COVID-19 Information

(Updated on 27 Mar. 2020)
The spread of COVID-19 has impacted on business operations throughout the industry. List of each contact address for ClassNK service for any trouble and inquiry is available at the following link, while contacting by email would be appreciated as some offices have implemented working from home.

https://www.classnk.or.jp/hp/en/contact/tel/

Committing to provide essential service to all our clients continuously, ClassNK has given first priority to preventing the further spread of infection as well as ensuring the safety of concerned parties in accordance with the instructions and recommendations by respective national/regional administrations. Though our service may be interrupted due to restrictions, we ask for your kind understanding and cooperation.

Actions for surveys/audits responding to the spread of COVID-19

(Updated on 27 Mar. 2020)
In response to the spread of COVID-19, ClassNK has been making every effort to provide support to all those who may miss due dates for surveys/audits due to force majeure. Specifically, we are offering applicable alternative measures such as the application of remote surveys and postponement of surveys etc., subject to approval of the flag state administration.

Related ClassNK Technical Information (TEC-1203)

[For inquiries relating to class & statutory surveys]

Head Office Survey Department
Email : svd@classnk.or.jp
Tel. : +81-3-5226-2027

[For inquiries relating to ISM/ISPS/MLC audits & inspections]

Head Office Ship Management Systems Department
Email : smd@classnk.or.jp
Tel. : +81-3-5226-2173

Guidance issued by IMO on GBS application concerning unforeseen delays in the delivery of bulk carriers and oil tankers

(Updated on 10 Apr. 2020)
GBS (Goal-based standard), as stipulated in SOLAS II-1/3-10, is applied to oil tankers and bulk carriers of more than 150m in length delivered on or after 1 July 2020. Design and construction of these ships shall comply with rules deemed as compliant with GBS.
Due to the spread of COVID-19, concerns were raised that unforeseen delays in the delivery affected by COVID-19 for non-GBS vessels scheduled to be delivered before 1 July 2020 might cause unintentional application of GBS to those vessels. To address the concerns, an IMO Circular has been issued so that the flag state administration may accept as the ship delivered before the application date of GBS on a case-by-case basis, bearing in mind such circumstances.

Circular Letter No.4204/Add.7

For any inquiries relating to IMO in general, please contact the following department. Regarding the matter on specific ship, please contact the nearest ClassNK office or Survey Dept. as above.

Head Office External Affairs Department
Email : xad@classnk.or.jp
Tel. : +81-3-5226-2038

Information on circulars issued by Flag states responding to the spread of COVID-19

The circulars issued by Flag state administrations are posted as follows. These circulars includes information and instructions in case where surveys/audits in accordance with Conventions such as SOLAS, Load Line, MARPOL, and ISM,/ISPS/MLC cannot be carried out by their due dates because of the impact of COVID-19. Other circulars, providing wide range of information on the protection of seafarers' health and postponement of crew assignments, etc, are posted as well. Although we strive to publish the latest information to the best of our ability, information will also be updated by flag state administrations as necessary, so please also make sure to refer to their websites.

(Updated on 10 July 2020)

