quarantine period to apply, no matter PCR report from other Chinese ports (not Zhoushan) can be provided


Should any crew changes are performed at MEDIUM /HIGH RISK AREAS and then vessel calls LOW RISK AREAS, then restrictions as per 2 & 3 points to apply.

 

Attached please also find relevant policy in both English and Chinese language. It has immediate effect as from 01/10/21

 

The situation with COVID-19 restrictions is constantly changing all over Chinese ports and s/y and thus restrictions may change in short time without advance notice.

 

Indicatively, we quote applicable limitations for Nantong, Jiangyin, Qingdao (BEIHAI SY), Dalian, Guangzou and Shanghai as for now:

 

NANTONG:

In case vessels arrive ex high risk areas, like India, Laos, Cambodia,Thailand, Bangladesh, Nepal, the Kingdom of Bhutan, Myanmar, Russia, Singapore, Philippines, Brunei,Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the quarantine period remains 28 days , counting as from the next date vessel sails from last overseas port


Otherwise, the quarantine period is reduced to 21 days

 

JIANGYIN:

The quarantine period remains 28 days unless the shipyard can arrange special workers shift for the vessel, in which case the quarantine period can be reduced to 21 days. 

 

QINGDAO (BEIHAI S/Y):

The quarantine period is 14 days, counting as from next date the vessel sails from the last overseas port. After this period, the vessel may proceed to s/y basis prevailing regulation. Once at berth, the shipyard will conduct PCR test on all crew members on board, and upon all results show negative, repair works may commence.

 

SHANGHAI:

Shipyards in this port do not accept vessels if they have sailed from India or been called to India during the last one month.


Regarding the quarantine policy, we need to check with shipyards on a case-by-case basis.

 

For example, COSCO SHANGHAI CHANGXING s/y may allow vessels to berth directly without any quarantine, in case the vessel has not called at Indian port or having performed crew changes of Indian nationality within the last 28 days. PCR tests will be conducted on all crew after berthing.


In other cases, if ships have sailed from a previous overseas port in less than 14 days, shipyards may only commence deck job after 1st PCR test passed.


On the 14th day, 2nd PCR test will be arranged and yard can commence the job in E/R, living area and bridge after 2nd PCR test passed .

 

GUANGZHOU:

COSCO shipyard: 21 days quarantine at anchorage is required counting as from ship's sailing date from last port . (foreign and Chinese ports)

WENCHONG shipyard: 14 days quarantine at anchorage counting as from ship's sailing date from last port .(foreign and Chinese ports).

 

DALIAN:

There are no quarantine restrictions for the vessels arriving from overseas ports. Ships can enter shipyard upon its confirmed schedule. PCR tests will be conducted to all crew on board and once all results show negative, repair works will commence.


Source:

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World Marine Corp.

2, Artemidos Str. 166 74, Glyfada,

Athens - Greece

Office: +30-210-8986334

Fax:     +30-210-8986338

Mob: +30 6951098600

Email:  athens@worldmarine.gr

www.worldmarine.gr        

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Updates as of 23 July 2021

Additional new requirement for crew traveling to China


This is to update on the new requirement for crew traveling to China effective on and after 27 July 2021 (Tuesday)

 

Below are the extracts of the additional requirement.

 

  1. Unvaccinated people (includes those who only got 1 dose of any vaccine)
  • Negative PCR test to be completed within 48 hours before departure with verifiable QR code
  • Negative IgM serology test to be completed within 48 hours before departure with verifiable QR code

 

  1. Vaccinated people with non-inactivated vaccines like Pfizer/Moderna
  • Negative PCR test to be completed within 48 hours before departure with verifiable QR code
  • Negative N protein serology test to be completed within 48 hours before departure with verifiable QR code
  • For those not vaccinated in China or Singapore, provide verifiable vaccinated certificates as per requirements set out in the official websites of the Chinese Embassy and Consulate General in the place of vaccination
  • For those vaccinated in Singapore, upload vaccine certificate from Health Hub

