14 April 2020

COVID-19: What the media is saying today



PUBLISHED ON 14/04/2020

Shipping Industry Developments

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Seafarers demand greater levels of personal protective equipment both for themselves and workers they come into contact with in daily operations

Seafarers have been in touch with the charity Human Rights at Sea (HRAS) calling for greater levels of personal protective equipment (PPE) including face masks and gloves to be made more widely available, not just for themselves, but for those maritime workers who come onboard their vessels including surveyors, agents, pilots and stevedores.


Cruise industry begins mass repatriation of crews back to Asia

Several cruise majors have begun to use their own cruiseships to repatriate non-essential crew stranded on board idled vessels. Sources with knowledge on the repatriation plan say that only crews from ships that have had no recorded cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus are being transported.


Financial Times

Hard-hit European countries extend lockdowns but plan reopenings

Leaders of Europe’s hardest-hit countries have vowed to keep lockdown orders in place but began outlining plans to reopen their economies amid signs they had overcome the worst of the coronavirus outbreak.

Other updates on COVID-19

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Offshore drillers face up to $3bn of contract cancellations

A report by Rystad Energy says that the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and oil price war have ravaged global energy markets, and estimates that offshore drillers could see up to 10% of their contract volumes cancelled in 2020 and 2021, representing a total loss of revenue of about $3bn.


US ports have ‘ample capacity’ amid Covid-19 disruption

US ports say they have plenty of space for containers during the Covid-19 pandemic, despite media reports suggesting that boxes are stacking up dockside due to supply-chain disruptions.


·       NAVEXPO: POSTPONED to 17 Jun – 19 Jun 2020

·       CMA Shipping : POSTPONED to 29 Jun – 1 Jul 2020

·       Marine Money Hong Kong: POSTPONED to 3 Sep 2020

·       Asia Pacific Maritime: POSTPONED to 30 Sep – 2 Oct 2020

·       Posidonia: POSTPONED to 26 Oct – 30 Oct 2020

·       Singapore Maritime Technology Conference: POSTPONED to 21 – 23 Apr 2021

·       TOC Asia: POSTPONED to 20 – 21 Apr 2021

·       Singapore Maritime Week: POSTPONED. TBA

·       Intertanko Annual Tanker Event: POSTPONED. TBA

·       Seatrade Cruise Global: POSTPONED to 12 – 15 April 2021

·       Offshore Technology Conference: CANCELLED

·       ITS 2020: CANCELLED

·       TPM20: CANCELLED

·       Sea Japan: CANCELLED


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