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.
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.
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.
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.
In line with measures taken by several other states in response to COVID-19 pandemic, Saudi Arabia has temporarily suspended sea trips for passengers between Saudi Arabia and 50 countries, including 27 EU states.
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.
CLIA ocean-going cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from US ports of call for 30 days as public health officials and the US Government continue to address 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.
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.
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.
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