Two Thai-owned bulk carriers changed part of their crews in Thailand on Koh Si Chang Anchorage between May 21 and May 23. 25 crew in total, including 17 from THOR BRAVE, and 8 from CHAYANEE NAREE, were changed. THOR BRAVE arrived from Banjarmasin Indonesia, CHAYANEE NAREE arrived from western Sakhalin coal ports, Russia.
All relieved seamen were treated in full accordance with “health” protocols, all have to undergo 14-days quarantine.
Foreign crew changes still not available in Thailand, all inbound flights banned until end of June. The exceptions are state or military aircraft, emergency or technical landing, humanitarian aid, medicine and relief flights, repatriation and cargo aircraft. Not clear if chartered planes with replacement crew may be allowed, and if allowed, on what terms and conditions. Most probably, it is not possible. Inbound flights ban may be lifted earlier than June 30, and in any case, all the “new normal” requirements will be made public prior to ban lift, to assess possibility and feasibility of foreign crew change in Thai ports.
Ship’s agent must submit following document to port authorities at least 24 Hours before vessel arrival:
• Information of Conveyance Arriving In Thailand ( T.1),
• Maritime Information of Health (T.2),
• Maritime Declaration of Health (T.3),
• Last ten port of call,
• Questionnaire for Dangerous Communicable diseases screening,
• Crew list,
• Body temperature (for all crew&passenger record at least 7 days)
• Any others document that have request by Quarantine officer
While docked at Thai port, Master must provide the following:
• Cleaning vessel every day with proper tools and chemical
• Alcohol or Hand cleansing Gel
• All crew onboard must ware mask at all time
• Provide whenever possible, safe distance between people on board of 1 meter at least
Shore leaves aren’t allowed. There’s a nationwide curfew, with all but essential workers and services, having to stay at home, from 11 p.m. until 04 a.m. Expectedly, curfew will be shortened starting May end or early June, from 0000 a.m. until 0400 a.m.
For the majority of Thai seamen, crew change has become more complicated, but still possible, because they’re working on Thai-flagged or owned ships. The same can be said of any other nation, exploiting uninational crews on nation-flagged or owned by nation’s companies, ships. If “pandemic” show is to continue, ship owners and crew management companies will be in preferable position, by mustering uninational crews.
Bulk carrier THOR BRAVE, IMO 9474797, dwt 53000, flag Singapore, manager THORESEN SHIPPING SNG PTE LTD.
Bulk carrier CHAYANEE NAREE, IMO 9613434, dwt 57000, built 2012, flag Singapore, manager PRECIOUS SHIPPING PCL, Bangkok.