Following the piracy incidents in the Gulf of Guinea, the Cyprus Shipping Chamber (CSC) expressed its concern at the the ineffectiveness of the international community to address the continuing piracy crisis.
Amid a growing discussion on the need for states to enable crew changes and protect seafarers’ rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry (SDM) officially announced a new process to facilitate crew changes, which are now possible under certain conditions.
The Cyprus Shipping Chamber joined a global appeal to G20 leaders to enable crew changes and protect access to healthcare onshore.
According to US Government’s 2019 Annual Report on Port State Control, Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry is no longer included on the Targeted Flag List of the United States Coastguard (USCG) concerning the safety performance of flag administrations.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has, the European Commission launched a set of guidelines, presenting the certain provisions of the EU passenger rights legislation apply in the context of the COVID-19, notably with respect to cancellations and delays.
In order to support shipping companies and owners of Cyprus, the region’s Shipping Deputy Ministry has put in place new measures for its operations, addressing the difficulties encountered due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
In light of the COVID-19 situation, 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.
During the 2020 SAFETY4SEA Limassol Forum, in a keynote address to delegates, Frank Coles, Group Chief Executive, Wallem, provided an overview of the current realities shipping has to encounter, highlighting that the industry is neither special, nor immune from the 4th industrial revolution. The longer it resists, the greater the pain is going to be and if it wants to be special, it needs to reinvent itself and “forget the dinosaurs and their havens of denial”.
The third SAFETY4SEA Limassol Forum successfully concluded on Tuesday 11th of March 2020 at the Columbia Venue Centre of Columbia Plaza, Limassol, Cyprus. The event focused on the main present and future challenges for shipping industry, equally divided to safety and environmental issues.
According to Cyprus’s Deputy Minister for Shipping, Natasa Pilides, the country’s shipping industry has been largely affected by the global spread of coronavirus. Ms Pilides also informed that the industry is following the guidelines of the ministry of health and is carrying out checks on board ships entering Cypriot ports.
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