USCG – Novel Coronavirus update
The US Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin MSIB 02-20 (Change 1) entitled ‘Novel Coronavirus – Update’. Among other things, it states that the Coast Guard considers it a hazardous condition under 33 CFR 160.216 if a crewmember who was in Iran or China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau) within the past 14-days is brought aboard the vessel during transit. This requires immediate notification to the nearest Coast Guard COTP. (3/9/20)
Our correspondent Antarica Group have provided the following update regarding the risk of Coronavirus spreading in Russian ports.
A correspondent has provided the following update regarding recent practices at Turkish ports.
Correspondents GAC Dubai has provided the following update regarding vessel crew changes and disembarking restrictions at Abu Dhabi and Saudi ports.
Our correspondent GAC has provided the attached update regarding the latest Visa/Travel restrictions issued by Bureau of Immigration in India.
Correspondents O.F. Gollcher & Sons Ltd has provided the following update regarding measures adopted by the main Black Sea ports against COVID-19.
COVID 19 - Latest Instruction related to Passenger Vessels, Vessels Carrying Passengers, Service Boats and Crew Changes
Correspondents O.F. Gollcher & Sons Ltd has provided the following update regarding Passenger Vessels, Vessels Carrying Passengers, Service Boats and Crew Changes issued by the authorities in Malta.
2nd Update - Novel Coronavirus: Measures being taken by Korean Authorities at Korean ports in respect to COVID-19
Our correspondent Avast has provided the following update regarding the latest measures taken by Korean authorities in Korean ports
The UK Club has recieved the following update from our Correspondents Budd Group regarding a slight relaxation of SPRO requirements.
Mawani: Precautions and protections to prevent the outbreak of the Coronavirus, COVID-19 - (09/03/2020)
Mawani, Saudi Ports Authority have issued the following circular regarding the precautions needed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers
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).
The coronavirus outbreak is causing concerns for the cruise industry, but this is of course not the first time the industry has been faced with a breakout of a viral infection onboard. Members may find our Victoria Brown’s 2015 article, “People Claims - Norovirus on board” in which she discussed the Judge’s decision in Nolan -v- TUI UK Ltd (2015), of particular interest.
We have put in place temporary flexible working arrangements for our staff to avoid the worst of the rush hour in compliance with the Japanese Government’s recommendation for preventing spread of infection of Coronavirus.
The Club would like to draw Members’ attention to recent increases in fines for ship-source pollution under Greek Environmental Law. These increases, which are substantial, have been introduced via Presidential Decrees 113/2019 and 108/2019 to bring Greek environmental legislation in line with EU Directives 2005/35 and 2009/123.
Non-Compliant Fuel Carriage Ban
From 1st March 2020, carriage ban on non-compliant fuel oil will enter into force. This means that ships can no longer carry non-compliant fuel on-board unless the same is carried as cargo. Any non-compliant fuel remaining on-board must be removed from the vessel’s fuel tanks failing which there will be a de-facto non-compliance even if such fuel was not intended to be used for consumption. The Carriage Ban does not apply to vessels fitted with operational scrubbers.
As there is a wide variety of liquid cargoes carried and many different types of ships involved, the subject of sampling is very wide. This article deals with the general principles of how to ascertain the apparent order and condition of liquid goods when they are shipped and, just as importantly, how to preserve the evidence.