The Government of Malaysia has extended the Movement Control Order (MCO) until 14th of April.
1. All seafarers are ALLOWED to carry out crew change activities (sign-off) in any Malaysia port, subject that the seafarer:
a) in need of a medical evacuation;
b) Malaysian citizenship who has completed his/her term of service in accordance to his/her Seafarer Employment Agreement (SEA);
c) medically unfit to continue his service due to his physical condition, health (including mental health) or other criteria as determined by the Director of Marine;
d) has developed explicit COVID-19 symptoms.
2. A seafarer who falls under the criteria of paragraph 1(b), SHALL comply with the following:
a) Has been declared by the ship’s Master to be in good health at least for the last 14 days;
b) The ship has not made any crew change activity at least for the last 14 days.
3. ALL of the ship’s personnel SHALL be subjected to a health screening by the Port Health Officer (PHO) prior to any Malaysian seafarer wishing to sign off due to the circumstances stated in paragraph 1(b), 1(c), or 1(d) if he/she is currently serving on board
a) a foreign-flagged ship;
b) a ship that has departed or transitted within the past 14 days from any countries that have been declared at risk by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH).
4. A seafarer who is signing-off due to the circumstances stated in paragraph 1(b), 1(c), or 1(d), SHALL undergo a health screening and be subjected to any further instructions from the PHO.
5. For medical evacuation initial information; shipowner, Master, or agent, may contact Maritime Communication Centre (PUSKOM) at +603-3169-5233/5201 to arrange for a suitable evacuation port.
6. For any crew-change activities due to the circumstances stated in paragraph (1), the replacement crew (sign-on) is ONLY PERMITTED for:
a) Malaysian citizenship seafarer with valid seafarer’s identity document, discharge book, and Certificate of Competency (officers);
b) Undergo a health screening at port and cleared by the PHO prior to signing-on.
7. Master SHALL perform a daily COVID-19 symptoms monitoring and temperature-checking to all newly-joined crew for at least 14 consecutive days after joining. Master is also encouraged to continuously monitor and keep the health record of the crew.
8. In order to maintain social distancing protocol, the maximum allowable industrial personnel on board at any time for a crewboat shall be limited to 70% of the maximum permissible number.
9. Regardless of any type of ships, strict social distancing protocol according to the MOH guidelines SHALL be practised by ALL newly-joined crew at least for 14 consecutive days after joining. These shall include, but not limited to, providing the newly-joined crew an individual and separate accommodation.
10. For the purpose of a supporting letter to apply for a Travel Permit to the Port of Embarkation, seafarers shall provide the following documents:
a) Letter of Employment;
b) Company confirmation stating the name of ship, port of registry, and port of embarkation of the seafarer;
c) Particulars of home address;
d) Expected traveling and sign-on date;
e) Valid seafarer documentation;
f) Health Declaration.
Documents shall be submitted via email to the dedicated Port Office.
11. SEA which expires during the period of MCO may apply for an extension of one (1) month, as long as the total period of the SEA including the extension is not more than 13 months.
12. For seafarer who is currently on board Malaysia flagged-ship, and the Malaysian seafarer serving on board any ship, and his/her seafarer documentation such as Seafarer’s Identity Document, Certificate of Competency, or Certificate of Proficiency has expires during the period of MCO, may apply for an extension until 30th of June 2020. The application is recommended to be made through online system and using the exemption form provided in MSN 09/2019.
13. For foreign seafarer who is currently on board Malaysia flagged-ship and his/her Certificate of Recognition (COR) has expires during the period of MCO, the extension of his/her Certificate of Competency or Certificate of Profiency validity must first be approved by the Flag State of Issuance. The application for an extension period of his/her COR until 30th of June 2020 or any date determined by the Flag State of Issuance is recommended to be made through online system and using the exemption form provided in MSN 09/2019.
Final clearance of crew change is subject to the approval of the PHO/MOH.
For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Malaysia, contact GAC Malaysia at [email protected]
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