In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Transport Canada issued a bulletin concerning the mobility of asymptomatic workers in the shipping sector. Specifically, according to the bulletin, exemption is provided allowing Marine Sector Workers who have to travel to Canada to perform their duties, to board an international flight destined to Canada.
A major port in Argentina’s northern Rosario announced the suspension of its port activities in efforts to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19, which spiked criticism from grain exporting firms and processors in the farm country.
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.
Following the majority of the countries worldwide, Russia issued guidelines on how its shipping sector is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The North P&I Club informed that Egypt issued guidelines concerning the coronavirus pandemic, providing information and news on the port developments and guidelines that have been implemented.
The United States Coast Guard issued another update concerning its COVID-19 statement on March 16, adding more countries to the US’ restrictions, following WHO’s statement that the EU and the US are now the epicentre of the pandemic.
Maritime officials in Queensland, Australia have ordered all foreign trading ships to essentially self-quarantine before entering their ports due to the COVID-19 crisis. Vessels are advised to contact port authorities if crew member or passenger is showing any coronavirus symptoms that include fever, flu-like symptoms cough, sore throat, headache or difficulty breathing.
International maritime charity Sailors’ Society announced that is now offering to seafarers virtual chaplaincy as it stops its port activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Charity informs that is halts operations in all 90 ports, beginning for two weeks, in the light of the increased spread of the virus and the World Health Organization (WHO) activating an international state of emergency.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic and its rapid transmission, the United States Coast Guard issued an update to its Marine Safety Information Bulletin published on March 13, including restrictions implemented to more countries.
The Republic of Liberia issued a new, updated circular concerning the COVID-19 crisis, for the rapid recognition of the potential threat to seafarers and vessels calling at ports in countries directly or indirectly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
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