Wärtsilä’s Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) will be delivered in the Port of Callao, in Peru, on January 2021 to ensure that port operations will be conducted in a safe manner, given that the port is frequently dealing with fog and haze.
PSA International stated that operations at the Fuzhou Container Terminals in the eastern Chinese city continue normally despite the COVID-19 crisis, adding that they do not plan to quarantine any docking vessels calling the port.
Indian Major ports have turned to use renewable energy in order to cut costs and reduce the emissions. Namely, India is the first nation to have all government-owned ports running on solar and wind energy.
In light of the COVID-19 oubreak, the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control decided to prohibit all the arrivals from the 13 most affected countries by the disease. According to Reuters, all the countries that have more than 1.000 confirmed cases, are banned to enter the country.
Despite the several disruptions that COVID-19 has brought upon the shipping industry, Ireland’s second largest port, Port of Cork continues its trade operations. In fact, port authorities confirmed that freight operations and arrivals still remain unaffected.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the government of California wrote a letter to the Trump Administration requesting immediate deployment of the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship to the Port of Los Angeles until September 2020, so as to be prepared in response to the disease.
The Port Authority of Houston has conducted a thorough investigation regarding the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) worker, that tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, vessel operations will resume at Bayport and Barbours Cut Terminals.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the travel bans that has brought, Greece informed that the shipping trade at the Port of Piraeus is still not impacted, as it remains operational. According to Xinhua, Greek port authorities haven’t put any restrictions to the import or export of cargo at the moment.
The European Commission informed that it has approved the acquisition of CMA CGM Port Terminals, based in France, and Terminal Link Holding, based in Singapore, by CMA CGM and China Merchants Port Holdings Company (CMPorts).
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic situation bringing several disruptions and delays to the shipping industry, several ports in the US are struggling to remain operational. Among others, the Port of New York and New Jersey along with the South Carolina Ports keep continuing their operations.
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