Recommendations for preventing the spread of infection:

The WHO's standard recommendations for the general public to reduce exposure to and transmission of a range of illnesses are as follows, which include hand and respiratory hygiene, and safe food practices:

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;

  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissues away immediately and wash hands;

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough;

  • If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;

  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;

  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

A policy of 'social distancing' is being promoted by many governments in order to reduce unnecessary contact with others. Other nations, including Italy, Spain and the UK and US, have implemented regional lockdowns in an attempt to contain the disease.
 

NEW PUBLICATION - Safeguarding the workforce
 

This document, written by the TT Club, offers guidance for those operating in UK ports during the Covid-19 pandemic - download here. 


Advice for Members

The Club is in close contact with its local correspondents on how the above measures are affecting shipping and is monitoring the situation as it develops. Any updates received will be published in the feed below.

This is an incredibly fast-changing situation and Members are advised to check local current advice in the first instance. Conditions change on a daily basis during a contagious disease outbreak.

Owners should always follow health guidelines to prevent the spread of illness and not expose crew or spread disease. Loss prevention measures will vary by disease and may involve preventive vaccinations, vessel disinfections, limitations on crew or passenger shore leave, ability to obtain ship supplies, restrictions on the treatment of sewage or wastewater or even require cancellation of port calls. 

We have prepared the following FAQs to help guide Members on the most common questions asked regarding the impact of COVID-19 and the operation of Club cover.

Read our FAQs


Date: 07/04/2020
The International Group has today launched a new publicly accessible online digital tool to assist shipowners, charterers, operators and other parties in the maritime sector track country and port specific advice around the world, detailing the measures being put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  These are uncertain times as the COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for the industry and society at large.  

Club Updates

21/05/2020
In the age of remote working, online fraud is as prevalent as it's ever been. With numerous Covid-19 related scams circulating online and email channels, Signum take a look at what Members can do to keep their guard up and protect themselves from fraud. 
24/03/2020
The recent worldwide outbreak of Covid-19 (coronavirus) has affected the availability of crew and opportunity for crew changes within the global fleet. Travel restrictions and additional screening have compounded the issue. 

Further Links and Information


Partner News

Date: 05/03/2020
In response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, this Guidance has been produced by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to support all types of ships which operate in international waters. The purpose is to help shipping companies follow advice provided by United Nations agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), as well as the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
Date: 27/03/2020
The UK Club's network partners, the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), have issued the following advice for seafarers and shipping companies on coronavirus.

Thomas Miller Office Closures and Business Continuity

Office closures (subject to change as the situation develops)

Working arrangements for each office are below.

London:

Office will be closed from Thursday 19th March until further notice, staff will be working from home during this period.

Piraeus:

As the local situation in Greece has continued to improve, our colleagues in Piraeus are returning to the office on a 50/50 basis from Monday 1st June to ensure we continue to practise social distancing by limiting the number of employees in the office at any one time. No external visitors will be permitted. Our Hong Kong team will continue to deliver the same excellent level of service whether they are working in the office or remotely.

Rotterdam:

Office will be closed from Thursday 19th March until further notice, staff will be working from home during this period.

New Jersey:

Office will be closed from Thursday 19th March until further notice, staff will be working from home during this period.

San Francisco: 

Office will be closed from Thursday 19th March until further notice, staff will be working from home during this period.

Tokyo:

Office will be closed from Friday 27th March until further notice, staff with be working from home during this period. The Tokyo office is planning to open on a 50/50 basis from July 1st 2020. 

Imabari

As the local situation in Japan has continued to improve, our colleagues in Imabari are returning to the office on a 50/50 basis from Monday 1st June to ensure we continue to practise social distancing by limiting the number of employees in the office at any one time. No external visitors will be permitted. Our Hong Kong team will continue to deliver the same excellent level of service whether they are working in the office or remotely.

Shanghai:

As the situation continues to improve in China, our Shanghai office has now reopened and is operating with normal opening times, Mon-Fri 09:00 - 17:30 CST.

