24 March 2020

COVID-19: What the media is saying today



PUBLISHED ON 24/03/2020

Crew Changes

Splash 247

Shanghai issues guidance to allow Chinese crew shifts

The Shanghai government has eased the crew change ban by releasing a new guidance for managing crew shift issues at Shanghai Port. Under the new guidance, shipping companies are required to report the past itinerary of ships that will berth at Shanghai Port and Chinese crew are allowed to go ashore with the exception of those who have been to the 24 countries identified by Chinese customs as seriously affected by the coronavirus pandemic 14 days before arriving at Shanghai.

Shipping Industry Developments

Seatrade Maritime News

ICS, IAPH in joint call for G20 to support maritime sector and global supply chains

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) have jointly called on G20 leaders to support the maritime sector and global supply chains from the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


With Covid-19 spreading, shipping conferences take to the internet

Online events are one solution to the work-from-home measures put in place in response to Covid-19. Nicolas Bornozis says they’ve even come up with a way to digitise the drinks reception. With travel moratoriums, work-from-home policies and social distancing the norm thanks to Covid-19, Capital Link’s annual late-March conference in New York was one of the many shipping events in jeopardy.

Travel Restrictions

Financial Times

China to ease coronavirus restrictions on Hubei province

Authorities to relax rules on travel to and from region where outbreak began. The Chinese government will begin relaxing restrictions on travel to and from Hubei province, the origin of the coronavirus pandemic, in an important milestone in the country’s two-month battle against the health crisis. The Hubei Health Commission announced that the liberalisation will begin on Wednesday and initially apply to all areas of the province except for Wuhan, the provincial capital, where the travel ban will stay in place until April 8.

Border Closures

The Straits Times

Coronavirus: An unprecedented Singapore border closure, in unprecedented times

Singapore shut its doors to tourists and short-term visitors from today. The lockdown is necessary to stem imported infections and may prevent the need for a full shutdown of the local economy.

At the stroke of midnight on Monday, Singapore did something it has never done before – close its borders to tourists and short-term visitors.

General update on COVID-19

Financial Times

Coronavirus latest: Eurozone business activity ‘collapses’ in March

Business activity crashed to a record low in the eurozone as the coronavirus health emergency morphed into an economic crisis.


‘Mental agony’: Seafarers being abandoned during outbreak, charity says

UK charity Human Rights at Sea has said it has been deluged by cases of seafarers stuck on vessels after companies struggled to come to terms with the coronavirus outbreak. The crew members are being retained on ships after signing off or left ashore in foreign countries unable to return to their families without funds. And they do not have sufficient information being passed to them due to the unprecedented Covid-19 crisis, it revealed, leading to what one captain called “mental agony”.

Shipping Watch

Total fights against corona: “We’ve launched extensive measures”

“Total E&P Denmark has a very low number of confirmed covid-19 cases, and the few affected persons are currently in quarantine,” the oil company tells ShippingWatch’s sister media EnergyWatch.


·       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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