Information on circulars

Flag state Circular No. Title Link issue date
Antigua and Barbuda Circular 2020-001(Rev.1) Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) PDF 2020/4
Information Notice 2020-002(Rev.1) Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Guidance PDF 2020/3/18
Australia Marine Notice 02/2020 Extension of Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) certificates PDF 2020/3
Marine Notice 04/2020 Maximum period of shipboard service for seafarers PDF 2020/6/26
AMSA Safety Alert DVC Safety Alert 04/2020 Extension National Law certificates of competency PDF 2020/4
Bahamas Technical Alert 20-03 Ver.4.1 COVID-19 PDF 2020/6/4
Technical Alert 20-04 Ver.4.1 COVID-19: Changes to BMA Office Hours PDF 2020/6/22
Barbados Bulletin 323 COVID-19: GUIDANCE PDF 2020/3/19
Bulletin 323 Addendum COVID-19: DISPENSATION REQUESTS PDF 2020/3/30
Belgium Circular 2020/002 Operational measures concerning certification related to Covid-19 PDF 2020/6/19
Belize Merchant Marine Notice MMN-20-003r1 BELIZE (IMMARBE) Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Temporary Measures PDF 2020/6/5
Bermuda BERMUDA MERCHANT SHIPPING GUIDANCE NOTICE 2020-01 Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) Outbreak on Bermuda-Registered Ships PDF 2020/3/17
BERMUDA MERCHANT SHIPPING GUIDANCE NOTICE 2020-02 COVID-19 – Extension of Periodical Life Saving Appliance and Fixed Fire Extinguishing Servicing PDF 2020/3/17
BERMUDA MERCHANT SHIPPING GUIDANCE NOTICE 2020-03 COVID-19 – Continuity of Ship Certification PDF 2020/3/19
BERMUDA MERCHANT SHIPPING GUIDANCE NOTICE 2020-04(01) COVID-19 – Arrangements for Seafarer Documents PDF 2020/4/2
BERMUDA MERCHANT SHIPPING GUIDANCE NOTICE 2020-06 Prevention and Management of COVID-19 on Board PDF 2020/4/3
Brazil PORTARIA No.85/DPC DIRETORIA DE PORTOS E COSTAS PDF 2020/3/19
PORTARIA No.215/DPC DIRETORIA DE PORTOS E COSTAS PDF 2020/6/30
Brunei Shipping Notice BC/02/2020 Sign on of Crew During COVID-19 PDF 2020//3/19
Shipping Notice BC/03/2020 Updates to the measures to prevent the widespread of ‘COVID-19’ PDF 2020/4/7
Shipping Notice BC/06/2020 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Covid-19 Guidance For Ship Operators For The Protection Of The Health Seafarers PDF 2020/5/5
Canada SHIP SAFETY BULLETIN No.05/2020 Deferral of the Canadian Cruise Ship Season for Vessels Capable of Carrying 500 Persons or More until July 1, 2020 PDF 2020/3/19
SHIP SAFETY BULLETIN No.10/2020 Measures to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 on Passenger Vessels and Ferries PDF 2020/4/4
SHIP SAFETY BULLETIN No.13/2020 Temporary Measures Regarding Marine Personnel Certificates, Discharge Books and Marine Counter Services PDF 2020/5/13
SHIP SAFETY BULLETIN No.15/2020 Temporary Guidance Regarding the Use of Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings for Workers in the Marine Transportation Sector PDF 2020/6/3
SHIP SAFETY BULLETIN No.18/2020 MOBILITY OF ASYMPTOMATIC WORKERS IN THE MARINE SECTOR DURING COVID-19 PDF 2020/6/30
Cayman Islands Guidance Note 02/2020 Rev. 3 IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON OPERATION OF CAYMAN ISLANDS REGISTERED SHIPS PDF 2020/6/19
Guidance Note 05/2020 (Rev.1) OFFICIAL LOG BOOKS & IMO RECORD BOOKS (COVID-19) PDF 2020/4/10
SHIPPING NOTICE 03/2020 Rev.01 COVID-19: CERTIFICATION OF SEAFARERS ON BOARD CAYMAN ISLANDS SHIPS PDF 2020/5/4
- COVID-19 - Move to complete mandatory remote working. PDF 2020/3
Comoros Circular 21 Ref. No.20/01812/COM Novel Coronavirus Guidance PDF 2020/2/24
- CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – GUIDANCE RELATING TO THE CERTIFICATION OF SEAFARERS PDF 2020/2/25
Circular No.24 Ref.No.20/01855/COM CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) – GUIDANCE RELATING TO THE POSTPONEMENT/EXTENSION OF STATUTORY CERTIFICATION & SERVICES PDF 2020/3/28
Circular No.25 Ref.No.20/01857/COM Crew Dispensation Letter PDF 2020/4/1
Cook Islands Circular 223/2020 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) Situation report n.10 (WHO) dated 30th January 2020 PDF 2020/2/10
Circular 224/2020 Extension of Seafarers’ Employment Agreement (SEA) Service Period Due to Outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and MLC temporary exemption. PDF 2020/2/13
Circular 226/ 2020 Operational considerations for managing COVID-19 cases/outbreak on board ships PDF 2020/3/9
Circular 227/2020 COVID-19 – Extension of mandatory surveys, audits, inspections and validity of statutory certificates. PDF 2020/3/19
Circular 228/2020 COVID-19 – Format of documentation on board Cook Islands’ Vessels PDF 2020/3/25
Circular 229/2020 Coronavirus (COVID 19) Guidance relating to the certification of Cook Islands Seafarers and Seafarers serving aboard Cook Islands flagged vessels. PDF 2020/4/1
Curacao Notice to Shipping 10 NTS 10-2020 MAC COVID-19 Contingency plan and guidelines PDF 2020/3/31
Cyprus Circular No. 03/2020 Novel Coronavirus - Precautions to be taken to minimize risks to seafares, passengers and others on board ships PDF 2020/2/3
Circular No. 05/2020 Coronavirus Disease “COVID-19” - Updates on precautions to be taken to minimise risks to seafarers, passengers and others on board ships PDF 2020/3/11