Hong Kong:

We are pleased to confirm that our Hong Kong office will be fully reopening from Monday 29th June. This follows the relaxation of public gatherings by local authorities, which, teamed with a successful phased reopening over the last few months, gives us the confidence to press ahead with the full reopening. While the office will be fully repoened, it will be the decision of the each of our colleagues to decide whether they feel it is safe to return in their personal situation. 

Singapore

Office will be closed from Thursday 2nd April until further notice, staff will be working from home during this period.

Business Continuity and Managing Risk

Please click here for our latest business continuity and Managing Risk statement. 



National guidelines & information

Africa - Continent McLeans Africa Region Update 31/03/2020
Algeria Correspondent update on port restrictions  

Argentina

Latest Updates from Pandi Liquidadores SRL

RISK ALERTS - HIDROVIA - Argentina Visas

20/04/2020

26/02/2020

Aruba Ports closed to cruise vessels 20/03/2020
Australia

ASMA Marine Notice 2020/02 - Extension of validity of Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) certificates

ABF Commercial Vessel Advice 20 March 2020

Messaging for cruise ship travellers

Advice for commercial vessels

Isolation advice

Information sheet for international travellers

General Manager Direction to Masters of all Ships (Queensland) - International Vessels

Maximum period of shipboard service for seafarers during COVID-19 pandemic 

27/03/2020

20/03/2020

17/03/2020

17/03/2020

15/03/2020

15/03/2020

15/03/2020

Bangladesh

Chittagong Port Authority Emergency Circular

Postponement of crew change of marchant ships in Chittagong port

Foreign ships at Chattogram to be quarantined for 16 days

24/03/2020

21/03/2020

22/03/2020

Brazil

Coronavirus: Preventive health measures in Brazilian ports and airports

Brazil P&I Circular 24th March

Preventative measures in Brazilian ports and airports - Proinde

20/04/2020

24/03/2020

21/03/2020

Bulgaria Covid-19 update on port status - Fidelitas Ltd 26/03/2020
Cameroon Cameroon borders closed as of 18th March, 2020 - Budd Cameroon 23/03/2020
Canada

Canadian ports remain open amidst the pandemic

Update on foreign crew members

25/03/2020

19/03/2020

Chile

General update on situation in Chile - Cave & Cia Ltda

Chilean National Customs Services - Circular No.120

Chilean National Customs Services - EXEMPT RESOLUTION No. 1179

13/04/2020

26/03/2020

18/03/2020

China

Latest updates on crew changes in Chinese ports

China MSA: Guidance on the Prevention and Control of Covid-19 Onboard (Version 2.0)

Oasis P&I: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

21/04/2020

16/04/2020

03/04/2020

Croatia

Law Firm Kacic & Brbora: Covid-19 pandemic measures and regulations introduced in republic of Croatia concerning maritime transport, port restrictions and seafarers

20/04/2020

Denmark Denmark closes its borders from noon tomorrow until April 13th 25/03/2020
Dominican Republic

E&M International Consulting, S.R.L - Bulletin

Restrictions regarding neighbouring countries

18/02/2020

26/02/2020

Egypt

Suez Canal - No current restrictions, seafarers are adviced to follow the following ICS guidelines - Master will have to make following declaration attached and state any crew with temperatures above 37.5C.

Covid-19 Update - Egyptian Ports - MESCO

01/04/2020

16/03/2020

France

Budd France: Covid-19 Situation Update 25th March

Budd France: Covid-19 Situation Update 19th March

Gouvernement FR - Coronavirus Info

25/03/2020

19/03/2020

Fujairah Port of Fujairah - Notice to Mariners 271 30/01/2020
Ghana Budd Ghana: Covid-19 update 22/03/2020
Greece Shipserv, International - Covid-19 Pandemic - Greek response 16/03/2020
India

Update on Operational Scenario for Tanker Vessels arriving Pan Indian Ports - as on 13th April 2020 / GAC India

