December 27, 2021 | Circular No. 11377

Dear Member,

Please be advised that Transport Canada has a new Ship Safety Bulletin on seafarer mobility to reflect the significant increase in the number of recorded cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant across Canada.  A link to the new bulletin, which replaces SSB 19/2021, can be found HERE.

Key elements of the new bulletin include the following:

  • Shore leave should only be extended to asymptomatic, presumed non-COVID-19 carrying, fully vaccinated, crew members and should not exceed four hours in length per interval; and the seafarer should follow the advice of their employer, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and local health officials;
  • Crew members are expected to inform the Master of the vessel of their whereabouts in order to support possible COVID-19 contact tracing;
  • Unvaccinated crew members should only be extended shore leave to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine.

Transport Canada has indicated that these measures are temporary and will be reassessed on January 10, 2022.

Best regards,

Karen Kancens
Vice President