The virus was firstly detected in the central city of Wuhan, China. It causes a type of pneumonia and includes signs of infection including respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
In the first place, the World Health Organization alerts that the principles to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections:
- Avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections.
- Frequent handwashing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment.
- Avoiding unprotected contact with farm or wild animals.
- People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash hands.
# Recommendations on how to stay protected from the virus
Therefore, in efforts to tackle the outbreak and protect shipping and seafarers from the virus, key players issued guidance on protection and combat of the virus’ spread.
|Date||Publisher||Name of Publication||Information|
|01 April 2020||IMO||Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Preliminary list of recommendations for Governments and relevant national authorities on the facilitation of maritime trade during the COVID-19 pandemic||IMO has advised that as governments around the world are implementing policies and measures to protect public health and address COVID-19, it is important that these are developed without the introduction of obstacles to ship and port operations.|
|30 March 2020||Paris MoU||Paris MoU has developed temporary guidance for its Member Authorities during the COVID-19 crisis. The guidance recognises that there is a need to apply flexibility under these special circumstances.|
|30 March 2020||MPA Singapore||Crew change for cargo ships under special circumstances in the Port of Singapore, to minise risk of community spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Singapore||This circular provides circumstances where crew will need to disembark or embark the ship.|
|30 March 2020||USCG||COVID-19 – Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements||USCG has issued new guidance to address all challenges facing employers to conduct mandatory drug testing during the COVID-19 pandemic response.|
|27 March 2020||UK Maritime Pilots' Association||Pilotage Operations during COVID-19||Before boarding a vessel, the DfT advise that crew should be asked if they have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature. It is recommended that individual pilots should undertake this
themselves by VHF prior to boarding. If there is any doubt, boarding should be delayed.
|27 March 2020||UK Maritime Pilots' Association||Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) – Strategy for Maintaining Pilotage Operations||Pilots should be vigilant and observe the highest precautions with their own health and to minimise exposure
whilst on board. This will include, no physical contact with crewmembers, observing a 2 metre distance separation whilst on board and only having essential crewmembers in the wheelhouse during the Act of Pilotage. The acceptance of food or drink whilst on board should be avoided.
|19 March 2020||ANTARICA GROUP, Axis Ltd, GAC, PANDI Services East||For the guidelines click here.||Following the majority of the countries worldwide, Russia issued guidelines on how its shipping sector is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.|
|19 March 2020||McLeans, Moroco||Passenger traffic is suspended to /from Italy, Spain and France since last week.
For cargo ships up to now there is no general restrictions or quarantine however preventive measures have been implemented as per a note n° 7/2020 from Ministry of Equipment Transport & Logistic dated 14/03/2020 attached herewith (although in French).
Vessels shall remain at anchorage time for health authority entitled to deliver free pratique to evaluate the risks and fix the preventive measures to take for persons accessing the ship, in accord with port authorities;
After berthing no physical contact should be made with people from shore and crew members are not authorized to land excepted extreme urgency case and under the control of health authorities;
The agent is the unique interface with the Master. He shall access on board after withdrawal of crew members from gangway;
Official documents should be placed under plastic film and should be disinfected prior being remitted to authorities;
Local security committees may take additional measures in case of exceptional situation not anticipated in this note.
At Casablanca Port authority (ANP) issued a note on 16/03/2020 to the various stevedore companies referring to the note n° 7/2020 from Ministry of Equipment Transport & Logistic dated 14/03/2020 above and implementing additional preventive measures such as:
As regard the surveyors access to Moroccan ports and ships although we have not been provided with official information in that respect for the time being there are no restrictions however surveyors should stay on board the minimum time necessary to perform their survey / investigation.
