Message and Solutions from IMR CLASS on COVID-19

DATE ON : May 23, 2020

To all our valued customers and partners,


International Maritime Register, Inc ( IMR CLASS) continues to follow the expert advice of the World Health Organization and local national medical Authorities (MINSA) on COVID-19.  We are aware of the ongoing challenges being faced by the entire shipping sector due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

IMR CLASS wishes to reiterate its commitment to upholding its responsibilities and duties as one of the RO acting on behalf of Panama Maritime Authority as we monitor developments and take into account all international and shipping industry guidance on this issue.

We will work with all our shipping industry partners , agents and surveyors to offer support, provide guidance and consider solutions for our clients and shipowenrs , their seafarers affected by COVID-19.

In addition to direct issues resulting from crew or passengers being taken ill, we are aware of the possible impact to statutory surveys, audits and inspections. The IMR CLASS has issued Technical note to provide advice and general guidance on actions to be taken in the case of extension of Seafarer Employment Agreements



and/or postponement of statutory surveys, audits and/or inspections:



Further specific advice and contact on individual cases can be obtained from IMR CLASS website as below contacts:

  • For ship registration related issues, contact IMR LEGAL Rep.

  • For surveys, audits and inspections issues, contact the Inspections & Surveys Department:


  • For seafarer related issues, contact the Seafarers & Manning Department:



IMR CLASS requests that the technical Department is immediately reported or advised of all suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 onboard, or due to attendance onboard to the Panama ships who enrolled our IMR CLASS and we will immediately report the Flag state and if any circumstances , the ship owner can also directly send the email to the flag state as well .

As we continue to ensure the priorities of the health and safety above all, there has never been a more critical time for the shipping industry to come together to demonstrate its resilience in the face of adversity. In this dynamic and evolving situation we thank you for your patience and we remain available to assist and support you in this un-precedent and challenging time.





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