UK commits to seafarer welfare during COVID-19

The UK Department of Transport have sent a letter to the ILO, IMO, and WHO, in regards to the UK’s commitment to seafarer welfare during the current COVID-19 pandemic and how they plan to facilitate seafarer transit and transfer to keep world trade moving.

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.

IMO Secretariat continues work despite COVID-19

Following the closure of IMO’s headquarters on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March, as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19, it is reported that the London Headquarters building has reopened following deep cleaning and sanitization.

IMO closes headquarters as a precaution

The IMO Headquarters building is closed to visitors and staff, on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March, as a precautionary measure due to the COVID-19 virus. This follows the 11 March assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO) that COVID-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.

IMO discusses about Arctic region issues

Arctic Council came in contact with Heike Deggim, Director of IMO’s Maritime Safety Division and discussed about IMO’s interest in the Arctic region and how it engages with the Arctic Council and current projects that is working on.

IMO postpones meetings following COVID-19 outbreak

In light of the COVID-19 global outbreak, IMO decided to postpone its meetings. In fact, this decision came following United Kingdom’s action to “delay” the phase of its coronavirus action plan and of course due to the increased travel restrictions and difficulties that delegates will face in order to attend the IMO gatherings.