31 march 2020

COVID-19: What the media is saying today



PUBLISHED ON 31/03/2020

Crew Changes

Seatrade Maritime News

Crew changes – the problem of air travel

The crew change crisis that has developed with the COVID-19 pandemic will need more than just coordination of port and government authorities with shipowners and managers as there is a huge logistics issue of getting seafarers to the points of embarkation and disembarkation.

Splash 247

Hong Kong makes crew change allowances

Developments are happening fast in relation to crew repatriation during the coronavirus update. The UK has designated seafarers as key workers, Singapore is allowing crew changes with a number of caveats, while measures have been put in place today to allow crew to land and board ship in Hong Kong.

Lloyd’s List

Coronavirus: Call for seafarers to be regarded as ‘key personnel’

In an open letter to governments, the press and the public, V.Group chief executive Graham Westgarth has urged that seafarers be considered as ‘key personnel’ during the coronavirus outbreak. He has urged decision-makers worldwide to view seafarers as part of the solution to the coronavirus situation. He calls on them to provide these workers with rights of embarkation and disembarkation.


Carl Schou calls on authorities to resolve stranded crew crisis

Wilhelmsen Ship Management boss says to ask crews for another changeover deferral is “unacceptable”. Carl Schou has become the latest top ship manager boss to call on global governments to resolve the mounting crisis of stranded crews. The Wilhelmsen Ship Management chief executive said that with the recent crew changeover deferrals the industry had “bought ourselves a time window – for now”.

Shipping Industry Developments

Lloyd’s List

Coronavirus: No let-up in boxship blank sailings

The number of void sailings on deepsea container trades from mid-March through to the end of May has increased from two to nearly 50 over the past week, as carriers respond to an expectation of lower volume demand. Asia-Europe and transpacific services hardest hit, with more cancellations expected to follow in light of the coronavirus pandemic


Cruise majors extend fleet layups to at least mid-May

Carnival Corp, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MSC Cruises have extended their fleet layups to at least mid-May amid the coronavirus pandemic. The world’s four largest cruise majors, which together own 216 ships, on 14 March announced they would suspend their entire fleets through mid-April.

Shipping Watch

Lawyer warns carriers: Port closings not a free pass to invoke force majeure

Shipping lines cannot blindly use quarantined ships as an opportunity to achieve force-majeure compensation. They must first examine the circumstances, Bech-Bruun shipping lawyer Johannes Grove Nielsen tells ShippingWatch.

Other updates on COVID-19

Lloyd’s List

Coronavirus: Støhle says ‘buoyant’ spot LNG charter market is unexpected

Höegh LNG has imposed a lockdown on its vessels, banning crew changes and visitors on board. But its chief executive warns that ports should be allowing ships in to enable the supply of commodities, such as gas, that are necessary to power countries amid the global spate of nation-wide lockdowns


·       NAVEXPO: POSTPONED to 17 Jun – 19 Jun 2020

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·       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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