16 April 2020

COVID-19: What the media is saying today



PUBLISHED ON 16/04/2020

Crew Changes

Seatrade Maritime News

Shipping and aviation join forces on crew change crisis

In the latest move to get crew changes happening again the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has joined forces with the International Air Transport Association (IATA). With an estimated 100,000 crew monthly unable to be changed over due to COVID-19 restrictions at ports worldwide there is a growing crisis of seafarers whose contracts are up but unable to the leave the vessel and return home.


Gibraltar answers call to relax crew change criteria

British territory’s move comes after EU unveils plans to speed up repatriation. Gibraltar has become the latest major port jurisdiction to allow crew changes to take place, though they are still subject to strict conditions. The change comes days after the European

Shipping Industry Developments

Lloyd’s List

BV opens Piraeus remote survey centre

Remote surveys could bring ‘significant’ benefits for shipping clients, claims classification society. Remotely-located surveyors, using imagery and real-time video, can connect with ships, shipyards and experts ‘in total confidence’, says Bureau Veritas


Container lines blank nearly 400 sailings as coronavirus epidemic bites

More sailings cancelled across trades as lines react to massive fall in demand. Liner operators have so far blanked some 384 sailings due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Sea-Intelligence. A further 83 sailings have been cancelled in the past


Ship-lending platform Oceanis sees uptake during lockdown

Digital venture raked in financing offers worth $120m. Ship-lending platform Oceanis has seen an uptake in funds looking to provide shipping financing through digital channels. Maximilian Otto, the founder and managing partner of the German company, believes interest in digital financing has picked

Other updates on COVID-19

Lloyd’s List

Singapore yards hit as coronavirus infections surge

Foreign workers making up the bulk of the yards’ workforce have been exposed to escalating risks of infections at dormitories. Singapore has already seen at least 1,800 confirmed infections among foreign workers

Splash 247

Wah Kwong boss hails financial resilience of shipping during the coronavirus crisis

William Fairclough, the managing director of Hong Kong shipowner Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings, has hailed the financial resilience of shipping compared to aviation and other transport sectors during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.


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