Update 06 April: Live map depicts spread of coronavirus

The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is an unprecedented crisis situation in terms of breadth and scale, from a global health, social and economic standpoint. The new coronavirus (COVID-19) has cost the lives of more than 69,000 people, while confirmed cases exceed 1,275,542. Although coronavirus started in China in early 2020, now it has spread over Europe where Italy and Spain have the most deaths. Also, US, Canada, France and UK top the list with the countries affected significantly.

Operations continue normally at Fuzhou port, says PSA

PSA International stated that operations at the Fuzhou Container Terminals in the eastern Chinese city continue normally despite the COVID-19 crisis, adding that they do not plan to quarantine any docking vessels calling the port.

IMO issues COVID-19 circular including guidance from China

In light of the challenges the shipping industry faces due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) issued a circular including guidance from China on the prevention and control of COVID-19 on board.

COVID-19 causes shipping containers shortages

The COVID-19 crisis which has been the epicentre of the EU is leading to shipping container shortages and goods, which is expected to worsen as China imposes more restrictions concerning incoming vessels, to boost its coronavirus safety measures.

US blacklists Chinese, South African companies for Iran oil trade

According to Reuters, the US Department of State identified seven companies that has blacklisted, due to their involvement in Iranian petrochemincals’ transport, marketing and sale. In fact, three of the seven companies are Chinese-based, while another three are in Hong Kong and one in South Africa.

Port of Rotterdam sees slight recovery in China volumes

The number of container ships coming from China to the Port of Rotterdam shows a slight recovery, as coronavirus measures have started to ease, the Port’s CEO said Monday. COVID-19 had also significantly curbed traffic from China to the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port. 

Update: Information on access to Chinese shipyards and ports

Following the latest updates concerning Chinese ports, the Korean Register issued new updates concerning Chinese ports and shipyards, keeping in mind that the mainland China is facing many challenges due to COVID-19 and the shipping industry has to be cautious.


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