Circular No.06/2020 Special arrangement by the Shipping Debuty Ministry for the provision of services during the COVID-19 outbreak PDF 2020/3/17
Circular No. 07/2020 EU Commission Interpretative Guidelines on EU passenger rights regulations in the context of the developing situation with Covid-19 PDF 2020/3/23
Circular No. 08/2020 Urgent Provisional Measures for the operation of Cyprus ships during the Covid-19 outbreak PDF 2020/3/31
Circular No. 9/2020 Tonnage Tax for Owners of Cyprus ships and Cyprus Registry Maintenance Annual Fee- Extension of date of payment during COVID-19 outbreak PDF 2020/4/2
Circular No.13/2020 Revised procedure for facilitating crew changes within the framework of the gradual relaxation of the Restrictive Measures applicable during the COVID-19 Pandemic PDF 2020/6/12
Denmark Case 2020009936 COVID-19 - Instructions for Recognised Organisations acting on be-half of the Danish Maritime Authority PDF 2020/3/20
Dominica CD-MSC 01-20 Rev01 ADVISORY ON THE 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PDF 2020/3/3
CD-MSC 02-20 Rev01 Guidance to Assist with Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Ship Operations PDF 2020/3/16
Georgia No.3/CIRC/FSI Novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019) - Precautions to be taken to minimise risks to seafarers, passengers and others on board ships PDF 2020/2/24
No.14/CIRC/FSI Special arrangements set up by MTA for effectively render services during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF 2020/3/27
No.17/CIRC/FSI Measures taken by Georgia regarding COVID-19 Pandemic PDF 2020/4/7
Gibraltar Shipping Information Notice 065 Coronavirus PDF 2020/2/4
Shipping Information Notice 066 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCov) IMO Circular Letter 4204 (to be read in Conjunction with SIN 065 Coronavirus) PDF 2020/2/10
Shipping Information Notice 067 Operational considerations for managing COVID-19 cases/outbreak on board ships - IMO Circular Letter 4204 Add.3(to be read in Conjunction with SIN 065 & 066) PDF 2020/3/4
Shipping Information Notice 068 COVID-19 – CEC’s & SEA’s PDF 2020/3/13
Shipping Information Notice 069 COVID-19 – Periodical Verifications / Inspections PDF 2020/3/13
Shipping Information Notice 070 COVID-19 – Periodical Verifications / Inspections (To be read in conjunction with SIN – 069) PDF 2020/3/16
Shipping Information Notice 071 IMO Circular Letter No.4204/Add.5 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance relating to the certification of seafarers PDF 2020/3/18
Shipping Information Notice (SIN) 071(a) IMO Circular Letter No.4204 – Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance relating to the certification of seafarers PDF 2020/4/17
Shipping Information Notice 072 COVID-19 – GMA Temporary Operational changes PDF 2020/3/20
Shipping Information Notice 074 COVID-19 – Clarification of extensions to Seafarer Employment Agreements PDF 2020/4/22
Shipping Information Notice 075 COVID-19 - Temporary acceptance of alternative procedures ISM Code Section 12.1 – Internal Safety Audits PDF 2020/4/30
Shipping Information Notice 078 (COVID-19) - Use of alternative measures for the completion of surveys on internationally trading Gibraltar registered ships.(To be read in conjunction with SIN 069) PDF 2020/7/8
Shipping Information Notice 079 (COVID-19) - GMA approach to a phased return to survey and certification activity (To be read in conjunction with SIN 069 & 078) PDF 2020/6/17
Maritime Labour Notice (MLN) 038 (Temporary measure) Maritime Labour Convention Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Extensions to Seafarer Employment Agreements PDF 2020/2/13
Greece MLC,2006 Circ. 07 Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance relating to the Seafarers’ Employment Agreements. PDF 2020/3/20
Circular INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION RELATED MEASURES TAKEN BY THE HELLENIC MARITIME ADMINISTRATION WITH RESPECT TO COVID-19- ISSUES PDF 2020/4/1
Honduras Ciruclar DGMM No. 008-2020 - PDF 2020/3/25
Hong Kong - <Dedicated webpage> Special Arrangements by the Hong Kong Marine Department under COVID-19 Pandemic Situation URL -
HONG KONG MERCHANT SHIPPING INFORMATION NOTE 2/2020 To minimize risks to seafarers, passengers and others on board ships from Novel Coronavirus PDF 2020/2/4
HONG KONG MERCHANT SHIPPING INFORMATION NOTE 4/2020 Operational considerations for managing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases/outbreak on board ships PDF 2020/3/5
India DGS Order No. 02 of 2020 Instructions on dealing with novel coronavirus (COVID-l9) - reg. PDF 2020/3/16
DGS Order No. 03 of 2020 Instructions on dealing with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) - reg. PDF 2020/3/20
DGS Order No. 04 of 2020 Instructions to all major and minor ports for dealing with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic - reg. PDF 2020/3/20
DGS Order No. 05 of 2020 Instructions on dealing with Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) PDF 2020/3/23
DGS Order No. 07 of 2020 Advisory on non-charging of container detention charges on import and export shipments. PDF 2020/3/29
DGS Order No. 08 of 2020 Advisory on non-charging of any demurrage, ground rent beyond the allowed free period or any performance related penalty on non-containerized cargo during the period of effect of Covid-19 pandemic. PDF 2020/3/31
