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.
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.
A new IMO video animation shows how aquatic organisms can build up on surfaces and structures exposed to the sea – a process known as biofouling.
IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, issued a statement on COVID-19, stressing the vital need to maintain commerce by sea and protect seafarers’ welfare.
Following the crisis around the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes and restrictions taking place in the shipping industry, the International Maritime Organization issued advice concerning seafarers’ certificates and endorsements.
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.
The Portuguese Maritime Administration issued a circular to to give some additional guidance regarding the procedure to be followed by Portuguese Flagged vessels in case of non-availability of compliant fuel-oil as prescribed by MARPOL Annex VI.
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.
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.
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.
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