Situation in courts – The Ministry of Justice ordered on 16/03/2020 p.m. the suspension until further notice of the activity in Moroccan courts. Only the hearings in way of emergency proceedings and those in relation to criminal pending matters are maintained. Thus the pending cases before commercial courts are suspended as well as the introduction of new proceedings.
|18 March 2020||IMO||Circular Letter No.4221||The International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued a circular including guidance from China on the prevention and control of COVID-19 on board.|
|18 - 17 March 2020||Kalimbassieris Maritime, MESCO, Eldib Advocates, EMCO Group||For the guidelines click here.||Egypt issued guidelines concerning the coronavirus pandemic, providing information and news on the port developments and guidelines that have been implemented.|
|18 March 2020||USCG||Marine Safety Information Bulletin 07-20||The US Coast Guard issued an updated marine safety bulletin concerning the COVID-19, focusing on the efficient implementation of port and facility operations.|
|18 March 2020||St. Vincent and the Grenadines Maritime Administration||COVID-19 advice from maritime administration||St. Vincent and the Grenadines Maritime Administration expressed that the COVID-19 pandemic could be a force majeure situation; Therefore, they issued guidelines to assist shipping owners, operators and recognized organizations on matters such as audits and seafarers certification.|
|17 March 2020||Transport Malta||Merchant Shipping Notice 158||Transport Malta issues advice concerning the potential extension of sea service that may affect seafarers and the extension of validity of seafarers' certificates.|
|17 March 2020||IMO||Circular Letter No.4204/Add.5||The guidance refers to all stakeholders advising the extension of seafarers' certificates.|
|17 March 2020||Australian Border Forces, Australia||Australian Border Forces announcement||The Australian Government announced that all persons entering Australia from 0001 AEDST 16 March 2020 must undertake a precautionary self-isolation period for up to 14 days upon entry to Australia, applying to vessels, as well.|
|16 March 2020||MPA Singapore||Port marine circular 13||The Maritime Port Authority of Singapore issued an additional update concerning the mitigation of the COVID-19 spread, expanding its border restrictions.|
|16 March 2020||IBIA||IBIA offers protective measures against COVID-19||IBIA offers advice to mitigate the risk of infection during bunkering operations.|
|13 March 2020||MPA Singapore, Singapore||Port Marine Circular 11||Crew/passengers onboard all arriving vessels that have called at ports in mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, and Spain in the past 14 days shall remain onboard the vessels.
Crew/passengers with recent travel history to mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, and Spain in the past 14 days onboard all arriving vessels shall remain onboard during the vessels’ stay in port.
With immediate effect, Singapore will cease port calls for all cruise vessels.
|13 March 2020||MPA Singapore, Singapore||Port Marine Circular 10||Supersedes Circular 08 of 2020.
National Environment Agency’s (Port Health Office) requirements to submit the compulsory Maritime Declaration of Health to the Port Health Office which are applicable for:
All arriving vessels with crew/passengers with recent travel history to mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, and Spain in the past 14 days; or
|13 March 2020||Pinto Basto||Portuguese Government issue a statement informing that all passenger vessels will not be authorized to disembark any guests/crewmembers/staff. Licenses to go ashore also will not be granted.
Exception is made to Portuguese Citizens living in Portugal wishing to debark at our ports.
Cruise vessels still may call Portuguese ports and to carry on provisions, fresh water and other supplies, as well as to perform bunkering operations.
This containment measure will soon be in force and will be re-evaluated on 9 April.
|13 March 2020||Pandiman Philippines Inc, Philippines||Pandiman ALON Circular||PANDIMAN PHILIPPINES Inc., P&I Correspondent in the Philippines informs that the Philippine health authorities have declared a Code Red sublevel 2 status in the country.
The government has now declared the whole of Metro Manila under a state of community quarantine starting 15 March 2020 until 14 April 2020. During this period, land, domestic air and domestic sea travel to and from Metro Manila will be suspended, schools will be closed, government work in the executive department will be suspended (but will have skeletal force; likely to be adopted by the judicial department) and flexible working arrangements are encouraged to be adopted in the private sector. While the agencies of the government are expected to provide guidelines on the implementation of the community quarantine, the situation will be assessed on a day-to-day basis.