 

  1. Vaccinated people with inactivated vaccines like Sinovac/Sinopharm
  • Negative PCR test to be completed within 48 hours before departure with verifiable QR code
  • Negative IgM serology test to be completed within 48 hours before departure with verifiable QR code
  • For those vaccinated in China or other countries, upload vaccination certificate with name of person, vaccine brand and place of vaccination
  • For those vaccinated in Singapore, upload vaccine certificate from Health Hub
  • Upload the Letter of Commitment on COVID-19 Vaccination

 

You may find out from the following link: http://www.chinaembassy.org.sg/eng/gdxw/t1893114.htm



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Updates as of 05 July 2021

New policy applying to vessels intending to call at Zhoushan shipyards for scheduled dry docking/repairs.

 
1. All vessels with trajectory and crew changes at high-risk areas (Indian, Indonesia, Brazil, Argentina), need retroactive period of 56 days, but if vessel can provide PCR report from other Chinese ports, the retroactive period could be reduced to 28 days;

2. All vessels with trajectory and crew changes at medium risk areas (Iran, Philippines, Turkey, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan), need retroactive period of 42 days, but if vessel can provide PCR report from other Chinese port, the retroactive period could be reduced to 14 days;

3. All vessels with crew changes within other area except for the above mentioned countries, need retroactive period of 28 days, unless vessel could provide PCR report from other Chinese ports in which case the retroactive period could be reduced to 14 days;

Kindly also note that PCR test in Zhoushan is not acceptable by Zhoushan government . It is required the PCR test conducted in other Chinese port.


Source:
World Marine Corp.
2, Artemidos Str. 166 74, Glyfada,
Athens - Greece
Office: +30-210-8986334
Fax:     +30-210-8986338
Mob: +30 6951098600
Email:  athens@worldmarine.gr
www.worldmarine.gr     


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Updates as of 19 March 2021

Is China Embassy in Manila now open to accept visa applications for seafarers?


As of now all visa applications / appointments are still on hold until further notice.


Source:
Consular Office 
Chinese Embassy 
2nd Floor, the World Center, 
330 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, 
Makati City, Metro Manila 

For Inquiry & Appointment:  
chinaembassy.ph@gmail.com (For Chinese citizen) 
phchinaembassy@hotmail.com (For foreigners) 



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UPDATES AS OF 08 FEBRUARY 2021

Updated local policy for crew change in China

As a result of a spike of new COVID19 cases this January, China is taking stricter epidemic prevention and control measures amid higher risks of the epidemic before the Spring Festival Holidays which will commence on Feb 11, 2021. Following our earlier circular No. 2013 dated Nov 10, 2020 “Foreign Crew Change Procedures at Qingdao, Tianjin, Dalian and Shanghai”, we have checked the current crew change policy at the major ports and hereby update as below for your reference:

Dalian

Foreign crew change
Foreign crew members are not allowed to sign on or off the vessel.

Chinese crew change
Chinese crew members with a negative NAT report issued within three days are allowed to sign on.

No sign-off of Chinese crew members is allowed unless for an emergency.

Qingdao

Foreign crew change
Foreign crew members who meet the requirement can disembark, but it is difficult to arrange for them to sign on.

Chinese crew change
Chinese crew members with a negative NAT report issued within three days are allowed to sign on.

Shanghai

Foreign crew change
All foreign crew have to wait for the results of the NAT test before they can be disembarked, so for container ships, usually there is not enough time to arrange the disembarkation without delaying the ship’s schedule; for bulk ships, their longer stay at port will make it relatively easier.

Chinese crew change

Chinese crew members with a negative NAT report issued within three days are allowed to sign on.

Chinese crew members on container ships can be disembarked without having to wait for the results of the NAT test, while those of bulk carriers still have to wait for the results of the NAT before they can be disembarked.


Tianjin

Foreign crew change
A ship can only sail after the departure of the crewmember who has been disembarked, so the crewmember's international flight should take off before the ship’s scheduled departure, otherwise the ship’s schedule would be affected. In addition, the voyage of the ship from the last foreign port to Tianjin should not be less than 21 days. Otherwise, an application should be submitted to the authority for special consideration.