DGS Order No. 09 of 2020 Extension to the validity of ship sanitation certificate for all Indian registered vessels operating on the coast of India in view of COVID-19 outbreak - reg. PDF 2020/4/3
DGS Order No. 10 of 2020 Extension of validity of CDCs. PDF 2020/4/13
DGS Order No. 11 of 2020 Extension of validity of DGS Order No. 07 of 2020 dated 29.03.2020 and modification of DGS Order No. 08 of 2020 dated 31.03.2020. PDF 2020/4/22
DGS Order No.12 of 2020 Standard Operating procedures / Protocols (SOP) for controlled crew changes - reg. PDF 2020/4/22
DGS Order No.13 of 2020 Extension to the validity of Seafarer's Certificates and Ship's Statutory Certificates, periodical Surveys & Audits in view of COVlD-19 pandemic. PDF 2020/5/21
DGS Order No.14 of 2020 Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)/ Protocol for repatriation of foreign seafarers from Alang port, Gujarat - reg PDF 2020/6/7
DGS Order No.15 of 2020 Extension of the vaildity of Recruitment and Placement of Seafarers License (RPSL) and Inspection of RPSL in view of Covid-19 outbreak - reg PDF 2020/6/9
MS Notice 02 of 2020 Maritime advisory on new coronavirus-reg. PDF 2020/1/28
MS Notice 03 of 2020 Maritime advisory No.2 on new Coronavirus-reg. PDF 2020/2/4
MS Notice No. 06 of 2020 Maritime advisory No. 3 on new coronavirus - reg. PDF 2020/3/3
MS Notice No.9 of 2020 Launch of E-module for reporting of Indian seafarers awaiting their repatriation at foreign port/ship due to Covid-19 pendemic - reg PDF 2020/5/22
MS Notice 10 of 2020 Garbage collection from ships calling at ports and reception facility to all the ships calling their ports on dealing with COVID-19 pandemic - reg PDF 2020/5/27
DGS Circular 15 of 2020 Payment of Provident Fund, Welfare / Gratuity Fund - reg. PDF 2020//4/13
DGS Circular No.16 of 2020 Guidelines for Conducting maritime courses using virtual classes/Live Video Sessions PDF 2020/4/24
DGS Circular No.17 of 2020 Guidelines for Online Exit exam for DGS approved modular courses PDF 2020/4/24
DGS Circular No.19 of 2020 Conduct of maritime courses using Virtual classes / Live Video sessions PDF 2020/5/18
Tonnage Tax Cell Circular No. 01 of 2020 Extension of Due Date for filing Tonnage Tax Returns for the year 2020 due to Covid - 19 pandemic PDF 2020/4/23
Indonesia Circular Letter SE.11 Year 2020 Contingency plan for seafarers and ship owners/operators due to COVID-19 PDF 2020/3/24
Ireland Marine Notice No. 06 of 2020 Covid-19 (2019-nCoV) – Maritime Declarations of Health PDF 2020/5/8
Marine Notice No. 14 of 2020 Temporary Contingency Planning for Certification of Seafarers – COVID-19 PDF 2020/3/20
Marine Notice No.15 of 2020 Temporary Contingency Planning for the Surveying and Certification of Irish Registered Ships – COVID-19 PDF 2020/3/23
Marine Notice No.16 of 2020 AMENDED 3 APRIL 2020 COVID–19 Maritime Transport Supply Chain PDF 2020/4/3
Marine Notice No. 22 of 2020 Covid-19 Passenger Locator Form PDF 2020/5/26
Isle of Man Technical Advisory Notice 002-20 (Rev.4) COVID-19 Advice to Ship Operators PDF 2020/5/11
Italy - Contingency measures to mitigate the disruption of essential maritime services in the event of COVID-19 pandemic PDF 2020/3/24
- Measures to Address Covid-19 PDF 2020/4/2
Japan - 新型コロナウイルス感染症を受けた国土交通省海事局の措置
Please also refer to “Measures taken towards certificates and inspections of Japanese flagged vessels” at the bottom of this section.
PDF 2020/4/8
Kiribati Marine Circular 49/2020 Ver.18 Coronavirus (COVID-19) PDF 2020/7/6
Marine Circular 50/2020 Ver.2 Extension of Seafarers’ Employment Agreement (SEA) Service Period & Certificates of Endorsement (COE) Due to COVID-19 PDF 2020/4/7
Marine Circular 52/2020 COVID-19 Business Continuity PDF 2020/3/31
Marine Circular 53/2020 Extension of Statutory Certificates, Surveys, Audits & Inspections due to COVID-19 PDF 2020/4/10
Kuwait Circlar No.(5)/2020 Guidance on "Operational considerations for managing COVID-19 cases/outbreak on board ships" PDF 2020/4/9
Circlar No.(6)/2020 Guidance of the ship operators for the protection of the health of the seafarers - Coronavirus (Covid-19) PDF 2020/4/9
Circlar No.(7)/2020 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) PDF 2020/4/9
KSN/MTD Circ.1/2020 Marine Transport Department guidance relating ships/seafarers certificate - extraordinary measures resulting (COVID-19) pandemic PDF 2020/4/1
KSN-MTD Circ.1/2020 (Add.1) Marine Transport Department guidance relating Ships/Seafarers Certifications – Extraordinary measures resulting (COVID-19) pandemic PDF 2020/7/5
Liberia Marine Advisory 04/2020 Novel Coronavirus Guidance PDF 2020/2/1
Marine Advisory 07/2020-2 Guidance to Assist with Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Ship Operations PDF 2020/4/8
Marine Advisory 08/2020 Considerations for managing Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases/outbreak on board ships PDF 2020/3/6
Marine Advisory 10/2020 CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) GUIDANCE – Extended application PDF 2020/3/16
Marine Advisory 11/2020-2 Implementation of IMO Circular Letter No.4204/Add.1: COVID-19 – Implementation and enforcement of relevant IMO instruments PDF 2020/4/22
