The Maritime Administration of St. Kitts & Nevis, vide attached Maritime Circular No. MC/92/20 has adopted following interim measures with respect to ship’s statutory certification and the seafarers certificates in view of outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic.
a. Extension of Seafarer Certificates:
Seafarers in possession of a Certificate of Competency (CoC) that is due to expire should attempt to seek an extension of that CoC from the issuing nation. Upon receipt of an extended CoC, the Administration will issue a new Certificate of Endorsement for the extended period.
Seafarers in possession of a St Kitts & Nevis issued Certificate of Processing an Endorsement that will expire before the verification of the CoC can be achieved, as a result of the aforementioned Pandemic, a new Certificate of Processing an Endorsement can be requested and same will be issued by the Administration.
b. Extension to Statutory Certification, changes to audits & surveys:
In cases whereby a vessel is not able to be submitted for Surveys, the Administration can look favourably upon an extension to the survey window and/or Short Term certificate issuance subject to the R/O maintaining the vessels Class during this period.
Some R/O’s have already requested permission to carry out remote surveys and upon application to the Administration with its procedural documents, this can be considered.
Ship owners/ operators and masters of St. Kitts & Nevis flagged ships are advised to be guided by above.
This Technical Circular and the material contained in it is provided only for the purpose of supplying current information to the reader and not as an advice to be relied upon by any person. While we have taken utmost care to be as factual as possible, readers/ users are advised to verify the exact text and content of the Regulation from the original source/ issuing Authority.