In addition, there are separate requirements for cruise ships and cargo vessels, including cruise ships and cargo ships.
|13 March 2020||Alejandro Vega, Argentina||Although the Argentinian Health Authorities have declared Argentina as a low-risk country, they have implemented effective as from 31 January, the obligation to include copies of the last 48 hours of ship’s medical logbook when requesting “free pratique” prior to ship’s arrival.
The Health Authority has also recommended to anyone to notify to National Boarded Authorities immediately if there is any suspicion that any crewmember or passenger on international voyages may have an infectious disease or any similar symptoms of the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV.
In those cases, the sanitary officers will provide the corresponding instructions however the people suspected must be isolated (on a cabin on board or a hotel at shore) and wait for instructions.
As per new resolution issued by the Argentinian government, all transit, working & temporary visa applications from the following countries have been cancelled until further notice due to the outbreak of the COVID-19:
The Argentinian Consulates located on those countries will not issue any working/transit and, specially, crew visas.
|11 March 2020||Republic of Cyprus, Shipping Deputy Ministry, Cyprus||Circular No. 05/2020||Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry issued a new circular, providing updates on precautions to minimize the disease's risks concerning seafarers, passengers and others onboard ships.|
|10 March 2020||O.F. Gollcher & Sons Ltd, Malta||As North Club reports, the Malta Freeport issued the following circular to ship agents at Malta on the 24th February 2020:
In view of the present situation evolving globally regarding the Coronavirus, as a precautionary measure Malta Freeport Terminals will be prohibiting with immediate effect the disembarkation of crew members from any vessel calling at Malta Freeport. The vessel crew is also required to self-isolate when possible. Furthermore with respect to ongoing operations, crew members must practice general infection and prevention advice when interacting with shore personnel and agency staff embarking the vessel. Such measures include social distancing, hand hygiene and respiratory protection in the form of masks. Crew members will only be allowed to disembark the vessel if they have been granted permission by the relevant authorities.
On 9 March, the following was sent by the Authorities in Malta to all service providers, ship agents and bunkering operators at Malta in respect of services provided outside Maltese territorial waters:
It is added that "Clearance outwards will only be granted following a written authorisation by Port health."
|10 March 2020||Spica Services Indonesia, Indonesia||The Directorate General of Sea Transportation of the Ministry of Transportation (Seacom) informed that they are increasing surveillance of ships and their cargo from China that enter ports in Indonesia to anticipate the presence of the COVID-19.
It is therefore stated that
The Directorate General of Sea Transportation and KKP also informed about the installation of a thermal scanner to detect the increase in the body temperature of passengers installed in the arrival area at the port that serves international routes.
Any suspect who has contracted the corona virus, medical treatment and treatment will be carried out specifically according to the Standards and Procedures (SOPs) issued by the CTF.
|09 March 2020||USCG, US||Marine Safety Information Bulletin||Following the COVID-19 outbreak, which now affects US states, The USCG issued an updated advisory to prevent the spread of the disease.|
|07 March 2020||Wilhelmsen agency, Korea||All vessels sailed out from Chinese port or have called any Chinese port for the past 14 days requires onboard quarantine inspection. Free pratique will only be granted after passing the inspection.
The following crew/passenger are restricted to enter KoreaAll Chinese seafarers with passport issued in Hubei province is prohibited to enter Korea
|07 March 2020||Ins-Ship Aide Ltd, Korea||Generally, any delay or any problem from all open ports has not been lodged/reported yet.
|07 March 2020||Wilhelmsen Ship Agency, Israel||Vessels that have visited Chinese ports in last 15 days before arriving to Israel cannot enter Israel.