Marine Advisory 14/2020 Fact Sheet on the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance and Trade to Combat COVID-19 PDF 2020/4/20
Marine Advisory 16/2020 Guidance to Assist Seafarers with Possible Crew Health Concerns due to COVID-19 PDF 2020/4/28
Marine Advisory 17/2020 Guidance on Exception of Goal Based Standard (GBS) Requirements for Newly Constructed Vessels suffering delays due to COVID-19 PDF 2020/4/30
Marine Advisory 21/2020 Guidance to Assist with Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Crew Documentation PDF 2020/6/5
Libya Circular No. 04/2020 Libyan Ports & Maritime Transport Authority Circular No. 04/2020 Regarding Interim Policy on Extension/Postponement of surveys/audits and inspections due to the outbreaks of COVID-19 PDF 2020/4/1
Luxembourg CAM 002/2020 Extraordinary measures related to crew documents and ship certificates in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic PDF 2020/3/20
Malaysia MALAYSIAN SHIPPING NOTICE MSN 02/ 2020 COVID-19: INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL SHIPPING COMPANIES AND SEAFARERS PDF 2020/3/18
MALAYSIAN SHIPPING NOTICE MSN 03/ 2020 COVID-19: INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL SHIPPING COMPANIES AND SEAFARERS (26 MARCH 2020 AMENDMENTS) PDF 2020/3/26
MALAYSIAN SHIPPING NOTICE MSN 07/2020 COVID-19: INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL SHIPPING COMPANIES AND SEAFARERS (10 APRIL 2020 AMENDMENTS) PDF 2020/4/10
MALAYSIA SHIPPING NOTICE MSN 08/2020 EXTENSION THE VALIDITY OF SHIP STATUTORY CERTIFICATES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19) PANDEMIC SITUATION PDF 2020/4/24
MALAYSIA SHIPPING NOTICE MSN 09/2020 RENEWAL OF BOAT LICENCES MECHANISME DUE TO COVID-19 PDF 2020/5/5
MALAYSIAN SHIPPING NOTICE MSN 10/2020 COVID-19: INSTRUCTIONS FOR ALL SHIPPING COMPANIES AND SEAFARERS (SEAFARER DOCUMENTATION - 13 MAY 2020 AMENDMENTS) PDF 2020/5/13
MALAYSIAN SHIPPING NOTICE MSN 11/2020 COVID-19: SEAFARER AFFAIRS INSTRUCTION (15 JUNE 2020 AMENDMENTS) PDF 2020/6/15
Malta Merchant Shipping Notice 157 Precuationary Measures against novel Coronavirus PDF 2020/1/28
Merchant Shipping Notice 158 EXTRAORDINARY MEASURES RESULTING FROM THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC PDF 2020/3/17
Merchant Shipping Notice 160 SUPPORTING MEASURES TO THE MALTESE SHIPPING INDUSTRY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC PDF 2020/4/3
Marshall Islands MARINE SAFETY ADVISORY No.17-20 TEMPORARY ALTERNATIVE INSPECTION PROTOCOLS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE AND RECOVERY PDF 2020/4/16
MARINE SAFETY ADVISORY No. 18-20 COVID-19: EMERGENCY RESCUE OF INJURED AND SICK CREW MEMBERS AT CHINESE PORTS PDF 2020/4/16
MARINE SAFETY ADVISORY No. 21-20 CORONAVIRUS DISEASE UPDATES PDF 2020/5/18
MARINE SAFETY ADVISORY No. 24-20 HANDLING THE VALIDITY OF SHIP CERTIFICATES DUE TO COVID-19 PDF 2020/7/2
MARINE SAFETY ADVISORY No. 25-20 HANDLING ISM, ISPS, AND MLC, 2006 DUE TO THE EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCE OF COVID-19 PDF 2020/7/2
Marine Notice No. 1-004-3 Modifications to Instrument Recordation and Acknowledgement Requirements Pursuant to Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Act, §§103-106, §108, and §203(h), in Response to the Coronavirus Disease Pandemic PDF 2020/3
Marine Guideline No.1-04-1 Guidelines on Modifications to Instrument Recordation and Acknowledgement Requirements Pursuant to Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Act, §§103-106, §108, and §203(h) in Response to COVID19 Pandemic PDF 2020/4
Mauritius MERCHANT SHIPPING NOTICE Ref: 18 of 2020 Vessels and seafarer’s certificates during the Covid-19 Pandemic PDF 2020/6/18
Mexico Circular UNICAPAM COVID – No.004/2020 Aviso al public usuario de la autoridad maritime nacional PDF 2020/3/27
Myanmar Marine Guidance (1/2020) PDF 2020/4/7
Announcement 1/2020 Notice regarding to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) PDF 2020/3/30
The Netherlands - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contingency Plan and Guidelines Revision 1 PDF 2020/4/3
Norway - Technical Note Regarding extension of statutory inspections and issuance/endorsement of statutory certificates due to COVID-19 PDF 2020/3/12
Instructions to Class 2-2020 rev.1 COVID-19 - Extension of certificates and vessel instructions PDF 2020/4/22
Instructions to Class 3-2020 COVID-19 - Verification of safety management systems (ISM) by means of remote audits PDF 2020/3/26
Oman Maritime Circular No.6/Add.1 COVID-19 pandemic - Relaxation measures for ship's statutory survey and certification services PDF 2020/7/6
Pakistan SHIPPING NOTICE NO. 002/2020 CORONAVIRUS (Covid-19) Contingency Plan and Guidelines PDF 2020/3/24
Palau MARINE CIRCULAR 184.1 Rev. 03/2020 DISSEMINATION OF THE IMO GUIDANCE FOR MANAGING COVID-19 CASES ON BOARD SHIPS PDF 2020/3
Marine Circular 185.1 Rev.04/2020 SPECIAL MEASURES CONCERNING THE ISSUING OF AN ENDORSEMENT AND OTHER SEAFARERS’ MARITIME DOCUMENTS PDF 2020/4
Marine Circular 187.1 Rev.03/2020 HANDLING THE VALIDITY OF SHIP CERTIFICATES DUE TO COVID-19 PDF 2020/4
Panama Merchant Marine Notice MMN-02/2020 Coronavirus prevention measures PDF 2020/3
Merchant Marine Notice MMN-03/2020 Coronavirus and Seafarers employment agreement and Certificates PDF 2020/6
