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California requests USNS Mercy Hospital Ship against COVID-19 outbreak

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.

FSG suspends operations amid COVID-19 crisis

As a result of the EU being the epicentre of COVID-19, several shipping companies are suspending operations, followed by the many restrictions issued about closed borders and ports; Therefore, Germany’s Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft (FSG) suspends all operations.

Hurtigruten temporarily suspends operations

As a response to the global COVID-19 outbreak, Norwegian expedition cruise operator Hurtigruten announced it will voluntarily stop operations from pole to pole until the end of April.

Queensland, Australia, issues 14-day self-quarantine for all foreign trading ships

Maritime officials in Queensland, Australia have ordered all foreign trading ships to essentially self-quarantine before entering their ports due to the COVID-19 crisis. Vessels are advised to contact port authorities if crew member or passenger is showing any coronavirus symptoms that include fever, flu-like symptoms cough, sore throat, headache or difficulty breathing. 

Sailors Society suspends operations for an initial two-week period

International maritime charity Sailors’ Society announced that is now offering to seafarers virtual chaplaincy as it stops its port activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Charity informs that is halts operations in all 90 ports, beginning for two weeks, in the light of the increased spread of the virus and the World Health Organization (WHO) activating an international state of emergency. 

IMO Secretariat continues work despite COVID-19

Following the closure of IMO’s headquarters on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March, as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19, it is reported that the London Headquarters building has reopened following deep cleaning and sanitization.