If on the vessel there are people that in the past 14 days, or the vessel has been in a port in the past 14 days, in one of the countries listed above, the vessel shall enter the port with the following restrictions:
|05 March 2020||International Chamber of Shipping||Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for Ship Operators for the
Protection of the Health of Seafarers
|The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) published new guidance for the shipping industry to assist combat the spread of the Coronavirus, including among several measures, advice on managing Port Entry Restrictions, practical Protective Measures Against COVID-19 for Seafarers, including an Outbreak Management Plan.|
|04 March 2020||Turkey, Metropole Maritime and Trading Ltd Co||Circular||The Turkish General Directorate of Health for Borders and Coasts have advised that vessels will not be able to call Turkey for 14 days following a call from a “contaminated country” regardless of city / port.|
|04 March 2020||Cayman Maritime, Cayman Islands||Guidance 02/3030||The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry (CISR) published several guidelines, including a non- exhaustive list of scenarios and provided instructions for owners and managers who face such challenging issues due to the COVID-19 outbreak.|
|04 March 2020||Sengal, Ivory P&I||All vessels scheduled to call Dakar Port will now have send by email to the port authority (email@example.com) and the Health department (Sea border health control) (Csfmsn@gmail.com), latest 72 hours prior to arrival the following documents:
|04 March 2020||Singapore, MPA Singapore||Circular No. 09 of 2020||The Authority announced the extension of precautionary measures to minimize the risk of community spread of the COVID-19 in Singapore.|
|04 March 2020||Italy, Samer & Co. Shipping||There are no limitations for vessels entering the ports of Trieste and Monfalcone.
The Trieste and Monfalcone Port Authority have issued a note dated 24 February 2020 which provides advice for vessels.
In case of coronavirus the vessel will remain at roads and the infected person will be disembarked by means of Harbour Master’s launch boat with health assistance on board.
Agents will board the vessels with masks and/or protectives suits.
|25 February||O.F. Gollcher & Sons Ltd||The Malta Freeport issued the following circular to ship agents at Malta on the 24th February 2020
In addition vessels are being requested to show the Yellow flag in accordance with the International Code of Signal to signify that the ship is healthy.
|24 February 2020||Gulf Agency Company (Kuwait) Ltd||
|19 February 2020||India||The Ministry of Shipping, India has issued a notice/memo that foreigners who have visited China on or after 15 Jan 20 will not be allowed to enter India from any Air, Land or Sea port.
Agents have been advising calling vessels to Paradip that:
|19 February 2020||Mauritania, Ivory P&I||Before any entry of vessel in the port of Nouakchott (PANPA):
|19 February 2020||South Africa, Shepstone & Wylie||Screening measures include:
In the case of known and reported cases by vessels themselves, the procedure involves the following:
|13 February 2020||France||North Club issued Coronavirus situation in French ports:
Marseille/Fos/Lavera: Agents have been asked to display and hand out to all incoming vessels the “TRAVELLERS’ ADVICE” flyers issued by the French Ministry of Health.
|10 February 2020||Hong Kong Shipowners Association||The Government has imposed a 14-day compulsory quarantine on all the people entering Hong Kong from the Chinese Mainland irrespective of their nationalities.
You may find the exemption arrangement under Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation here and the gazettal of the Compulsory Quarantine of Certain Persons Arriving at Hong Kong Regulation and Prevention and Control of Disease (Disclosure of Information) Regulation here.
|10 February 2020||Nisomar Ltd., Kenya||Public notice||Kenyan Ports Authority has issued a note for Port of Mombasa for vessels that have called at China within last 14 days or crew that have travelled to China in last 14 days.
All vessels arriving from China must fill out Maritime Declaration of Health that states health status of crew.
