3 April 2020


COVID-19: What the media is saying today



PUBLISHED ON 03/04/2020

Crew Changes

Seatrade Maritime News

China’s Ministry of Transport tightens crew change regulations

China’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) has tightened regulations of crew changes involving Chinese nationals and vessels and barred all international crew changes.

China’s MOT issued notice on 1 April to strengthen the crew change management onboard ships sailing international routes for further prevention and control of COVID-19 spread.

Shipping Industry Developments

Lloyd’s List

Seafaring should be considered an essential service

Policies taken by Singapore to contain the spread of coronavirus have stoked a fresh debate over why seafaring does not rank among essential services qualifying for exemptions

Splash 247

European shipping reaches ‘breaking point’

European shipowners have urgently called on governments and Brussels to adopt a targeted rescue and recovery plan for the maritime sector, which is now inching close to collapse from the strains brought about by the coronavirus. The board of the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) met yesterday and issued a strong statement on the perilous state of the continent’s shipping community.

Seatrade Maritime News

Inmarsat offering 50% discount on crew voice calls until end June

In response the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for crew to stay in touch with their families Inmarsat is giving a 50% discount on crew voice calls to the end of June.

Seatrade Maritime News

Boost for remote surveys amid COVID-19 crisis

Digital and remote surveys are proving increasingly popular amongst shipowners and managers as the global pandemic takes its toll on flights, regional travel and physical access to ships.

Seatrade Maritime News

THE Alliance blanks 20 sailings as COVID-19 curbs demand

THE Alliance container shipping members have announced significant cuts of 20 sailings over the remainder of this week and the next four weeks in response to a forecasted sharp downturn in demand due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Other updates on COVID-19


Oil soars after Trump, Sitton discuss 10 million bpd output cut with Russia

Commissioner Ryan Sitton expected to speak with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ‘soon’


ExxonMobil faces Covid-19 challenge to Guyana drilling plans

US giant may have to re-think wildcatting programme on Canje and Kaieteur blocks due to potential crew change difficulties


·       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 to 12 – 15 April 2021

·       Offshore Technology Conference: POSTPONED. TBA

·       ITS 2020: CANCELLED

·       TPM20: CANCELLED

·       Sea Japan: CANCELLED


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