30 March 2020

COVID-19: What the media is saying today



PUBLISHED ON 30/03/2020

Crew Changes

Seatrade Maritime News

Singapore to allow crew changes in ‘special circumstances’

Singapore is to allow crew changes under “special circumstances” recognising seafarers play a critical role in the global supply chain. The Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in circular to shipping that although crew changes had been suspended due to the recent heightened risk of imported cases of COVID-19 into the city state. However, in consultation with the industry and feedback from unions it said, “We understand there are special circumstances need to embark or disembark the ship.”

Shipping Industry Developments

Lloyd’s List

The Lloyd’s List Podcast: What shape will shipping’s coronavirus recovery take?

However horrific the disruption looks right now at a consumer level, we have to believe that coronavirus is not going to structurally change the shipping markets. Can we hope for a V-shaped recovery, or should we brace for a misshapen U?


Nigeria tightens virus rules after six OSV crew test positive

Nigeria is increasing restrictions for workers in its offshore sector after six offshore support vessel crew tested positive for coronavirus. The seafarers are on board the 93-loa support ship Siem Marlin (built 2009) off Lagos.

Lloyd’s List

Coronavirus: Cruise operators excluded from US bailout

Big cruiseship operators will be unable to access $500m of US business aid because they incorporate offshore.


Charterers urged to consider delaying ship vetting inspections

Vessel charterers are being encouraged to consider deferring ship vetting inspections, use existing reports and look closely at the safety of those involved in those that do go ahead in the current coronavirus-hit environment.

Other updates on COVID-19

Financial Times

The mystery of the true coronavirus death rate

The figure at the root of so much global angst about coronavirus is currently 4.7 per cent. That is the proportion of people, as of Sunday afternoon, who have died after being diagnosed with the virus — 32,137 out of the 685,623 who have tested positive for Covid-19 around the world.

Shipping Watch

DHL declares force majeure after virus outbreak

The coronavirus makes it nearly impossible to predict trade routes, prompting logistics firm DHL to declare the current situation force majeure. This is not yet the case for DSV Panalpina, while Blue Water describes a situation in which “the normal cargo flow is down.”


Brazil flotel activity hit by Covid-19 pandemic with operations pared back

Crewing restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are forcing a reduction of activity among flotel operators in Brazil’s offshore sector.


·       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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