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Update: Global port restrictions due to coronavirus

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.

Update Feb. 18: Live map depicts spread of coronavirus

The new coronavirus has cost the lives of 1,873  people, while confirmed cases exceed 73,000. What is more, except from China, coronavirus cases have been reported in other countries in Asia, such as Malaysia and Japan, in Australia, Germany, France, the US and Canada among others.

8 tips on maintaining galley hygiene onboard due to coronavirus

MCTC, global catering and training provider, launched several guidance to galley crew, given the global outbreak of the coronavirus, providing advice on how to stay protected and maintain a healthy environment in line with the vessel or port restrictions.

Coronavirus case confirmed after passengers disembark Westerdam in Cambodia

Although the passengers of the Westerdam disembarked in Cambodia, the US Embassy Cambodia reported that a female passenger was tested positive for the coronavirus in Malaysia. Specifically, the US Embassy noted that the woman, an American national, was stopped at the Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia and found infected with COVID-19.

Disruption in Chinese ports because of labour shortage

Due to the spread of Covid-19, disruption is being reported in Chinese ports, because of shortage in available labour. As Standard Club informs, the extension of the lunar new year holiday is a significant factor but in some cases workers are absenting from work. 

ONE applies reefer congestion surcharges

In light of the coronavirus situation, Ocean Network Express recently decided to apply a congestion surcharge of $1.000 per container for all the reefer cargoes arriving into Shanghai and Xingang from 15 February and onwards, as for regulated trades the effective date will be 14th March 2020 until further notice.

Coronavirus impacts trade market

Following the coronavirus outbreak, with several shipping companies skipping Chinese ports and many Chinese factories shutdown, trade market is passing a period of disruption. According to Bloomberg, physical supply chains are affected due to the above-mentioned situation.

Coronavirus may drop Chinese LPG demand

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese liquefied petroleum gas demand is likely to drop by 3% in the following two months, causing cut in the LPG shipments and affecting the freight rates.

Fighting coronavirus: A Contingency Plan onboard is vital

The global concern about the outbreak of COVID-19 has put a lot of pressure on the shipping industry, especially to those operators trading to Far East and Chinese Ports. The whole community has responded to this major coronavirus outbreak by issuing guidance and instructions on what measures should be taken to avoid contagion.

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