Crew Change Update

COVID-19 measures in force in Croatian ports and shipyards:

  • The vessels need to comply with the usual pre-arrival formalities/requests advised by the appointed agent.
  • The crew must remain on board during the vessel’s stay in the port or the shipyard.
  • The authorities will board the ship for entry/exit formalities.
  • The contact with the ship will be kept to a minimum.
  • Immigration approval must be received in advance.
    The crew change is allowed for the crew from the EU and Schengen zone. The crew from other countries with the valid Schengen multiple entry visa are only allowed to transit and leave Croatia within 12 hours. The hotel accommodation for non-EU citizens is not allowed. The entrance into the next country for off signers must be approved as well.
  • Obtaining of a Croatian transit visa for off signers is subject to immigration approval. For joiners, VOA is not obtainable.
  • The agent needs to receive in advance the following scans of crew members scheduled for the crew change:
    – Passport
    – Seaman’s book
    – Arrival and departure flight details
  • The on signers must have a document showing the reason for entering Croatia or the agency LOI. The document must be shown to the immigration officer if requested.
  • The crew who embarked from COVID-19 high-risk countries must remain on board 14 days from the day of embarkation.
  • Shore leave is not permitted.
  • General recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health should be followed

Croatia COVID-19 Crew Change Regulation

The crew members under the Croatian visa regime, and without a valid Schengen multiple entry visa, we need to approach to immigration authorities requesting a Croatian transit visa. The issuing process may take 3-5 working days.

Crew change for the foreign crew members which are not under the Croatian visa regime or holding a valid Schengen multiple entry visa is allowed under the following conditions:

– The crew change must be completed within 1-2 days.
– Hotel accommodation can be used for overnight stay if the convenient flights are not available.

The documents required in advance for the on/off signers:
– The crew passports and seamen books scans.
– E-tickets.

For the on signers:
– Besides the passport and seaman’s book, the immigration at the arrival airport will request the company letter showing the joiner’e embarkation details.

For the off signers:
– Passports, seaman’s books scans and E-tickets.

Store/spare delivery
No restrictions.

Technicians
The same measures apply as for the crew change.

Other useful information Reporting requirements for the vessels calling Croatia:

1. In addition to the standard reporting requirements before a ship’s arrival, the ship’s master via agent shall communicate to the Croatian Maritime Administration and Sanitary Inspection a list of persons on board containing information on dates and ports of embarkation (refer to the form requested above).

2. National VTS service is monitoring movements of all ships on international voyages and if entering Croatian sea waters is contacting them on VHF and also informing national services.

3. In case of suspected infection of persons on board the ship shall be denied entry into port until the sanitary inspectors have identified the health status of persons on board the ship.

4. If an infection is confirmed the ship shall be denied entry into port and the infected person shall receive specific medical treatment following a specified protocol.

5. If the ship departs before laboratory results are obtained the Master and the next port of call shall be given a notification of the patient’s condition and eventual confirmation of infection.

6. In case the laboratory test confirms the infection before ship departure, the patient shall be disembarked and hospitalized subject to the recommended safeguards by medical personnel and advance notice of the patient’s transport will be given to the appropriate hospital.

7. The crew must stay on board during the vessel’s stay in Croatia.

 

Covid-19 Measures in Croatian Ports

Date, 15.04.2020

Croatia is acting following the EU Healthy Gateways advice.

Reporting requirements:

1. In addition to the standard reporting requirements before a ship’s arrival, the ship’s master via agent shall communicate to the Croatian Maritime Administration and Sanitary Inspection a list of persons on board containing information on dates and ports of embarkation (refer to the form requested above).

2. National VTS service is monitoring movements of all ships on international voyages and if entering Croatian sea waters is contacting them on VHF and also informing national services.

3. In case of suspected infection of persons on board the ship shall be denied entry into port until the sanitary inspectors have identified the health status of persons on board the ship.

4. If an infection is confirmed the ship shall be denied entry into port and the infected person shall receive specific medical treatment following a specified protocol.

5. If the ship departs before laboratory results are obtained the master and the next port of call shall be given a notification of the patient’s condition and eventual confirmation of infection.

6. In case the laboratory test confirms the infection before ship departure, the patient shall be disembarked and hospitalized subject to the recommended safeguards by medical personnel and advance notice of the patient’s transport will be given to the appropriate hospital.

For further information, please feel free to contact us.

Government decision for the ships entering Croatia

It is prohibited for ships in international navigation that have the obligation of self-isolation or quarantine to enter in any of the ports in the Republic of Croatia.

The exceptions to this decision are:

– all ships of Croatian nationality
– all ships sailing in the Republic of Croatia for the transport of goods
– passenger ships without passengers arriving in the Republic of Croatia for lay up
– all ships entering the shipyards for repair

This decision is valid until 19.04.2020.

Peljesac Bridge Project in Ploce

Mv Zhen Hua 7 arrived in Ploce on 25.12.2018 with equipment for building the Peljesac Bridge.

“Ship about 240 meters long. There are four smaller ships on it for construction. One of them is the largest drilling rig in the world, “said Zhang Dong, representative of CRBC.

” We also have two test pilots. One is 130 meters long. This is the longest in the world. We have another fifteen ships that will arrive on the construction site by the February, “Dong adds.

At the end of January, he claims that the works will begin. ” About 300 workers will work on the construction of the bridge.

” The customs office has approved the temporary importation of the equipment and in the process is the submission of a customs declaration ‘, explains Nikola Batinović, the customs officer.

Before working on the foundations of the bridge will be carried nailing test pilots where it will be tested the adequacy of selected equipment and verify all procedures provided for in the embodiment of the main works on the foundation, said the Croatian roads representative.

Work on ramming test pilots are expected in the second half of January 2019, work on the construction of the foundation of the bridge is expected immediately after the completion of the test pilots.

The inhabitants of southern Croatia will have to wait until the first run through the Peljesac Bridge till 2021.