The sign-on foreign crew member should have a valid negative nucleic acid report and enter China directly at Tianjin with quarantine for 21 days upon arrival.

Chinese crew change
The crew change of Chinese crew members are allowed in Tianjin.

Ningbo

Foreign crew change
No foreign crew change would be permitted unless for special reason which would be assessed and determined by the local authorities on a case-by-case basis.

Chinese crew change
The Chinese crew change in Ningbo is normal now. A negative NAT test result should be in place before they disembark the vessel and after disembarkation, they should be quarantined in the hotel for 14 days.

Xiamen, Fuzhou and Haikou

Foreign crew change
No foreign crew change is permitted unless for special reason which would be assessed and determined by the local authorities on a case-by-case basis.

Chinese crew change
The Chinese crew change is suspended during/around the Chinese New Year Festival holiday.

Shenzhen and Guangzhou

Foreign crew change
The sign-off of foreign crew can be arranged on the condition that:
a. the outbound international air ticket is available;
b. the crewmember has been in China for more than 14 days;
c. negative results from multiple nucleic acid tests during the 14 days;
d. the crew will be sent to the airport directly on basis of closed-loop control without local stay after disembarkation;
e. the approval of the application from the local authorities including the MSA, immigration office, Customs, port authority and etc. have been obtained.

The sign-on of foreign crew is unfeasible and no successful case has been heard of recently.

Chinese crew change
The Chinese crew change is normal in both of the ports now.


As a whole, crew change policies are now becoming stricter in all Chinese ports. For foreign sign-on crew members, it depends on whether they can get an invitation letter from the Foreign Affairs Office and as far as we know, there are very few successful cases of foreign crew signing on ships in Chinese ports recently.

As the epidemic situation in China develops and changes constantly, the crew change policy at each port may be adjusted accordingly. Owners who plan to change crew in China is strongly suggested to contact with their local agent in advance to learn the update policy and discuss the crew change issue.


Source:
Oasis P&I Services Company Limited - OASIS CIRCULAR 2102
E-MAIL: oasis@oasispandi.com


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UPDATES AS OF 3 FEBRUARY 2021

Below is the fresh information for the below mentioned ports where quarantine limitations are being applied:
 
1. Zhoushan -- request 14 + 7 + 7 days quarantine period / attendance allowed only when vessels in shipyard

2. Shanghai -- request 14 days quarantine period

3. Jiangyin -- request 14 + 14 days quarantine period / attendance allowed only when vessels in shipyard

4. Nantong -- request 14 days quarantine period / attendance allowed only when vessels in shipyard

5. Ningbo - Beilun -- request 14 + 7 + 7 days quarantine period / cannot attend vsl at Ningbo-Beilun port

6. Zhanjiangang -- request 14 + 7 + 7 days quarantine period

7. Taicang -- request 14 + 14 days quarantine period

8. Tianjin --14+7 days (14days at entrance place+7days at Tianjin )

9. Qingdao --14+7 days quarantine period (14days at entrance place+7days at Qingdao )

10. Rizhao -- 14+7 days quarantine period (14days at entrance place+7days at Rizhao )

11. Bayuquan -- 14+14 days quarantine period (14days at entrance place+14days at Bayuquan)

12. Caofedian -- 21+7 days quarantine period(21days at entrance place+7days at Caofeidian)

13. Dalian --14+7+7 days quarantine period (14days at entrance place+7days at Dalian+7days community health monitoring )

14. Lianyungang --14+14 days quarantine period (14days at entrance place+14days at Lianyungang).

15. Putian -- request 14 + 7 days quarantine period

16. Fangcheng -- request 14 + 7 days quarantine period

17. Xianmen -- request 14 + 7 days quarantine period

18. Zhenjiang -- request 14 + 7 days quarantine period

19. Guangzhou -- request 14 + 7 days quarantine period

20. Nansha -- request 14 + 7 days quarantine period

21. Hong Kong -- request 14 days quarantine period. According to latest regulation implemented in HKG as from 20.01.21, any person having stayed in Brazil, UK, Ireland or South Africa for more than 2hours within last 21 days, won't be allowed to join flight to HKG.