Submit in advance:
|6 February 2020||Korean Register||Notice of new Coronavirus (CoV) infection||The notice includes the announcement made by the anti-epidemic task force in the area of Jingjinag-city, China.|
|6 February 2020||Korean Register||KR informs of restrictions concerning ships entering or leaving Taiwan:
|6 February 2020||AIV Private Limited, Pakistan||Travel Advisory for the prevention and control of novel coronavirus||Governmental department Port Health Establishment issued a travel advisory on 1 February that includes:
The Port Qasim Authority further requires that crew from foreign vessels are not allowed to disembark.
|6 February 2020||Pandiman Philippines Inc||Circular 2020-0034||The circular includes separate requirements to be followed by cruise ships and cargo vessels.|
|6 February 2020||Brazmar, Brazil||Action to be expected of the Port Health Authority||Law firm SMA have provided advice on what to expect from Brazilian authorities should infection be suspected on board.|
|6 February 2020||Spica Services, Vietnam||For the time being, Vietnamese authorities haven't issued an official statement; Yet, North's correspondents report that:
|6 February 2020||Spica Services, Thailand||Port Authority of Thailand requires the Master to complete and submit information 24 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival:
In case, the last port of call is China and departure was within 14 days, Quarantine Office shall also require the Master to complete their questionnaire prior to berthing of the vessel.
If crew has experienced any illness, fever or respiratory problems, quarantine officer may attend on board for investigation.
|6 February 2020||Intermarc Services, Sri Lanka||
|6 February 2020||Cameroon||Public Notice No. 0455/20||A notice has been issued by the Port of Douala that advises of following measures to be taken:
Crew changes must be carried out under full supervision of port health service
|5 February 2020||Bahamas Maritime Authority||Technical alert Version No. 1.2||It provides information on the widely reported outbreak of novel coronavirus.|
|5 February 2020||MPA Singapore||PORT MARINE CIRCULAR NO. 03 OF 2020||According to the circular:
should submit the Maritime Declaration of Health to the Port Health Office.
|4 February 2020||Aus Ship P&I||Bulletin||The bulletin is an addition to the existent one, with the Club informing that the Australian Government are implementing enhanced risk assessments on all international vessels calling into Australia.|
|4 February 2020||JF, Bangladesh, Ltd||Circular||The circular provides information on the measures taken for the utmost protection from the coronavirus.|
|4 February 2020||Spark International||For vessels arriving at Korean ports from or via China, the National Quarantine Station and related authorities have set up an enhanced screening measures for the crew onboard.
National Quarantine Station officers are boarding those vessels to check the body temperatures of each crew along with handing out questionnaires to be filled out personally by all crew members.
|4 February 2020||Alejandro Vega||Health authorities require that when vessels arriving in Argentina from China or that have operated in a port of that country, photocopies of the last 48 hours of the Medical Record on board, as well as the latest body temperature report of crew members and passengers must be attached in Free Practique request in TAD System. (Distance Procedure System – Health Authorities electronic system).|
|3 February 2020||MPA Singapore||Port Marine Circular No.02||Provides health advisory for;
|3 February 2020||MPA Singapore||Port Marine Circular No.03||Provides the National Environment Agency’s (Port Health Office) requirements to submit the Maritime Declaration of Health to the Port Health Office.|
|3 February 2020||Huatai Insurance Agency and Consultant Service Ltd||Bulletin||The Bulletin summarizes the protection and control measures implemented by the port Authorities of each major Chinese port.|
|February 2020||Hong Kong Marine Department||Merchant marine shipping information note||The purpose of this Note is to promulgate IMO Circular Letter No. 4204 on the precautions to be taken to minimize risks to seafarers, passengers and others on board ships from novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).|
|2 February 2020||USCG||Marine Safety Information Bulletin 02-20||The bulletin provides additional information and guidance to the maritime community regarding the current novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.|
