To enhance its suicide prevention efforts, the US Navy has decided to develop a ‘Culture of Excellence’. This effort aspires to combine existing and new programs to develop resilience, trust and connectedness in all members of the service.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) issued a statement in response to recent developments concerning the 2019-novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the global cruise industry. CLIA has adopted new enhanced protocols for ocean-going guests and crew who have recently traveled from or through China, including Hong Kong and Macau.
Following the coronavirus outbreak, two online maps have been already launched, presenting the development of the virus, while Wilhelmsen launched its own online tool providing the global port restrictions, easing the shipping industry.
In light of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is collaborating with government agencies to ensure that the measures taken in Australia are efficient and that their approach is consistent with the whole of government preparedness and response.
Nautilus received comments that seafarers who have visited Chinese ports are being denied off-signing by countries fearing the spread of coronavirus, meaning that crews could remain onboard for many additional weeks.
It has been reported that the Japanese Authorities forbid the entrance of Holland America Line’s Westerdam cruise ship after allegations that the vessels have passengers infected by the coronavirus; Yet, the cruise line informs that ‘despite erroneous media reports, the ship is not in quarantine and there are no known cases of coronavirus on board.’
Lindblad Expeditions, the cruise operator for National Geographic Expeditions, has recently announced that it has become the first self-disinfecting fleet in the cruise industry, amid the ongoing coronavirus epidemic disrupts operations throughout Asia.
The Korean Register recently informed of an announcement by the anti-epidemic task force in the area of Jingjinag-city, China, where some of the new building work has been ongoing. The notice refers to preventive measures against the CoV infection.
The UK Maritime CoastGuard Agency (UK MCA) launched a Merchant Shipping Note concerning merchant shipping and fishing vessels (health and safety at work) regulations 2010, replacing MSN 1889 (M+F), informing of biological agents and the risks arising.
Following reports that the cruise ship Princess Diamond is held in quarantine amid Coronavirus outbreak, Chinese authorities announced the cruise ship ‘World Dream’ will remain docked at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Cruise Terminal with more than 3,600 passengers and crew members onboard.
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