8 April 2020

COVID-19: What the media is saying today



PUBLISHED ON 08/04/2020

Crew Changes

Seatrade Maritime News

Shipowners, unions call on G20 for global strategy on crew changes

In a joint letter from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) to G20 leaders and ministers they have called on governments to identify ports and nearby airports where crew changes can be resumed as soon as possible.

Shipping Watch

Wallem on postponed crew changes: “Does not get anymore severe”

Frank Coles, CEO of Wallem Group, thinks it is crucial that ships be allowed to change their crews if global trade is to continue undisrupted. He strongly disagrees with a competitor urging seafarers to stay home.

Shipping Industry Developments

Lloyd’s List

Class societies add staff layoffs to coronavirus cutbacks

Some class societies such as Lloyd’s Register are furloughing staff to weather the economic storm caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Others, such as DNV GL, have temporarily laid off staff. While two of the largest class societies have started to cut back on staffing temporarily, most others are adamant they can weather the current storm without needing to furlough workers

Lloyd’s List

From the News Desk: Does coronavirus threaten shipping’s green push?

Could the need for governments to rebuild their economies, combined with low oil prices, see decarbonisation timelines extended? With all meetings at the International Maritime Organization currently suspended, and the full effect of the coronavirus outbreak yet to be felt, doubts are already being raised over the timeline for shipping’s decarbonisation efforts


Japan exempts maritime businesses from state of emergency clampdown

Transportation has been protected as an ‘essential service’ as country steps up measures against coronavirus. Maritime transportation to Japan will be allowed to continue as usual following the Japanese government’s announcement of a state of emergency to counter the spread of…

Other updates on COVID-19


Covid-19 set to depress near term LNG demand, say gas importers

LNG importers group details 2019’s record growth and comments on how industry will need to address methane emissions. LNG demand will be hit by Covid-19 pandemic in the short term in a market already flooded with excess LNG…


Tanker owner James Fisher to make coronavirus ventilators

UK company says it can manufacture 2,000 kits per week to aid fight against pandemic. UK shipping group James Fisher is ready to help the fight against coronavirus by producing ventilators for hospitals. The tanker owner said it can make 2,000 of…


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