The new coronavirus (COVID-19) has cost the lives of more than 2,031,000 while confirmed cases exceed 95,000,000. Although coronavirus started in China in early 2020, now it has spread all over the world, with the US accounting for the most deaths. Also, Europe, South America and India top the list with the regions affected significantly.
ISWAN shares the insight of Dr Sue Stannard, Consultant at the Norwegian Centre of Maritime and Diving Medicine, who explains the current challenges the shipping industry faces due to COVID-19 and provides advice on how to manage close contacts onboard.
In light coronavirus outbreak, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines informed that seven crew members onboard its bulker “Vega Dream” have been tested positive for COVID-19.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) established the Seafarer Crisis Action Team (SCAT) in efforts to resolve the crew change crisis. IMO’s SCAT focused on contacting representatives from national governments, NGOs, trade unions or relevant associations, or orienting seafarers towards the right organisation, to find solutions.
The new coronavirus (COVID-19) has cost the lives of more than 1,055,000 while confirmed cases exceed 36,000,000. Although coronavirus started in China in early 2020, now it has spread all over the world, with the US accounting for the most deaths. Also, Europe, South America and India top the list with the regions affected significantly.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) issued a new circular including attached guidance which provides a framework for harmonizing public health measures implemented by States in order to facilitate passenger and repatriation flights using Public Health Corridors (PHC) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The US Coast Guard continues to evaluate the impact of the COVID-19 impact to the maritime industry and mariners in order to take action needed to ensure the continuity of the Maritime Transportation System (MTS).
Following the allegations that crewmembers onboard the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship were positive, TUI Cruises issued a statement announcing that the Greek authorities confirmed that there are no cases of the virus aboard the cruise ship and that the cruise can proceed as planned.
The US Coast Guard published its Maritime Health & Wellness journal, highlighting importance of health and wellness for mariners because they are essential to the safety, security, and efficiency of the marine transportation system.
Version 5 of the Singapore Crew Change Guidebook has been published, reflecting updates in the latest Port Marine Circular No. 38.
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