California requests USNS Mercy Hospital Ship against COVID-19 outbreak

Following the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the government of California wrote a letter to the Trump Administration requesting immediate deployment of the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship to the Port of Los Angeles until September 2020, so as to be prepared in response to the disease.

US Navy School closed after third COVID-19 case

The Training Support Command (TSC) San Diego reported its closure on March 14, after a third Sailor had been positively tested for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Specifically, the school stated that a sailor from USS Essex that was attending a course at Training Support Command (TSC) San Diego tested positive for COVID-19.

US suspends all travel from Europe amid COVID-19 pandemic

Following the WHO declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, US President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday suspension of all travel from 26 European countries to the United States for the next 30 days, in an effort to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. 

Department of State’s Travel issues coronavirus advisory

In light of the coronavirus situation, the US Department of State’s Travel issued an advisory, giving its recommendations to the region’s citizens in order to be protected. For the records, several organizations, such as the Standard Club or the ITF have also published guidelines, focusing on how to deal with the virus.

Coronavirus impacts trade market

Following the coronavirus outbreak, with several shipping companies skipping Chinese ports and many Chinese factories shutdown, trade market is passing a period of disruption. According to Bloomberg, physical supply chains are affected due to the above-mentioned situation.

US launches Red Sea maritime security advisory

The North P&I Club informed that the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued a maritime security advisory for the Red Sea. This comes after a maritime threat has been reported in the Red Sea near Yemen. Vessels are suggested to exercise caution when sailing through this area. 

IG Clubs: US sanctions on Venezuela and PdVSA

The International Group of P&I Clubs issued a circular providing an update on the US sanctions on the government of Venezuela and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA). On 5 August 2019, the US increased its sanctions programme against Venezuela, with the Executive Order 13884. 

Hurricane Dorian affects cruise lines and port operations

The Hurricane Dorian left damages behind, while passing the Bahamas, coasts of Florida and Mid-Atlantic states. The storm affected cruise itineraries, including heavy weather diversions, delays and cancellations. The storm is off Cape Fear, and it is expected to weaken as it heads offshore towards Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. 

Hurricane Dorian heads to Mid-Atlantic states

While Hurricane Dorian has already passed through the Bahamas causing major disruptions in the area, and also left Florida with little effect, Dorian is now heading for the Mid-Atlantic causing wind and rain to Georgia and the Carolinas.