15 April 2020

COVID-19: What the media is saying today



PUBLISHED ON 15/04/2020

Crew Changes

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Governments urged to back collective crew change plan

An alliance of maritime companies concerned about seafarer welfare and the viability of ocean supply chains in the midst of coronavirus restrictions has developed detailed crew changeover risk assessment plans. However, it needs urgent political and regulatory support to enact them.


Stressed crews close to breaking point, says Wallem boss

Wallem Group chief executive Frank Coles warns that shipping’s crew change crisis is putting some seafarers under so much stress that they are close to breaking point. The Hong Kong shipmanager has already seen danger signs as stress and anger mount among crew who cannot get home because of international travel restrictions to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Shipping Industry Developments

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From the News Desk: Will coronavirus accelerate the use of tech in shipping?

Remote inspections have already seen a strong rise in use, but port congestion shows people are vital on the ground. Adopting new working practices and initiatives, which could have taken years to implement under usual circumstances, could now become the norm much sooner for shipping


Singapore to extend ‘expiring’ STCW certificates by six months

Singapore has become the latest flag state to take a “pragmatic and practical approach” regarding seafarer certification due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said all certificates issued under Chapter VI of the STCW expiring between by 1 October 2020 may be extended for a period of six months. The MPA said each affected seafarer will need to complete a declaration form to request the extension of their certificates.

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Shipping’s return to ‘normality’ is no longer on offer

Shipping companies hoping to get back to business as it was in 2019 are in danger of being overtaken by events. They should be responding to the signals of economic change. A position paper by Boston Consulting Group’s strategy institute identifies six key attributes of successful companies in the post-coronavirus period. Seeking the old normal is not one of them.

Other updates on COVID-19

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Niarchos foundation launches $100m global pandemic initiative

Organisation established in the name of legendary Greek owner becomes latest maritime name to step up with substantial grant and variety of disease-related projects. Among the first steps is a $3m grant to the Rockefeller University to bolster its Covid-19 related research projects

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Great Lockdown set to be worst recession since the Great Depression: IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned the recession sparked by the coronavirus is on track to be the worst since the Great Depression, far worse than the global financial crisis 12 years ago.


Stena offers ropax ferry for conversion to hospital ship

Stena has offered to convert a ropax ferry into a hospital ship to be used to provide “additional healthcare capacity” in a corona-affected region. The Swedish shipowner said the Stena Saga (built 1981) could be converted “within just a few weeks” and could offer space for up to 520 patients.


China’s LNG March imports up as coronavirus crisis eases

Imports from Qatar were chopped by more than 50% as Qatar Petroleum agrees with Chinese buyers to delay or reschedule shipment


·       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

·       Seatrade Maritime Awards Asia dinner 2020: CANCELLED

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