China signals further relaxation of crew change restrictions

Shanghai - China’s top-level administrative body has sent a signal that the country is to further relax a crew change ban at its ports after Shanghai’s easing policy

Shanghai - China’s top-level administrative body has sent a signal that the country is to further relax a crew change ban at its ports after Shanghai’s easing policy.

Officials at a State Council press conference said that the government was targeting about 10,000 Chinese crew members whose service agreements or contracts will expire by end-May and are due for shore leave: “How to do the virus-control work well for the entry of these seafarers is one of our key tasks right now,” said China Maritime Safety Administration deputy director Yang Xinzhai, who was invited to speak to the press.

The remarks came after the country’s transport ministry, which oversees the CMSA, said last week that it would co-ordinate an effort with all relevant parties to solve the issue in an ad hoc approach.

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