21 guests onboard Grand Princess, COVID-19 positive

Following the ongoing COVID-19 situation, 21 people onboard “Grand Princess” cruise ship have been infected by the virus. Several days ago, the cruise vessel’s passengers were inside their cabins, waiting for the tests results.

At the moment, Grand Princess remains about ten miles off the coast of San Francisco, waiting to receive permission to dock at Port of Oakland, by the US authorities.

As the ship’s owner, Princess Cruises informed, more than 3.500 are onboard, including 2.422 guests and...


Costa Fortuna will call Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) confirm that the Singapore-based Costa Fortuna will arrive at Singapore, as one of the scheduled calls made by cruise ships at the terminals.

MPA Singapore reports that the cruise ship began its ourney from Singapore disinfected, while all the passengers onboard had completed pre-embarkation checks based on prevailing policies for travel history and temperature screening as required by the cruise line and the...


Debunking 7 myths around COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak is worrying people around the globe resulting to assumptions and myths. Therefore, the World Health Organization published seven myths around the outbreak, providing an explanation of why these assumptions are not real and what are the steps to follow to be safe.

#1 Cold weather and snow cannot kill the new coronavirus.

It is reported that the COVID-19 cannot be extinguished by cold weather. The normal human body temperature remains around 36.5°C to 37°C, despite the...


ICS Issues New Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance For Shipping Industry

Coronavirus Guideline

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued brand new guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The comprehensive 22-page document has been produced in collaboration with prominent international bodies including:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO)
  • The International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
  • The International Maritime Health Association (IMHA)

Among a raft of...


WHO Warns of Surgical Mask Shortage As the Coronavirus Spreads!

  • As China Coronavirus cases become stable concerns rise in other countries especially South Korea and Iran, says WHO
  • the death percentage from COVID19 is around 4% which is higher than seasonal flu rate and it varies according to the country you are in
  • Surgical masks use have increased six-fold due to the coronavirus outbreak and soon there will be a shortage
  • WHO has instructed governments to increase production and decrease the price of surgical masks.

In a  major development, the World Health...


How A Shipowner Must Navigate Through COVID-19?

  • CCDCP revealed that the fatality rate of those positively tested for coronavirus increases with age.
  • People between 10-39 have a 0.2% rate of dying and rose to 3.6% in the 60-69 group.
  • It rose to 8% among those aged 70 to 79 and 14.8% in their 80s or older.
  • Nautilus reported that crew members have to taken care of by the owners.
  • Only persons cleared by port authorities will be allowed onboard.
  • The virus may affect shipbuilding causing delays to both yards and shipowners.
  • Force majeure is...


BIMCO: COVID-19 And Its Consequences On Shipbuilding Contracts


The spread of the COVID-19 virus is causing significant issues in the shipbuilding industry, but English law has no general concept of force majeure, and this is a key factor in the relationship between shipyards and shipowners.

Shipyards are facing disruption to newbuilding, repair and conversion projects due to the impact of the virus on their labour force and the ability of their subcontractors to meet their commitments to supply materials and equipment necessary for the completion of such...


El transporte marítimo pierde 320 millones a la semana por el coronavirus

La International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) cifra en 350 millones de dólares a la semana (unos 320 millones de euros) en ingresos perdidos el impacto del coronavirus en el transporte marítimo mundial. El impacto del virus en el transporte ha sido “sustancial”, afirma la institución en un comunicado. Más de 350.000 contenedores han sido retirados del comercio mundial. Las cadenas de suministro mundiales “siguen sufriendo y siguen existiendo problemas en torno a las cuarentenas de buques en los...


American Club Member Alert (Feb 27, 2020) re- Covid-19 guidance now in traditional and simplified Mandarin

American Club Member Alert (Feb 27, 2020) re- Covid-19 guidance now in traditional and simplified Mandarin

FEBRUARY 27, 2020
The Club’s recent publication, Infectious Diseases: Charter Party and Other Contractual Considerations, is now available in both simple and traditional Mandarin.  It can be accessed at the website link below, which contains a range of information and updates on infectious diseases, including the COVID-19 virus at:


China Takes Additional Steps To Combat Ship Pollution

  • China to apply ship pollution prevention measures.
  • Operators should be aware of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on the Prevention and Control of Marine Pollution from Ships.
  • Owners/Operators should also be aware of the requirement that any ship carrying polluting and hazardous cargoes in bulk.
  • Ship above 10,000 GT needs to enter into a pollution clean-up contract with a Ship Pollution Response Organisation (SPRO) before entering a PRC port.
  • The PRC Maritime Safety Agency’s new Measures of...


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