 

REMARKS

1. such policies are constantly changing, strongly suggest to re-check what is the prevailing current situation with you local agent.

2.Terminals located within same the port may also apply DIFFERENT restrictions.


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Source:

World Marine Corp.

2, Artemidos Str. 166 74, Glyfada,

Athens - Greece

Office: +30-210-8986334

Fax:    +30-210-8986338

Mob:    +30 6951098600

Email:  athens@worldmarine.gr

www.worldmarine.gr   


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UPDATE AS OF 28 JANUARY 2021

Further to last update on 04.01.21 regarding to new policy implemented by local authorities in Zhejiang province as far as it concerns foreign Supt attendance in the ports of Zhoushan, Ningbo and Wenzhou, more Chinese ports have nowdays adopted such policy in an effort to constraint the COVID-19.

 

Here are below some of the ports where such limitations applying for your perusal:


1. Zhoushan -- request 14 + 7 + 7 days quarantine period / attendance allowed only when vessels in shipyard


2. Shanghai -- request 14 days quarantine period


3. Jiangyin -- request 14 + 14 days quarantine period / attendance allowed only when vessels in shipyard


4. Nantong -- request 14 days quarantine period / attendance allowed only when vessels in shipyard


5. Ningbo - Beilun -- request 14 + 7 + 7 days quarantine period / cannot attend vsl at Ningbo-Beilun port


6. Zhanjiangang -- request 14 + 7 + 7 days quarantine period


7. Taicang -- request 14 + 14 days quarantine period


8. Tianjin --14+7 days (14days at entrance place+7days at Tianjin )


9. Qingdao --14+7 days quarantine period (14days at entrance place+7days at Qingdao )


10. Rizhao -- 14+7 days quarantine period (14days at entrance place+7days at Rizhao )


11. Bayuquan -- 14+14 days quarantine period (14days at entrance place+14days at Bayuquan)


12. Caofedian -- 21+7 days quarantine period(21days at entrance place+7days at Caofeidian)


13. Dalian --14+7+7 days quarantine period (14days at entrance place+7days at Dalian+7days community health monitoring )


14. Lianyungang --14+14 days quarantine period (14days at entrance place+14days at Lianyungang).


15. Putian -- request 14 + 7 days quarantine period


16. Fangcheng -- request 14 + 7 days quarantine period


17. Xianmen -- request 14 + 7 days quarantine period


18. Zhenjiang -- request 14 + 7 days quarantine period


19. Guangzhou -- request 14 + 7 days quarantine period


20. Nansha -- request 14 + 7 days quarantine period


21. Hong Kong -- request 14 days quarantine period. According to latest regulation implemented in HKG as from 20.01.21, any person having stayed in Brazil, UK, Ireland or South Africa for more than 2hours within last 21 days, won't be allowed to join flight to HKG.


At this point, please note that such policies are constantly changing, so you will also need to check on the spot what is the prevailing situation.


On the other hand, terminals located within same port do not applying same restrictions. It is strongly suggest to check locally prior proceeding with any arrangements.


I shall try to keep you updated with any news so bookmarked this page.


Source:

World Marine Corp.

2, Artemidos Str. 166 74, Glyfada,

Athens - Greece

Office: +30-210-8986334

Fax:     +30-210-8986338

Mob: +30 6951098600

Email:  athens@worldmarine.gr

www.worldmarine.gr        


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UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 8, 2021:

More ports have implemented the new policy for foreign Supts , recently got in force at Zhoushan.


Specifically, Qingdao and Shenzhen ports have been added into this list since yesterday - January 7, 2021.


