19 March 2020

COVID-19: What the media is saying today



PUBLISHED ON 19/03/2020

Crew Changes

Seatrade Martime News

COVID-19 and crew changes – A ship manager’s view

With growing concerns over the difficulties faced by shipowners in making crew changes given restrictions to limit the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak Wilhelmsen Ship Management has explained the approach that it is taking.

Shipping Watch

New shipping passport to ensure new crews access to ships

Shipping companies from across the globe are hit hard by closed borders that make it very difficult to change crews. International efforts are now underway to introduce a form of shipping passport so that crews can reach their ships.

Shipping Industry Developments

Lloyd’s List

BIMCO revises 2020 forecasts on coronavirus concerns

The size and interconnections with China’s economy mean the coronavirus outbreak has a significant impact on the global shipping industry. Recent geopolitical movements are combining with the outbreak to bring new concerns to the market …

Lloyd’s List

Shipping demands EU support to combat outbreak impact

As the negative impact of the coronavirus becomes more apparent, so does the expectation from different industries that governments will directly intervene to support affected people and businesses. Bodies representing EU shipowners and seafarers are asking EU governments to do just that …

Splash 247

IMO issues guidance on STCW certification

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued guidance on standards of training, certification and watchkeeping for seafarers (STCW) in an response to growing concerns as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Travel Restrictions

Splash 247

Brussels urged to show leniency towards seafarers in face of European travel ban

The heads of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and the European Transport Workers’ Federation have called for leniency from Brussels when it comes to Europe’s blanket travel ban in the wake of the spread of coronavirus.

General update on COVID-19

Financial Times

Ports feel coronavirus impact on global trade

California’s Long Beach port handled $38bn in Chinese goods last year, but activity at the normally bustling harbour has more than halved from normal levels as the coronavirus outbreak spreads around the globe, according to harbour officials.  The pandemic forced factory closures across China starting in January, with ripple effects throughout the global economy.

The Straits Times

Coronavirus: New evidence shows young people are falling seriously ill

New evidence from Europe and the US suggests that younger adults aren’t as impervious to the novel coronavirus that’s circulating worldwide as originally thought. Despite initial data from China that showed elderly people and those with other health conditions were most vulnerable, young people – from twenty-somethings to those in their early forties – are falling seriously ill.


·       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

·       Seatrade Cruise Global: POSTPONED. TBA

·       Offshore Technology Conference: POSTPONED. TBA

·       ITS 2020: CANCELLED

·       TPM20: CANCELLED

·       Sea Japan: CANCELLED


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