Transport Canada has issued Ship Safety Bulletin 28/2020 Mobility of Asymptomatic, Presumed Non-COVID-19-Carying Seafarers in the Marine Sector during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The latest Ship Safety Bulletin (SSB) provides further guidance on the movement of “asymptomatic” seafarers under the Government of Canada’s current Orders in Council during the pandemic and specifically addresses restrictions on crew changes, shore leave and exemptions from quarantine requirements for workers in the marine sector.
Shore leave for asymptomatic seafarers is permitted, provided that “controlled shore leave” is restricted to the following locations only:
- A shore-based welfare facility located either on marine facility grounds or in a nearby location;
- A designated area on marine facility grounds if such an area has been identified for that purpose;
- A medical facility, a pharmacy or a store containing a pharmacy.
This Ship Safety Bulletin replaces No.18/2020 issued on June 30, 2020.