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Maersk suspends crew changes until April 14

Following the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption it has on the shipping and offshore sector, the world’s largest container line, AP Moller-Maersk has suspended crew changes for all of its operated ships.

US Navy School closed after third COVID-19 case

The Training Support Command (TSC) San Diego reported its closure on March 14, after a third Sailor had been positively tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Specifically, the school stated that a sailor from USS Essex that was attending a course at Training Support Command (TSC) San Diego tested positive for COVID-19.

EU closes borders to limit COVID-19 spread

In the fight against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the European Commission made the decision to ban non-essential travel to its 27 member nations for the next 30 days in order to limit the spread of the disease.

OCIMF suspends audits for 2020 until further notice due to COVID-19 pandemic

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and continuity, the Oil Companies and International Marine Forum (OCIMF) announced the suspension of all audits for the year 2020. Therefore, OCIMF decided to suspend all SIRE (Cat-1 and Cat-3) audits, SIRE and OVID refresher courses and new-inspector courses for the year 2020.

Canada to defer start of cruise ship season to 1st July

As part of its efforts to prevent spread of COVID-19, the Government of Canada plans to defer the start of the cruise ship season in Canada to 1st July 2020, at the earliest. The cruise season was originally planned to begin on 2 April 2020. 

USCG issues updated advisory amid COVID-19

Following the COVID-19 pandemic and its rapid transmission, the United States Coast Guard issued an update to its Marine Safety Information Bulletin published on March 13, including restrictions implemented to more countries.

Liberia publishes updated guidelines concerning COVID-19

The Republic of Liberia issued a new, updated circular concerning the COVID-19 crisis, for the rapid recognition of the potential threat to seafarers and vessels calling at ports in countries directly or indirectly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. 

US suspends all travel from Europe amid COVID-19 pandemic

Following the WHO declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday suspension of all travel from 26 European countries to the United States for the next 30 days, in an effort to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.