Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice to seafarers

I want to bring this guidance to the attention of all students in the maritime industry and especially those at sea. Oral examinations have been badly affected due to the UK requirements to prevent the spread of this virus. Do not book travel until you have confirmed oral appointments, which will not happen for some months (written March 2020)

From the ICT (International Chamber of Shipping) –

Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers

From the IMO – 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance relating to the certification of seafarers

The last one should not be taken as a blanket excuse for non compliance and I am sure that each case of overdue verifications will be taken on their individual merits.

P.S. Look after the mental health of your colleagues during this crisis. Do not let them become isolated. Consider Skype or FaceTime chats each day. This is a good time to study though!