Covid-19: Shipping requirements, restrictions, rules and policies at Australian ports

On this page you will find Federal and State Restrictions in regards to Covid-19. You will also find a link to policies from international bodies such as the International Maritime Organization.

Important: please read the Federal Restrictions first and then read whichever set of State or Territory Restrictions that you are interested in as if they were one set of rules. It is meaningless to read either the Federal or the State/Territory rules in isolation from the other. So, if you are...

Project cargoes keep AAL’s ships calling US Gulf ports

Project cargoes may not be the fastest movers on the high seas, but they have proved much less volatile than the U.S. container trades during the coronavirus pandemic.

Christophe Grammare, commercial director, AAL Shipping (Photo: Courtesy)

Singapore-based AAL Shipping, one of the world’s largest marine project cargo carriers with 25 vessels, has witnessed a steady increase in ship sailings involving the transport of large capital equipment from Asia to U.S. ports during the first half of 2020....

Crew crisis to trigger ship detentions and diversions

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Around 200,000 seafarers still can’t get home due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. Expired and extended crew contracts are piling up. Now, some port inspectors are beginning to balk and detain arriving vessels. 

“We are not just talking about a humanitarian crisis. This is turning into something that has a real impact on the global supply chain,” warned Belal Ahmed, chairman of the International Maritime Employers Council (IMEC), during a webinar presented by Capital Link on Wednesday.

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COVID19 Shows How Shipping’s Low Public Profile Affects Seafarers’ Repatriation

Governments prioritize on opening bars and getting stranded tourists home over solving the ongoing crew crisis, and that shows the nerve of trade at the moment, writes David Osler, Lloyd’s List Finance Editor, who specializes in White Collar Shipping Services.In an opinion piece published in Lloyd’s List, Osler writes that “for too many governments, reopening bars is a higher priority than sending stranded crews back home, and that is morally unacceptable”
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MPA Supported 50$m Investment for Singapore Maritime Startups

According to a Strait Times report, Enterprise Singapore (ESG) investment arm Seeds Capital, together with six appointed co-investment partners, will pump a combined $50 million into more than 50 maritime technology start-ups in Singapore.

MPA Supported Co-investment

The co-investment initiative is supported by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore. Seeds Capital and the appointed partners will invest in start-ups that develop solutions to improve operational efficiency and safety across...;amp;

Seafarers still stranded at sea — and more test positive


Shipping groups and seafarer unions are desperately trying to convince governments to allow crew the right to transit after work contracts expire. Most governments still haven’t listened. An estimated 200,000 crew remain stranded at sea, unable to get back to their homes after their initial work contracts expired.

It will be even harder to convince governments to allow seafarers passage through their ports and airports if more shipboard outbreaks occur. And while still relatively rare, new...

Mumbai and Goa stage cruise ship crew transfers

Between 14th-20th June over 5,500 Indian crew were signed off from three cruise ships at Mumbai and Goa in operations supervised by the J.M. Baxi group. Celebrity Infinity and Anthem of the Seas arrived at the Mumbai anchorage, where Covid-19 testing for about 4,550 crew was carried over the course of approximately 36 hours. Subsequently crew members belonging to states other than Goa were disembarked, while those for Goa were transferred from Anthem of the Seas to Celebrity Infinity, as Anthem...

Large MSC vessels call into King Abdullah Port

Making their first voyage to Saudi Arabia, the large new generation container ships MSC Gulsun, MSC Mia and MSC Sixin recently docked at King Abdullah Port in the Red Sea in the same week in June. The maiden calls from the three vessels, which are amongst the world’s largest container ships, “were received and handled efficiently”, according to a port statement. The three vessels have a capacity of around 23,750 teu and a draft of 16.5 m. Each has been designed to meet strict environmental...

DP World and Mawani launch new shipping line service

DP World and the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) have joined forces to launch the first direct container shipping line connecting UAE’s Jebel Ali Port in Dubai with Egypt’s Sokhna Port via Jeddah Islamic Port. The new shipping line, the fourth to be launched by Mawani in 2020, eventually aims to provide shipping services along the Red Sea coast.

In December last year DP World was awarded a 30-year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) concession by Mawani, for the management and development of the Jeddah...

Newbuilding delivered to Tristar

Dubai-based Tristar Group is starting to implement its US$166 million contract with Shell, following the delivery of a new chemical tanker from South Korean shipyard, Hyundai Mipo Dockyard. Solar Sharna was handed over on June 15th, on schedule despite the impact of Corona virus, with the completion being undertaken remotely using video conferencing, in a first for the group. Tristar was expected to take delivery of a sister vessel, Solar Nesrin, on June 30th.

Eugene Mayne, Group CEO of Tristar...