On 5 October, the IMO issued a revised version of the Recommended Framework of Protocols originally issued on 5 May 2020, dealing with the safety of ship crew changes and travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. A full version of the updated Framework can be found here.
This revised version emphasises the need for compliance and strict adherence with COVID-19 testing and quarantining requirements. This reflects the fact that these requirements are now a reality in many jurisdictions.
The changes also underline the importance of seafarers not starting or continuing to travel if they feel unwell or believe that they have COVID-19 symptoms.
Some additional recommendations have also been added to help in preventing infection on board when seafarers join their vessel.