QINGDAO -  14+2+5 days quarantine requirement.: after the usual 14 days quarantine hotel stay upon entering China, passengers traveling to QINGDAO have to stay at the isolation inspection point for 2 days and another 5 days stay at a quarantine hotel in Qingdao


SHENZHEN -  14+7 days quarantine requirement:  after the usual 14 days quarantine hotel stay upon entering China, passengers traveling to SHENZHEN have to remain isolated in a quarantine hotel at SHENZHEN for another 7 days.


More than 100 infected cases were found in HUANGHUA ,JINGTANG , CAOFEIDIAN , all located within Hebei province and above policy is likely to be followed by them too.


Information Source:

W O R L D   M A R I N E   C O R P.

Comprehensive Ship Agency & Representation Services

Suez Canal, Egyptian Ports, PR China and S.A.R Hong Kong

Date : 07/01/2021 - Time: 17:25:25 


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UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 05, 2021:

FOREIGN SUPTS ATTENDANCE IN ZHOUSHAN


New policy has been implemented by local authorities in Zhejiang province, covering Zhoushan, Ningbo and Wenzhou ports, related to foreign Supt attendance who are arriving at China in order to attend vessels at Zhoushan for dd/repairs.


Specifically, due to a case of passenger COVID-19 result turned positive again after the usual 14 days hotel quarantine, Zhoushan government has decided today to put an additional quarantine period of 7 days + 7 days quarantine regulation . That means that after 14 days isolation at the quarantine hotel located in the city ones arrives/enters China, another 7 days quarantine at a Zhoushan hotel is needed (if person is headed to Zhoushan), and then again a period of 7 days health monitoring/reporting (on daily basis). During this last week , person(s) can attend vessel.


In other words, the quarantine period has been extended to 3 weeks now for those persons need to attend vessels at Zhoushan.


Such measures , though decided/ implemented in Beijing too, have not yet been put in force in other provinces and cities


Source: 

W O R L D   M A R I N E   C O R P.

Comprehensive Ship Agency & Representation Services

Suez Canal, Egyptian Ports, PR China and S.A.R Hong Kong


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Despite the fact that central Chinese government has issued instructions to 10 ports (Shanghai, Qingdao, Dalian, Xiamen, Tianjin, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Haikou) to open their gates to foreign crew changes as from  9th October , very small steps forward have been made so far .

 

Seems that sufficient clarifications have not yet given to local authorities and any tries for crew changes made by local agents are in vane

 

For the time being there were a couple of cases in Shanghai, Qingdao (only off signers), one case in Guangzhou Cosco s/y (2 off signers) and one case in Ningbo s/y (2 on signers) 

 

Specifically for Ningbo, there were only two cases for crew signing on new building, however the formalities were very complicated .

 

This case refers to specific NINGBO S/Y and not to any cargo terminals located in this port where no foreign crew changes are still feasible.

 

In other ports like , Fuzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen , Haikou, Dalian, Tianjin there were no successful cases.

 

 

Some key points from the regulation:

  

1) vessel should left last foreign port for more than 14 days, and there should be no crew change within the last 14 days.

 

2) the plan for crew change should be submitted to local port authorities for approval on case by case basis.

 

3) the off signer should pass the nucleic acid test (N.A.T) by Customs officer before disembarkation. Test may be asked to be made even up to 3 times which of course takes time

 

4) the off signer should be sent directly from vessel to airport to take the repatriation flight, no stay at local hotel is allowed.

 

5) Vessel cannot sail from port unless off signer has departed

 

6) The LOI for on signer should be issued by local government foreign affairs dept subject to their approval.

 

7) After on signer passes the quarantine at local airport, he could be transported to vessel point-to-point.

 

8) Direct flights abroad - no intermediate flights in other Chinese airports are allowed.

 

  


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Source:

World Marine Corp.

2, Artemidos Str. 166 74, Glyfada,

Athens - Greece

Office: +30-210-8986334

Fax:     +30-210-8986338

Mob: +30 6951098600

Email:  athens@worldmarine.gr

www.worldmarine.gr        


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