17 April 2020

COVID-19: What the media is saying today



PUBLISHED ON 17/04/2020

Crew Changes

Lloyd’s List

Airports sought to facilitate shipping crew changes

Months into the coronavirus pandemic and into national lockdowns across the world, governments have yet to offer a solution to the prohibition of crew changes. This is threatening the safety and mental health of seafarers. The two main associations of the aviation and shipping industries are now telling countries they should pick an airport that will have special flights for crew movement and repatriation

Shipping Industry Developments

Lloyd’s List

Class to explore uniform approach on survey postponements

A move towards remote surveys has long been discussed by class societies. Several of them have introduced them in their services. But as they consider how they could postpone certain surveys, the role of remote inspections will also likely grow

Seatrade Maritime News

Surge in lay-up enquiries eclipses financial crisis – WSM

Enquiries for lay-up services have surged in recent weeks to eclipse even that seen during the global financial crisis in 2009, according to Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM). WSM operates its own lay-up services for clients in Labuan, East Malaysia and is seeing a large number of enquiries coming from across almost all sectors of shipping as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the demand for international shipping.

Seatrade Maritime News

Keeping essential maritime businesses working the US

Business is in “shutdown mode” across the US; weekly unemployment statistics just released on 9 April (numbering 6.6m, a staggering number- in line with that of late March figures) confirm that if walking around deserted downtowns did not, but maritime and shipping need to keep working.

Other updates on COVID-19

Lloyd’s List

Rotterdam warns throughput could fall by 20%

The impact of the pandemic-driven economic slowdown will hit trade volumes. Europe’s largest port complex expects to take its share of the pain. ROTTERDAM, the largest container port in Europe, expects full-year throughput to fall by up to one fifth as the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on economic activity.


Singapore eyes cruise ships to house Covid-19 free foreign workers

Elderly Genting Cruise Lines vessels may house up to 2,000 people in bid to stop virus spread. Reeling under a mass outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus in dormitories housing its foreign labour force, Singapore is studying the feasibility of using


Entire Afungi LNG site in Mozambique under lockdown

Total’s Mozambique LNG site in Cabo Delgado closed off as Covid-19 cases linked to Afungi dominate country’s total coronavirus numbers. Total’s entire liquefied natural gas construction site at Afungi in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province is under quarantine due to the coronavirus, with

Splash 247

Rodolphe Saade urges for supply chain rethink post-coronavirus

Rodolphe Saade has issued a video on CMA CGM website outlining his vision of a more equitable and resilient supply chain in the future, post-coronovirus.



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