A lifeline extended for crew changes
Border restrictions lifted for sea crew
SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa took official steps on Friday to help alleviate the crew change crisis by opening the country’s borders to sea crew for the purposes of foreign crew changes.
The announcement was published in the Government Gazette No 43577 on 31 July and amends regulation 41 of the Disaster Management Regulations that had previously closed the country’s borders almost entirely. Now Section 5 c notes that the borders will remain closed except for ports of entry designated by the Cabinet member responsible for home affairs for “foreign sea crew for the purposes of exchange of sea crew in the Republic”.
According to an email containing the Gazette sent by Tsepiso Taona-Mashiloane, Director Maritime Industry Development and Economic Regulation, the lifting of the restriction came into effect on 1 August.
“It is a part win for maritime as we await full opening of our international airports. In the meantime, chartered flights and scheduled repatriation flights as made available through diplomatic channels are recommended for ease of travel,” she noted.