|2 February 2020||Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry||Circular No. 03/2020||The circular highlights that all owners and managers of ships flying the Cyprus Flag are strongly urged to promulgate information on the basis of IMO Circular Letter No. 4204 to ensure that seafarers, passengers and others on board ships are provided with accurate and relevant information on the coronavirus outbreak and on the measures to reduce the risk of exposure if they are likely to be engaged on ships trading to and from ports in coronavirus-affected States.|
|31 January 2020||Pandiman Philippines Inc||Memo||Philippine Ports Authorities (PPA) advise:
|January 2020||Liberia Maritime Authority||MARINE ADVISORY: 03/2020||The Authority informs Shipowners/Operators/Recognized Organizations, Crewing Agents of the risks and challenges of the virus.|
|31 January 2020||Gibraltar Port Authority||Coronavirus Declaration for-000156||The Declaration should be completed by every vessel that will call Gibraltar at either the Western Anchorage, East anchorage, North Anchorage, any alongside berth, Quick turnarounds, medical disembarkations, OPLA and OPLB.|
|31 January 2020||USCG Delaware Bay||Marine Safety Information Bulletin||The bulletin highlights the measures that the ships calling the Delaware Bay should follow in case of any crew experiencing symptoms, also reporting of any symptoms concerning passengers or crew that may have departed the vessel.|
|31 January 2020||USCG||Marine Safety Information Bulletin MSIB 01-2020||This bulletin provides guidance on reporting any sick or deceased crew/passenger, informs of quarantine station points.|
|31 January 2020||Aus Ship P&I||Bulletin||The bulletin includes advises issued by the Australian Government on how to combat the spread of the virus.|
|31 January 2020||Brazmar Marine Services||No 4/2020/SEI/GIMTV/GGPAF/DIRE5/ANVISA||The bulletin highlights that any suspected cases should be treated in isolation and with use of surgical masks.|
|31 January 2020||Pandi Liquidadores S.R.L||Circular 019/2020||Although Argentina remains a low-risk country, the country demands that any symptoms of infection or any similar symptoms with the virus should be reported.|
|31 January 2020||IMO||Circular Letter No.4203||The circular provides information and guidance, based on recommendations developed WHO and the Division of Healthcare Management and Occupational Safety and Health, United Nations, on the precautions to be taken to minimize risks to delegates attending meetings at IMO following the recent outbreak of novel coronavirus.|
|31 January 2020||IMO||Circular Letter No.4204||The circular provides information and guidance, based on recommendations developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), on the precautions to be taken to minimize risks to seafarers, passengers and others on board ships from the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).|
|30 January 2020||Kuantan Port Authority||Circular 01/2020||Kuantan Port Authority has issued port circular 01/2020 which provides measures in Kuantan Port. This includes:
|30 January 2020||United Arab Emirates||Circular No (1) 2020||The circular notes that all the vessels that had visited any Chinese port in the previous 30 days, should provide a statement that crew have no symptoms.|
|29 January 2020||Inchcape Shipping Services, Kuwaiti port authorities||They issued a statement according to which all ship master’s coming directly or transiting China ports, are kindly requested to ensure to provide us a statement that no symptoms was observed such as high temperature, sore throat, coughing or breathing difficulties.|
|28 January 2020||Budd Group, France||Circular (2019-nCoV)||The circular provides advice for those suffering from the symptoms of a respiratory illness.|
|27 January 2020||USCG New Orleans||Marine Safety Information Bulletin, MSIB XX-20||The Bulletin advises that vessels calling within COPT will receive an email if the “Notice of Arrival’ declares that the vessel had called to China within last five ports of call.
Failure to report the above can lead to a civil penalty of up to $94,219.
# The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
The guidance is in line with WHO’s advice, informing that if the recommended measures are taken, there should be no ‘unnecessary restrictions of international traffic’.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) recently issued its recommendations in order to limit coronavirus's spread.# The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
The advice go as follows:
- Exit screening at ports in the affected areas to detect symptomatic travelers and prevent the exportation of the disease. This includes checking for signs and symptoms and keeping confirmed cases under isolation and treatment.
- Implementing health information campaigns to raise awareness on how to receive assistance if someone is showing symptoms.