Merchant Marine Notice MMN-06/2020 Press Release – Security Level 2 PDF 2020/3
Merchant Marine Notice MMN-07/2020 COVID-19 Request for Postponement- Extension of Statutory Certification & Services PDF 2020/5/22
Merchant Marine Circular MMC-313 VALIDITY OF COLOR COPIES OF ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS PDF 2020/4/1
Panama Canal ADVISORY TO SHIPPING No. A-13-2020 COVID-19 Vessel Precautions PDF 2020/4/3
ADVISORY TO SHIPPING No. A-14-2020 Temporary Procedures for Small Craft Transits during COVID-19 Pandemic PDF 2020/4/7
ADVISORY TO SHIPPING No. A-19-2020 Update on precautions due to Covid-19 PDF 2020/6/5
Philippines MARINA Advisory No.2020-06 Additional precautionary measures to ensure the safety of Filipino seafarers onboard ships engaged in international voyages PDF 2020/2/6
MARINA Advisory No.2020-08 Guidance conerning filipino seafarers onboard vessels affected by restrictions in connection with the 2019-nCoV outbreak PDF 2020/2/11
MARINA Advisory No.2020-09 IMO Circular letters No.4203 and 4204 on Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) PDF 2020/2/11
MARINA ADVISORY No.2020-12 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Circular Letter No. 4204/Add.1 on COVID-19 – Implementation and Enforcement of Relevant IMO Instruments PDF 2020/3/6
MARINA ADVISORY No.2020-13 Extension of Validity of STCW Certificates of Filipino Seafarer Onboard Vessel who are Affected of the Rising Tension in the Middle East and Outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus PDF 2020/3/11
MARINA ADVISORY No.2020-14 Implementing Guidelines in view of the Declaration of Code Red Sublevel Two (2) for the COVID-19 PDF 2020/3/13
MARINA ADVISORY No.2020-15 Joint Statement of the World Health Organization and the International Maritime Organization on the Response to the COVID-19 Outbreak and Guidance on Operational Considerations for Managing the Disease Onboard Ships PDF 2020/3/10
MARINA ADVISORY No.2020-16 Seafarer-related Guidelines in view of the Declaration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the Entire Luzon and Other Areas PDF 2020/3/17
MARINA ADVISORY No.2020-17 Implementing Guidelines In View Of The Declaration Of Enhanced Community Quarantine In Luzon PDF 2020/3/17
MARINA ADVISORY No.2020-19 Guidelines in the Implementation and Control of Domestic Shipping Rates During Public Health Emergency PDF 2020/3/25
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-20 Guidance on the processes at the Domestic Shipping Service (DSS) in view of the Enhanced Community Quarantine PDF 2020/3/25
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-22 Assistance to seafarers affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine PDF 2020/3/26
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-23 Further extension of validity of STCW certificates of Filipino seafarers currently serving onboard seagoing ships amid challenges caused by COVID-19 PDF 2020/4/6
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-24 Shipping Operations Monitoring Form PDF 2020/4/13
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-25 Extension of statutory certificates issued by MARINA and its Recognized Organizations (ROs) as a temporary contingency measure during the COVID-19 pandemic PDF 2020/4/9
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-26 Guidelines for seafarers onboard ships operating in Philippine waters amid challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic PDF 2020/4/14
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-27 Extension of SIRB/SRB validity for the duration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) PDF 2020/4/20
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-29 Guidelines on the Resumption of Operation of Passenger Ships in Areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) PDF 2020/4/30
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-30 Further Extension of Statutory Certification and Services as a Temporary Contingency Measure during the COVID-19 Pandemic PDF 2020/5/5
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-31 Guidelines in the Hearing of Cases during Public Health Emergency PDF 2020/5/7
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-32 Guidelines in the Revalidation of STCW Certificates on Account of COVID-19 PDF 2020/5/11
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-33 Guidelines on the Resumption of Operations of Shipbuilding, Ship Repair, Boatbuilding, Afloat Ship Repair/ Service Contractors, Shipbreaking Entities in Areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) PDF 2020/5/14
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-34 Guidelines on the Compulsory Insurance Coverage for Passengers under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ) PDF 2020/5/14
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-35 Additional Protocols on Minimum Passenger Service Standards under MC 134. 65/65A and MS 2018-18 to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Pandemic PDF 2020/5/14
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-36 Provisional Extension of Validity of Training Course Approval and Accreditation of Assessment Centers during Enhanced Community Quarantine Period due Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Submission of Post-Enhanced Community Quarantine Operation Plan PDF 2020/5/20
