Covid-19 was declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation on 11th March 2020, with nations all over the world taking extreme measures to contain or delay the spread of the virus. 

Recommendations for preventing the spread of infection:

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. 

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. 

06/04/2020
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has generated a significant number of enquiries and questions from Members in recent weeks. 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.

Thomas Miller Office Closures and Business Continuity

Office closures (subject to change as the situation develops)

From Thursday 19th March all our UK and Mainland European offices, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and US based offices will be working remotely until further notice, as will the Club's Japan branch in Tokyo from Friday 27th March. We will of course maintain the same high levels of service our Members have come to expect from the UK Club.

  • London:
    • Office will be closed from Thursday 19th March until further notice, staff will be working from home during this period.
  • Piraeus:
    • Office will be closed from Tuesday 17th March until further notice, staff will be working from home during this period.
  • 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.
  • Shanghai:
    • Office will be closed until Monday 13th April at the earliest, however staff will be working from home during this period.
  • Hong Kong:
    • Office will be closed until Monday 13th April at the earliest, however staff will be working from home during this period.
  • 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. 


Club Updates

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. 

Covid-19 Map of Global Port Restrictions

As borders around the world close and isolation becomes the norm, the Wilhelmsen Group have kindly provided the Club with the below map of ongoing global port restrictions to share with the Membership. The map is continually updated and is proving a valuable resource for shipowners.

https://wilhelmsen.com/ships-agency/campaigns/coronavirus/coronavirus-map/


International Chamber of Shipping Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers

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).

Law Firms - Legal Advice & Guidance

Clyde & Co - COVID-19 UK: Marine sector access to court and arbitration

Clyde & Co - The Novel Coronavirus – Insurance Considerations

Clyde & Co - Shipbuilding contractions – issues arising from COVID-19

DLA Piper - Guidance for businesses on the legal, regulatory and commercial implications of coronavirus COVID-19

DLA Piper - Going viral: the legal impact of coronavirus on force majeure events

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

Eversheds Sutherland - Fighting the Coronavirus - Key Legal Challenges and Solutions

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Coronavirus: Legal implications and practical considerations

Hill Dickinson - UK Ports and Coronavirus

Norton Rose Fulbright - Coronavirus outbreak: The legal implications

Reed Smith - Covid-19 Resource Centre


Advice from our Network Partners

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.

Industry Guidance


National guidelines / information:


Country

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

Argentina

RISK ALERTS - HIDROVIA - Argentina Visas

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

27/03/2020

20/03/2020

17/03/2020

17/03/2020

15/03/2020

15/03/2020

15/03/2020

Bangladesh

Postponement of crew change of marchant ships in Chittagong port

Foreign ships at Chattogram to be quarantined for 16 days

21/03/2020

22/03/2020

Brazil

Brazil P&I Circular 24th March

Preventative measures in Brazilian ports and airports - Proinde

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 20/03/2020
China

Oasis P&I: Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Huatai update

03/04/2020

17/03/2020

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

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 2nd April 2020 / GAC India

FM Kakinada Anchorage Port - Force Majeure Declared

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

SOP Quarantine Procedures

02/04/2020

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 Panama Canal Update - Fernie PI 24/03/2020
Philippines

South East Asia Port Implications - SPICA Circular

Philippine Shipping Update - Del Rosario Pandiphil Inc.

18/03/2020
Portugal Covid-19 - Portugal containmnet - March 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 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 27/03/2020
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

Port Notice - Suspension of Crew Change

GAC Update - Government restrictions affecting crew

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

Uruguay

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

24/03/2020

USA

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

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

Emergency Contacts


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