Crew change sham exposed

Singapore and next to join, Hong Kong, are already hailed for their crew change policy, allowing crew changes on board of the ships calling these ports. The whole procedure, judging from first crew change event which occurred recently in Singapore, seems to be highly complicated and humiliating for seamen. See
But final procedures in Singapore are just the top of the iceberg. The beginning of crew-change operation (resembling preparations for a space flight, to Moon or to Mars), the starting stages to be carried out in countries of crew departure, are, in practice, full of fraud and fake and falsifications, for just one but very sound reason – Guidelines requirements can’t be met, both practically and theoretically. 14-days self-isolation is a fake – show me anyone who’d obligingly lock himself at home for 14 days, before boarding a ship, where he’ll be in a practical lockdown for months. Such a person, be he found, should be recognized as mentally ill and unfit for a job at sea. All the required medical certificates and especially, their timing, can’t be obtained in real life, so there’s only one way to obtain them – to pay to already existing and thriving service providers, and get a set of all required certificates. There are several reasons, why all the tests and certificates can’t be carried out and obtained, in accordance with Guidelines, among them lack of tests fitting into required timeline (total lack, absolute lack); big time laps between actual time of departure for Singapore/HK, and time of leaving home – the trip between homeland and country of final departure may take days, and quite often (Eastern Europe), such a trip is barely legal, people having to use gray-zone ways and transportation. I’ve got a price-list for all the required “medical” documents with pre-calculated dating and timing, filled in well in advance, or left vacant to be filled in later. Price tag is quite impressive.
The whole scheme is a sham, in its’ factual essence. No wonder. If global “pandemic” is a hoax, why all the “preventive procedures” should be anything else? Here’s the most important question, to my understanding of the situation: when countries start to open up for foreigners and foreign flights, will the SGCCWG Guidelines and IMO 12-step Protocols remain in force, being applicable to seamen only?
Migrants have nothing to worry about, and nothing to fear, no papers, certificates or tests are required. BLM thugs, looters, troublemakers and idiots, also have nothing to worry about, nobody is going to apply to them Guidelines or Protocols or whatever. They’re free to roam around, destroying the civilization. And only seamen and others, those who work, who produce, who cultivate and create, feeding all world’s scum, have to obey the rules of the hoax “threats” and “pandemics”.

Here’s the list of all those, who participated in Guidelines and Protocols development, for all seamen’ knowledge, so that they will remember, whom to thank for the above:
The Maritime & Port Authority (MPA), The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) and The Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union (SMOU), in cooperation with the International Maritime Employers’ Council Ltd (IMEC) and The World Shipping Council (WSC) have formed the Singapore Crew Change Working Group (SGCCWG) to facilitate crew changes in Singapore.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has circulated a 12-step ‘road map’ to facilitate crew changeovers. Protocols proposed in the roadmap clearly set out the responsibility of governments, shipowners, transport providers, and seafarers.
Protocols were jointly developed by the global associations; ICS, the International Transport Workers’ Federation, BIMCO, the International Association of Ports and Harbors, INTERCARGO, INTERFERRY, InterManager, INTERTANKO, and others, with input from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Labour Organisation, and World Health Organisation, along with ICS national shipowner associations and ITF-affiliated seafarers’ unions.
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Some of the requirements:
7. Crew shall take his/her temperature twice daily and keep a record – fill in the attached temperature checklist
8. Crew shall remain healthy throughout the 14-days SHN period.
9. Crew shall provide a declaration that he/she has complied with the above and provide the temperature records for verification. (free form)
10. Submission of COVID test result less than 48 hours before departing home country;
11. Submission of Fit-To-Travel medical certificate issued by recognised doctor certifying crew is asymptomatic 24 hours before departing home country;
12. Submission of E-ticket for Flight or Ferry;
13. The crew shall wear mask at all times;
14. The crew shall be directly transferred from the from the airport to the vessel. There shall be no detours or stopovers in the journey to the vessel;
15. The crew shall disembark the plane according to airplane and airport protocols and proceed directly to the Immigration Duty Officers’ counter for on-signing immigration formalities and filling up of Health Declaration Card.
16. The crew shall not loiter in the airport and shall be escorted by the person-in-charge (PIC) appointed by the owner/agent/operator throughout the direct transfer from airport to vessel;*
* The dog shall not be allowed to loiter without collar, leash and muzzle? (V.M.)
17. The PIC as designated in the letter of undertaking (LOU) shall arrive at the airport in advance of the ETA and put up a placard displaying ships name and a list the on-signing crew;
18. The vessel shall not depart Singapore until all on-signing crew have signed-on the vessel; and
19. MPA shall be informed immediately should there be an issue in achieving the direct transfer of the crew; and
20. There is no need for the sign-on crew to submit the electronic Health Declaration Card (eHDC) via SGAC prior to their arrival to Singapore. The sign on crew will be required to fill up a paper HDC at ICA arrival Duty officer counter.

Voytenko Mikhail
June 12, 2020



My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.