Update 06 August: Live map depicts spread of coronavirus

The new coronavirus (COVID-19) has cost the lives of more than 707.000 while confirmed cases exceed 18.800.000. Although coronavirus started in China in early 2020, now it has spread over Europe where Italy and the UK have the most deaths. Also, Brazil, Canada, France and Spain top the list with the countries affected significantly.

MPA Singapore: Precautionary measures for marine services providers

Singapore continues to take a calibrated and risk-based approach in determining the precautions and measures for the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 23 March 2020, 2359H, crew and passengers on short term visits have not been allowed to disembark in Singapore, unless given special prior approval from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Crew change for cargo ships under special circumstances in the port of Singapore

In view of the recent cases of crew members who are tested positive for COVID- 19 upon arrival in Singapore, which posed a health risk to the crew that travel with them, to the ships they were to join, and to the local community, MPA is working with the industry taskforce to provide more detailed guidelines to safeguard the crew change process.

MPA Singapore: Best practices to minimize COVID-19 risk onboard

Following the resurgence of COVID-19 cases across the world, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) recommends owners, managers and agents to adopt additional precautionary measures when carrying out crew changes on Singapore-registered ships. 

UAE now open for crew changes

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) decided to continue its crew change activities in all its ports and waters. Namely, according to the Federal Transport Authority, UAE will open crew changes to all ports across the nation’s seven emirates.

Port Canaveral lays off 40% of employees

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, the port Canaveral, central Florida’s seaport and the second largest cruise homeport, will be reducing its employees by more than 40% through layoffs, furloughs and attrition. 

Philippines launches guidelines to ease crew change

The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) of the Philippines launched the detailed procedures and health and safety protocols concerning the repatriation and the conduct of crew change, in authorized domestic and international ports in the country.