Covid-19

IMO urges keyworker exemptions for crew changes and repatriations

IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has asked the United Nations system agencies to support IMO in its request to governments to declare seafarers, port personnel and other crucial maritime workers as key personnel. Mr. Lim made the plea during a virtual meeting (1 April) with other UN chiefs and the UN Secretary-General.  The meeting addressed the …

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MSC unveils new flexible cargo service to meet demand from Asia

Mediterranean Shipping Company’s new “Suspension of Transit” (SOT) programme is a flexible cargo service that will help to fulfil the imminent resumption of demand from Asia and ensure service continuity. It includes container yard storage in six transshipment hubs across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas, ensuring that goods can be shipped …

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Cargo ship denied entry to Halifax over COVID-19 concerns

The Public Health Agency of Canada says a cargo ship travelling from Germany has been denied entry to the port of Halifax because several crew members have symptoms of COVID-19, according to a Canadian Press report.The Siem Cicero is carrying a shipment of cars, which is considered non-essential. In a statement, the health agency says it was …

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Synergy Group CEO calls for collective crew changes

Captain Rajesh Unni founder and CEO of Singapore-based Synergy Groupis is calling for collective managed crew changes to tackle the “time bomb” of the crisis of relieving seafarers at the end of their contracts. “I believe that collective, carefully managed crew changes at designated ports could help us tackle this crisis,” said Capt Unni in …

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Port State Control bodies on Covid-19 pandemic

All three of the leading Port State Control bodies – The Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU and USCG have issued statements about dealing with the Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here they are: Tokyo MoU Recognizing that, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19, the industry is facing challenges in meeting statutory requirements stipulated in Maritime …

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Panama Canal adopts measures to guarantee sustained operations

The Panama Canal Authority has announced on March 25 that it has adopted more measures to guarantee operations and prevent the further spread of the virus after Panama ordered a mandatory nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The Canal Authority created teams with the necessary staffing levels in order to maintain the safe operation …

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Italian ports fully operational

According to a letter from the Italian Ports Association seen by Maritime Magazine, Italian Ports are fully operational while and ensuring the safety of cargo and crew members. The letter can be read bellow. In complete compliance with the measures adopted by the Italian Government, having the primary objective of protecting public health due to the current …

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BIMCO downgrades global container shipping outlook

Copenhagen, Denmark – The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) has revised its outlook for container shipping demand in 2020 from low global demand growth to negative demand growth for the full year. According to BIMCO’s revised forecast, container shipping freight rates are now expected to go down to loss-making levels as the coronavirus pandemic …

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IMO issues guidance on STCW certification

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued guidelines on standards for training, certification and monitoring of seafarers (STCW) in response to growing concerns following the coronavirus epidemic. IMO has stated that the worldwide response to the epidemic poses a serious challenge for administrations to enable the continuing education of seafarers, revalidate certificates, including medical certificates, and the …

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