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-37 Addendum to MARINA Advisory 2020-32 “Guidelines in the Revalidation of STCW Certificates on Account of COVID-19” PDF 2020/5/20
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-38 Coronavirus (COVID 19) – Personal Protective Equipment under IMO Circular Letter No. 4202/Add. 15 (06 May 2020) PDF 2020/5/22
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-39 Amendment to STCW Advisory No. 2019-08 Extending Further the Deadline to Complete and Pass the Assessment of Competence of Seafarers under STCW Circular Nos. 2014-08 to 2014-13, 2016-13 and 2016-17 (Old System) PDF 2020/5/28
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-40 COVID-19 Related Guide in Establishing Safety Control Measures and Reducing Risk and Ensuring a Safe Shipboard Interface Between Ship and Shore-based Personnel PDF 2020/5/22
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-41 Amendment to STCW Advisory No. 2020-02 on the Guidelines on the Issuance of Unclaimed Certificates of Passing the Theoretical Examination and Practical Assessment for Merchant Marine Officers PDF 2020/6
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-42 Extension of Deadlines for Seafarers with Expiring Theoretical Examination Records PDF 2020/6/11
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-43 Addendum to MARINA Advisory Nos. 2020-26 and 2020-27 on the Provisional Extension of SIRB/SRB Validity for Seafarers Currently Onboard Ships Operating in Both Domestic and Overseas Amid COVID-19 Pandemic PDF 2020/6/5
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-44 Addendum to MARINA Advisory No. 2020-23 on the Extension of Validity of STCW Certificates PDF 2020/6/11
MARINA ADVISORY No. 2020-45 Extension of Passport Validity PDF 2020/6/10
Memorandum Circular SR-2020-02 Rules and Regulations on the Construction of Tank and Installation of Equipment to Collect, Store and Treat Sewage from Ships in Compliance to Annex IV of MARPOL 73/78, as amended PDF 2020/4/23
Portugal - Guidelines for adoption of extraordinary measures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, to all registered owners, registered bareboat charterers, managers and representatives of ships flying the Portuguese flag(REV 1) PDF 2020/3/20
Saudi Arabia Circular No. (01) 2020 Precautions regarding the new coronavirus PDF 2020/2/13
Circular No. (02) 2020 Special Measures Concerning the issuing of an Endorsement Attesting the Recognition of Certificate of Competency and other Seafarer’s Maritime Documents PDF 2020/3/29
Circular No. (03) 2020 Special Measures Concerning the extension of certificates of Saudi Flagged Ships PDF 2020/3/31
Singapore Shipping Circular No. 03 of 2020 Impact of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak on Singapore-registered ships PDF 2020/2/26
Port Marine Circular No.07 of 2020 Extension of precautionary measures to minimise risk of community spread of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Singapore PDF 2020/2/26
Port Marine Circular No.16 of 2020 Marine Declaration of health PDF 2020/3/23
Port Marine Circular 17 of 2020 EXTENSION OF PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO MINIMISE RISK OF COMMUNITY SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) IN SINGAPORE PDF 2020/3/23
Port Marine Circular 18 of 2020 ADVISORY FOR SHORE PERSONNEL AND SHIP CREW VISITING OR WORKING ONBOARD VESSELS ALONGSIDE WHARVES, IN SHIPYARDS AND AT ANCHORAGES PDF 2020/3/23
Port Marine Circular 19 of 2020 CREW CHANGE FOR CARGO SHIPS UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE PORT OF SINGAPORE, TO MINIMISE RISK OF COMMUNITY SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) IN SINGAPORE PDF 2020/3/27
Port Marine Circular 20 of 2020 SUSPENSION OF ACTIVITIES AT WORKPLACE PREMISES IN THE MARITIME PDF 2020/4/3
Port Marine Circular 21 of 2020 TEMPORARY PROHIBITION OF PLEASURE CRAFT MOVEMENT IN THE PORT OF SINGAPORE PDF 2020/4/7
Port Marine Circular 22 of 2020 ELEVATED SAFE DISTANCING MEASURES FOR PASSENGER CARRYING HARBOUR CRAFT PDF 2020/4/16
Port Marine Circular 23 of 2020 COVID-19 (TEMPORARY MEASURES) (CONTROL ORDER) REGULATIONS 2020 PDF 2020/4/16
Port Marine Circular No.26 of 2020 ENHANCEMENT TO CREW CHANGE FOR CARGO SHIPS UNDER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES IN THE PORT OF SINGAPORE, TO MINIMISE RISK OF COMMUNITY SPREAD OF THE CORONOVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) IN SINGAPORE PDF 2020/5/22
Port Marine Circular 27 of 2020 UPDATED REQUIREMENTS FOR CREW CHANGE FOR CARGO SHIPS IN THE PORT OF SINGAPORE, TO MINIMISE RISK OF COMMUNITY SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) IN SINGAPORE (SUPPLEMENTARY TO PMC NO.26 OF 2020) PDF 2020/6/18
Port Marine Circular 28 of 2020 PLEASURE CRAFT MOVEMENTS IN THE PORT OF SINGAPORE DURING PHASE TWO OF POST-CIRCUIT BREAKER PDF 2020/6/18
Sri Lanka MSN 02/2020 Guidance relating to the ships’ statutory certificates, certification of seafarers and contract of employment of Seafarers - Extraordina PDF 2020/3/22
St. Kitts and Nevis Maritime Circular No. MC/92/20 MEASURES TAKEN AS A RESULT OF COVID-19 PDF 2020/4/30
