20 March 2020

COVID-19: What the media is saying today



PUBLISHED ON 20/03/2020

Crew Changes

Lloyd’s List

Seafarers must be exempt from travel bans, say ICS and ITF

The coronavirus pandemic has left crew around the world in a precarious position. National travel bans threaten their access to ports and global industry bodies are stepping in to ask for protection. National travel bans threaten crew access to ports and global industry bodies are stepping in to ask for protection. The move comes as the IMO calls for a ‘practical and pragmatic approach’ to crew changeovers

Seatrade Maritime News

ICS and ITF call on UN agencies to ensure ports stay open and allow crew changes

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) have written an open letter to four United Nations (UN) bodies calling for crew changes to be facilitated during the COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping the world.

Shipping Industry Developments


Cruise majors could put ships into lay-up with revenue set to fall

Meanwhile, two of the three cruise majors might need to borrow more to cover commitments. The world’s “Big Three” cruise majors could take the rare step of putting ships into lay-up as they weather the coronavirus storm.

Shipping Watch

One challenge overshadows corona threat for large bulkers right now

Though the coronavirus outbreak is prominent both in daily life and in media across the world right now, the increasing fleet influx of capesizes is proving a bigger challenge for dry bulk carriers than the corona situation, assesses Danish Ship Finance.

Travel Restrictions

Splash 247

Supply chains face another headache as China starts 14-day restrictions for ships and personnel coming from worst-hit coranavirus countries

China celebrated no new cases of Covid-19 yesterday for the first time since making public daily figures on the outbreak. In the process of suppressing the virus, Beijing has detailed a huge raft of new rules limiting foreigners accessing the country, something that Splash can reveal also has potentially seismic dimensions for the shipping industry, especially the intra-Asia trades.

General update on COVID-19

Lloyd’s List

Coronavirus: Port of Houston to reopen terminals after virus tests

‘We have taken prudent steps to ensure we resume operations responsibly and safely,’ the port said, adding that vessel operations would resume on Thursday evening at both container terminals

Financial Times

California goes into lockdown in battle with coronavirus

California ordered its 40m residents to stay at home unless required to make essential trips, becoming the first US state to implement such extreme measures in a bid to contain the rapidly expanding coronavirus outbreak.

The Straits Times

China sees zero local coronavirus cases for second day, hits new record on imported cases

China’s coronavirus infections from abroad hit a new daily record while infected travellers reached an unprecedented number of Chinese provinces, pressuring the authorities to hold the bar high on already tough customs rules and public-health protocols.


·       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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