Press Release: UK Club launches Global Crew Change Advice manual

The UK P&I Club, a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community, has launched ‘Global Crew Change Advice’, a comprehensive manual that outlines current challenges and issues regarding crew changes in ports throughout the world. An A-Z compendium of global ports, from Albania to Yemen, it is thought no other Club has such an exhaustive document.

The UK Club worked with over 200 of its correspondents global network to produce the easy to navigate 130 page document, which is structured to answer four basic questions. For example, in Kuwait, the questions and answers are as follows:

  • Q: Are routine crew changes permitted in your port?
    A:
    As of now, crew changes are temporarily halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the commercial ports of Shuwaikh and Shuaiba. However, sign off is permitted at KPC terminals Mina Al Ahmadi and Mina Abdullah.

  • Q: If crew changes are allowed, are there any restrictions in doing so?  (e.g. mandatory Covid-19 tests or quarantine requirements.
    A: The crew will be taken directly from the ship to the airport. No tests are conducted and there is no quarantine period.

  • Q: Are crewmembers who are either sick or injured permitted to be disembarked in your port?
    A: Yes, subject to approval by Ministry of Health and Ministry of Interior.

  • Q: If crewmembers are allowed to disembark, are there any restrictions in doing so? (e.g. mandatory Covid-19 tests or quarantine requirements)
    A:  Disembarking is subject to mandatory Covid-19 tests, and there is also a 14 days quarantine period.

Andrew Taylor, Chief Executive, UK P&I Club, said: “Constantly shifting global and regional restrictions during the pandemic can play havoc with logistics and planning. Our Global Crew Change Advice manual is an important document for Members and we believe this is the most comprehensive A-Z index of how ports around the world deal with crew changes in the current pandemic environment. The document will be updated regularly when the situation changes and the Club hopes Members will find it invaluable when liaising with charterers and local agents for planning crew changes.

For enquiries regarding the Global Crew Change Advice manual, please contact Neil Beckwith, UK P&I Club Correspondents Manager at neil.beckwith@thomasmiller.com.

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For further details, please contact:

Jon Atkins/ Alastair Doyle - Four Communications

UKP&I@fourcommunications.com / +44 (0) 20 3697 4200

Notes to Editors

The UK P&I Club is a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community. Established in 1869 the UK P&I Club insures over 244 million tonnes of owned and chartered shipping through its international offices and claims network. ‘A (Negative)’ rated by Standard & Poor’s with free reserves of $559m, the UK P&I Club is renowned for its specialist skills and expertise which ensure ‘best in class’ underwriting, claims handling and loss prevention services.

The UK P&I Club is managed by Thomas Miller, an independent and international insurance, professional and investment services provider.

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About Thomas Miller

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Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Increasingly Thomas Miller applies its knowledge and expertise to the development of specialist businesses.

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Date04/12/2020