According to a BIMCO report, the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) will continue to extend the Seafarer’s Employment Agreement (SEA) until 14 September 2020.
Thereafter, the provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC,2006) as incorporated into the national legislation will have to be complied with.
Cessation of Extensions
The PMA has revised MN 03/2020 issuing version 3 making a clear stand, a date of cessation to the grant of extension to the SEAs initially done to take into account of the COVID-19 restrictions imposed worldwide making crew changes in particular repatriation of seafarers, a challenging operation.
As per revised 6.1 of the said PMA Notice, the extension will be granted until 14 September 2020. Seafarers that are subject to these extensions shall be repatriated as a prescribed Standard A188.8.131.52(b) of the MLC 2006.