Update on Operational Scenario for Dry Cargo Vessels arriving Pan Indian Ports - as on 13th April 2020 / GAC India

Guidelines to be implemented about movement of persons and vehicles

FM Kakinada Anchorage Port - Force Majeure Declared

Indian port status as of 27th March: Some ports declared Force Majeure

SOP Quarantine Procedures

13/04/2020

13/04/2020

12/04/2020

31/03/2020

27/03/2020

19/03/2020

Indonesia South East Asia Port Implications - SPICA Circular 18/03/2020
Iraq Correspondent Advisory - GAC 23/02/2020

Italy

Current situation in Italy - Studio Legale Vaudo Paggini & C

Samer & Co - Update on Covid-19 Actions

Coronavirus - The text of the dpcm on the closure of commercial activities

23/03/2020

18/03/2020

11/03/2020

Ivory Coast Covid-19: Confinement & Sanitary Inspections in Abidjan, Ivory Coast 26/03/2020
Korea

2nd Update - Novel Coronavirus: Measures being taken by Korean Authorities at Korean ports in respect to COVID-19

 
Kuwait

ITS/MTD Circular 3/2020

ITS/MTD Circular 3/2020 - Exemption 2

Covid-19 - Kuwait update - March 2020

25/02/2020

26/02/2020

Liberia Liberia Maritime Authority - Marine Advisory 31/01/2020
Malaysia South East Asia Port Implications - SPICA Circular 18/03/2020
Malta

Covid-19 situation update from O.F. Gollcher & Sons Ltd - March

26/03/2020

Marshall Islands Marine Safety Advisory 05-20 31/01/2020
Mexico

Circular Covid-19 in Mexican Ports - Update (Pandi Nave 29th March)

29/03/2020

Morocco State of sanitary urgency declared - McLeans  
Myanmar South East Asia Port Implications - SPICA Circular 18/03/2020
Pakistan Update on Pakistani Ports 26/03/2020

Panama

Advisory to shipping No. A-15-2020

Panama Canal Update - Fernie PI

15/04/2020

24/03/2020

Philippines

South East Asia Port Implications - SPICA Circular

Philippine Shipping Update - Del Rosario Pandiphil Inc.

18/03/2020
Portugal

Stevedores Strikes at Portuguese Ports (Pinto Basto)

Covid-19 - Portugal containmnet - April 2020

06/04/2020

20/04/2020

Romania Update on the situation in Romania - Interservices S.A. 25/03/2020
Russia

Black Sea Ports of Russia adopt measures for Covid-19

New measures at Kavkaz and Taman Ports

Risk of coronavirus spreading in Russian Ports - March 2020

Measures adopted by the main Black Sea ports against COVID-19

19/03/2020

16/03/2020

13/03/2020

12/03/2020

Saudi Arabia

3 week curfew imposed on 23rd March (7pm - 6am)

Mawani: Precautions and protections to prevent the outbreak of the Coronavirus, COVID-19

23/03/2020

09/03/2020

Senegal

Curfew in effect from 20:00 to 06:00

Cruise Ships Banned from Senegal Ports

23/03/2020

16/03/2020

Singapore

South East Asia Port Implications - SPICA Circular

Ministry of Health - Updates on Local Situation

18/03/2020
South Africa

Shepstone & Wylie – Covid-19 lockdown and affected ports in South Africa

Africa Ports & Ships Newsletter - Covid-19

P&I Associates (Pty) Ltd - Update on Covid-19

Government Gazette Vol 657 - 18th March National Ports Act

South African Marine Safety Authority - Notice 15

South African Marine Safety Authority - Notice 14

South African Marine Safety Authority - Notice 13

Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa

27/03/2020

20/03/2020

18/03/2020

18/03/2020

17/03/2020

16/03/2020

16/03/2020

15/03/2020

South Korea

Novel Coronavirus: Measures being taken by Korean Authorities at Korean ports in respect to COVID-19

HS Corporation Update - March 2020

02/04/2020

02/03/2020

Spain

Hispania P&I - Covid-19 update 27th March

Hispania P&I - An update on the ongoing outbreak in Spain

27/03/2020

17/03/2020

Sri Lanka

Port of Columbo Status

The CASA ( Ceylon Association of Shipping Agents) have received a directive from the Additional Secretary to HE the President that a decision has been taken to temporarily suspend disembarkation of foreign seafarers with immediate effect and this will come in to effect from the 5th of July.