St. Vincent and the Grenadines CIRCULAR N° GEN 025 Rev.3 COVID-19, ADVICE FROM MARITIME ADMNISTRATION PDF 2020/6/18
Thailand Marine Department Announcement No. 56/2563 Facilitating people and protect their interests or to prevent them from violating laws according to the Declaration of an Emergency Situation in all areas of the Kingdom of Thailand PDF 2020/3/26
No.0322/1467 Extension of statutory supervision and issuance/endorsement of statutory certificates due to COVID-19 for international voyage vessels flying Thai Flag PDF 2020/4/2
Turkey DISTRIBUTION PLACES No. 80368960-105.99-E.20382 Difficulties which may be encountered due to Coronavirus ( Covid-19) PDF 2020/3/30
DISTRIBUTION PLACES No.80368960-105.01.02-E.23156 Certification issues PDF 2020/4/6
DISTRIBUTION PLACES No.80368960-105.01.02-E.23518 ( Certification issues ) Measures due to Coronavirus PDF 2020/4/9
DISTRIBUTION PLACES No. 80368960-165.99-E.31822 Survey and Certification Process PDF 2020/6/15
Tuvalu Marine Circular MC-1/2020/1 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC (COVID-19) PDF 2020/4
Marine Circular MC-2/2020/1 EXTENSION OF SEAFARERS’ EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT SERVICE PERIOD AND CERTIFICATES OF ENDORSEMENT DUE TO COVID-19 PDF 2020/4
Marine Circular MC-3/2020/1 COVID-19 Business Continuity Notice PDF 2020/3
Marine Circular MC-4/2020/1 MANAGING STATUTORY SURVEYS & CERTIFICATES, ISM, ISPS, MLC 2006 AND FSI DURING COVID-19 PDF 2020/4
UK MARINE INFORMATION NOTE MIN 611 Guidance and Information To Follow In The Event of COVID-19 Outbreak Impacting UK Seafarer Services PDF 2020/3
MARINE INFORMATION NOTE MIN 612 (M+F) Amendment 3 Coronavirus (COVID-19) - MCA approach to survey and certification of UK vessels PDF 2020/6
MARINE INFORMATION NOTE MIN 612 (M+F) Amendment 4 Coronavirus (COVID-19) - MCA approach to survey and certification of UK vessels PDF 2020/7
MARINE INFORMATION NOTE MIN 615 (M) The Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) Fund During the COVID-19 Period PDF 2020/4/9
MARINE INFORMATION NOTE MIN 616 (M) COVID 19 - Guidance on minimising risk to ships' crews and other maritime sector workers PDF 2020/4
MARINE INFORMATION NOTE MIN 622 (M+F) Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Use of alternative measures for the completion of surveys on internationally trading UK registered ships. PDF 2020/7
MARINE INFORMATION NOTE MIN 623 (M+F) Coronavirus (COVID-19) - MCA approach to a phased return to survey and certification activity. PDF 2020/7
- CORONAVIRUS Contingency Plan and Guidelines for Seafarers Ver.1 -The MCAs response and Advice to Industry on Areas of Operation which may be affected. PDF 2020/3
USA Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-20 (Change 5) Novel Coronavirus – Update (Change 5) PDF 2020/5/27
Marine Safety Information Bulletin 06-20 Vessel Reporting Requirements for Illness or Death PDF 2020/3/13
Marine Safety Information Bulletin 07-20 (Change 2) COVID 19 – Port and Facility Operations - Change 2 PDF 2020/5/7
Marine Safety Information Bulletin 08-20 (Change 1) COVID-19 – Mariner Credentials PDF 2020/3/30
Marine Safety Information Bulletin 09-20 Vessel Inspections, Exams, and Documentation PDF 2020/3/26
Marine Safety Information Bulletin 10-20 COVID-19 – Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements PDF 2020/3/27
Marine Safety Information Bulletin 11-20 Maintaining Maritime Commerce and Identification of Essential Maritime Critical Infrastructure Workers PDF 2020/3/27
Marine Safety Information Bulletin 12-20 COVID-19 – Vessel and Facility Response Plans PDF 2020/4/2
Marine Safety Information Bulletin 13-20 COVID 19 – Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) Operations PDF 2020/4/3
Marine Safety Information Bulletin 14-20 COVID-19: Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extensions PDF 2020/4/9
Marine Safety Information Bulletin 17-20 On-Water Mass Gatherings – Recreational, Sporting, or Cause-Related Events PDF 2020/6/3
Vanuatu - COVID-19 PDF 2020/4
Vietnam Ref. No. 11/TB The extension of the ship's existing statutory certificates and the extension or postponement of the surveys, audits or inspections for Vietnamese flagged ships in situations of force majeure due to COVID-19 pandemic PDF 2020/4/9

For any inquiries relating to flag state information in general, please contact the following department. Regarding the matter on specific ship or company, please contact the nearest ClassNK office or Survey Dept./Ship Management System Dept. as above.

Head Office External Affairs Department
Email : xad@classnk.or.jp
Tel. : +81-3-5226-2038

Measures taken towards certificates and inspections of Japanese flag vessels

For extension applications / inquiries concerning certificates and inspections of Japanese flag vessels which expire by 1 August 2020, please contact:

Statutory/Classification surveys and certificates: Survey Department (svd@classnk.or.jp)
ISM/ISPS audits and certificates: Ship Management Systems Department (smd@classnk.or.jp)

For extension applications / inquiries concerning MLC certificates and inspections of Japanese flag vessels which expire in the forthcoming months, please contact:

Ship Management Systems Department (smd@classnk.or.jp)