- Collaborating with public health authorities for case management on board ships, should a traveller with symptoms be detected.
As the coronavirus crisis continues, the International Chamber of Shipping published new guidance focusing on seafarers' health and protection, providing detailed advice on managing port entry restrictions and practical protective measures for Seafarers, including an outbreak management plan, which each vessel has to implement and follow.
In late January, BIMCO published a statement noting that
As a consequence of the current spread of Coronavirus, BIMCO has decided that no BIMCO staff can travel to the Far East until further notice. This decision extends to excluding anyone from personally attending any BIMCO training course, subcommittee meeting, working group, etc. who has been to China in the 14 days prior to the planned event.
# International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) / January 26
IMHA issued advice for the shipping companies, adding that the symptoms are fever and acute respiratory symptoms, advising:
- Do not restrict embarkation /disembarkation of seafarers in non-affected ports
- Do not restrict necessary ship visits by port agents, chaplains, service personnel and others.
- Do not visit Food Markets in China. Avoid provision of fish and poultry in China.
- Do not consume raw eggs, milk, meat. • For galley: Observe strict food hygiene to avoid cross contamination
- Store facial protection for all crew (5 pieces /per person)
- Provide influenza vaccination, alcohol based hand rub and facial protection to ship inspector and other company employees who travel to China.
- If a person on board falls sick AND has been travelling to affected areas 2-12 days before embarkation, the person must stay in his cabin. Consult a Medical Doctor in the next port.
- If a sick person is on board of the ship, fill the Maritime declaration of health and notify port authority
# Australian Port Authority
Australia highlighted that there was a failure on adequate checks for the coronavirus infections on vessels entering Australian ports.
In light of this, Maritime Union of Australia National Secretary, Paddy Crumlin commented that
Australian workers are going out onto to these vessels and having direct contact with foreign seafarers prior to them entering the port. Tugboat crews are receiving ships equipment that may have been in contact with infected seafarers. It shouldn’t be left to these workers to provide Australia’s response to an international, viral threat.
# The International Transport of Workers' Federation (ITF)
ITF highlighted the importance of seafarers being protected, advising that:
- travelers should avoid unprotected contact with live animals;
- thoroughly cook all animal products, including meat and eggs;
- all travelers should practice good hygiene to avoid contact with anyone displaying symptoms.
# Cruise sector
The Cruise Industry was equally affected by the outbreak of the virus, with many cruise companies informing that their operations in Shanghai have been suspended. Thus, the companies offered refunds or rescheduled its voyages.
- Royal Caribbean: Spectrum of the Seas, Costa Atlantica, Costa Venezia, and MSC Splendida have cancelled their departures from the International Cruise Terminal in Baoshan District;
- Costa Cruises: Suspension of all operations from China until February 4. Operations at other major Chinese ports have also been halted;
- Norwegian Cruise Line: Introduction of non-touch temperature screenings for all passengers embarking from Chinese ports. Guest with a body temperature screening of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius or higher will not be allowed to board and will be directed to seek local medical treatment. What is more, guests travelling from Wuhan, China or who have been in the city in the last 30 days will be denied boarding;
- Royal Caribbean Cruises Asia Pacific: Will not permit passengers who visited Wuhan including those who are from the region to board their ships;
- Princess Cruises in Asia: No plans to change their itineraries and if necessary, they will introduce pre-boarding disease reporting for passengers arriving from affected areas;
- Crystal Cruises: Closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus, including recommendations from the World Health Organization.
# The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA)
The PPA reported that they encompassed all PPA-controlled ports nationwide after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the first nCoV case on January 30.
# Coronavirus Live Map
In efforts of monitoring the situation and tracking down the incident throughout the world, Johns Hopkins University launched a live, interactive map, which depicts in real time, the spread of the virus.
For example, today, 4 February 2020, according to the map there have been totally 20,679 cases of people infected, with 427 total deaths and 715 recoveries.