Henceforth, only direct bulk crew transfers carried out through exclusive charter flights and embarkation and disembarkation of Sri Lankan seafarers will be permitted. 

 

The restriction has been extended to be effect from 12th of July 2020 ,  please note the following update through CASA, 

  1. 1. All Agents have been informed to Clear  the foreign seafarer back log in Sri Lanka before 12th July
  2. 2. All those foreign seafarer's already in Sri Lanka  to be made to sign on to a ship or repatriated by air.
  3. 3. No foreign seafarers will be permitted to land by air or by ship after 12th July., as there will be no further extensions permitted, 
  4. 4. Direct bulk crew transfers and repatriation of Sri Lankan seafarers will be permitted with NO RESTRICTIONS. 

Kindly note that the  BIA ( Bandaranaike International Airport) is scheduled to commence operations from 15th of August 2020. 

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12/07/2020

Sudan COVID-19 / Port Sudan Update - Mutual Marine Services Al Mushtaraka Ltd 02/04/2020
Thailand South East Asia Port Implications - SPICA Circular 18/03/2020
Togo

COVID-19: Precautionary Measures in Lomé, Togo

24/03/2020

Tunisia

Budd: COVID-19: Courts Closed in Tunisia: Arabic / English

Budd Tunisia Covid-19 Circular: Arabic / English

20/03/2020

13/03/2020

Turkey

ErsoyBilgehan Lawyers and Consultants - Turkey: Law suspending the procedural deadlines is now published in the official gazette

Metropole - Coronavirus (new COVID-19) Outbreak and Recent Practices at Turkish ports

New Coronavirus (new COVID-19) Outbreak and Recent Practices at Turkish ports

27/03/2020

04/03/2020

12/03/2020

UAE

FTA Circular on Crew Changes

Port Notice - Suspension of Crew Change

GAC Update - Government restrictions affecting crew

05/04/2020

17/03/2020

22/03/2020

Ukraine

Dias Marine Consulting - No crew changes in Ukrainian ports

Dias Marine Consulting - Update on the situation in Ukraine

24/03/2020

13/03/2020

United Kingdom

UK Government - Coronavirus response

 

Uruguay

Update on the measures in Uruguay for the control of the Covid-19 pandemia

24/03/2020

USA

COVID 19 - Updated USCG Extension Policy - MSIB Number 14-20

Royston Rayzor - Update on Texas Ports

San Francisco Port Survey 25th March (Cox, Wootton, Lerner, Griffin & Hansen LLP)

Requirements in Lower Mississippi River, New Orleans

California under 'Stay at Home' order and Covid-19 ressources: Keesal, Young & Logan

Seattle and and Tacoma Maritime and Court Operations During Covid-19 Outbreak

16/04/2020

31/03/2020

25/03/2020

23/03/2020

21/03/2020

19/03/2020

Venezuela

Pandi Venezuela Newsletter - 13th March

Pandi Venezuela Newsletter - 16th March

INEA - Circular 010 (Spanish)

13/03/2020

16/03/2020

17/03/2020

Vietnam

Maritime Administration of Hai Phong

Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health

South East Asia Port Implications - SPICA Circular

07/02/2020

06/02/2020

18/03/2020

Yemen Gulf Agency Co - Ports of Balhaf, Mukha, Ras Isa remain closed. Ports of Aden, Rudhum, Mukalla, Ash Shihr, Nishtun, Hodeidah and Saleef remain operational as normal.  26/05/2020



ISWAN: Managing Your Mental Health During the Covid 19 Pandemic - A guide for seafarers


Emergency Contacts


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