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The Mission to Seafarers urges industry to recognise seafarers as international key workers during Covid-19 crisis

The Mission to Seafarers is highlighting the serious challenges faced by seafarers and calling for an urgent response. In support of a joint plea from the from International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers Federation, The Mission to Seafarers is uniting with other maritime charities to call for recognition of the role of seafarers in providing essential international trade during the COVID-19 pandemic, as outlined in a letter from the International Christian Maritime Association (ICMA) to the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization, Director General of the ...

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NYK’s Response to the Coronavirus

NYK to expand remote work option aiming to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection and ensuring the safety of employees working for NYK. – Outline of the New Remote Work Eligible Employee: Employees working at the Head Office and Branch Office Period: From March 27, 2020 to April 17, 2020 ※The date can be changed according to the situation. Working style: NYK will increase the number of days employees can work from home up to five days a week, which is currently limited three days a week. NYK ensures the ...

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India: Secondary metal producers crumble under lockdown, shipping cos add to woes

Secondary metal producers which cumulatively contribute to nearly half of India’s ferrous and non-ferrous metal consumption are facing a double-whammy due to the spread of coronavirus (Covid -19) in both, India and overseas. Since its outbreak in Wuhan city of China in December 2019, metal prices have declined by a massive 25-30 per cent. Since secondary metal producers had booked their raw material (metallic scrap) from overseas suppliers based on the prevailing price about three months ago, the subsequent decline in metal prices has made import of raw materials costlier. ...

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COVID-19 Personal Injury Protocol

A new ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) Personal Injury Protocol’ was launched in the UK on 24 March 2020 by Thompsons Solicitors and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), to ensure personal injury solicitors – both defendant and claimant – and insurers work together to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Given that there are currently hundreds of thousands of active personal injury claims in the UK, law firms and insurers are encouraged to sign up to the protocol to ensure neither the claimant or defendant to a personal injury claim is unfairly impacted ...

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A strong year of development for The Swedish Club

https://mailchi.mp/c5ffb2816b04/press-release-a-strong-year-of-development-for-the-swedish-club?e=29f75e9184 The Swedish Club announced a strong year of development to its Board yesterday, a year which saw healthy growth of free reserves and business volume increase. The Club made an operating result of USD 24.6 million supported by strong investment income. Investment alone generated a return just short of 10%. Free reserves stood at USD 228 million at the end of the accounting year. With a strong focus on underwriting, the year finished with a combined ratio of 106%, a demonstration of resilience in a challenging trading environment. Following ...

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Transnet to Prioritise Transportation of Essential Goods

In line with government’s call for a 21-day lockdown of the country in order to minimise the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Transnet SOC Ltd has taken the decision to scale down all of our transportation services and operations of non-essential cargo during the state lockdown. As Transnet, our primary concern continues to be the health and safety of our employees and the local communities in which we live and work. The services we render are also essential to the efficient functioning of our economy, more so in this time. ...

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Long Beach Port: Evening gates to start at 7 p.m., allows time for extra cleaning between shifts

Truck gate hours for the evening shift will start at 7 p.m., effective immediately, until further notice, at all terminals in the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. The evening shift – also known as the second shift — will also end one hour later, at 4 a.m. Scheduling the second shift to run from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m. will provide an extra hour for dockworkers to clean equipment between shifts. The Port of Long Beach is open and operating. Marine terminal operators decide which shifts to open ...

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Port Of La Spezia: A Systemic Offer Of Integrated Storage And Logistics Solutions

Starting from today, the North Tyrrhenian port system is faced with the challenge of managing thousands of TEUs coming into Northern Italy that cannot be delivered to companies now running in “non-essential” business mode for at least two weeks. It takes four weeks for ships from Asia to reach ports of the North Tyrrhenian Sea. Ports will now have to temporarily store a significant quantity of containers until the Government is able to relax its decree issued 22 March that closed all “non-essential” businesses due to the ongoing COVID-19 virus ...

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Bulgarian ports first in the Black Sea region to benefit from Wärtsilä Sea Traffic Management concept

The technology group Wärtsilä is assisting Bulgaria to become the first country in the Black Sea region with an integrated vessel traffic management and information system (VTMIS). The project represents a practical implementation of the Wärtsilä Sea Traffic Management (STM) concept, the global technology platform that enables ports and vessels to share information and work together in a collaborative environment. The Wärtsilä STM solution was delivered in December 2019 following the order placed in Q3 2019 by the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company (BPI Co.). Recently Wärtsilä launched the first commercial ...

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Port of Hamburg Marketing provides information on the effects of the coronavirus

The coronavirus has become a dominant global concern. A challenging situation to which everyone must adapt. The Port of Hamburg as well as its key market regions and inland supply chains are also affected by COVID-19. Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) collects all relevant news in cooperation with its worldwide representative offices, members and partners to keep port customers and the public up-to-date. Concentrated information from the market regions, member companies and partners can be found on our website. The website is already being used by more than 5,000 users ...

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LNG tankers build up around Indian ports after force majeure -shipping sources

Several fully-laden liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers are building up around ports in India after importers there declared force majeure earlier this week, according to shipping sources. Five LNG tankers have been flagged as floating storage off the western India coast, said Rebecca Chia, an analyst at data intelligence firm Kpler. “There is a build up (of LNG tankers) off India at the moment,” a shipbroker said. Source: Reuters (Reporting by Jessica Jaganathan; Editing by Tom Hogue) Vale Idles Malaysia Port, Declares Aid for Suppliers in Brazil Vale S.A VALE ...

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Nigeria imposes cargo vessel restrictions to curb coronavirus spread

Nigeria will only allow cargo vessels that have been at sea for more than two weeks to dock in its ports to prevent the spread of coronavirus, President Muhammadu Buhari said. Health experts fear a widespread outbreak in Africa’s most populous country of 200 million people which could overwhelm its creaking healthcare system. Nigeria has closed its land borders and international airports in the last week to curb the spread of the virus. Buhari said on Twitter he had issued a directive that “only cargo vessels that have been at ...

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Coronavirus – Port of Antwerp Taskforce Confirms: Supply Chains Still Working

The second meeting of the Port of Antwerp Covid-19 Taskforce was held this morning. It confirmed that the port continues to work perfectly as an essential link for the supply of Belgium and a large part of Europe. So far there has not been any drop in the volume of shipping, except for the expected fall in the number of arrivals from China. Various new members have joined the Taskforce, and several points for attention were defined. In particular the subject of “Green Lanes” was put forward in order to ...

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India’s Reliance seeks to sell MidEast crude cargoes in rare move

India’s Reliance Industries Ltd is seeking to sell some April-loading crude cargoes in a rare move as it plans to cut crude processing after the coronavirus pandemic hit global fuel demand, four sources said on Friday. The private refiner has offered various grades of Middle East crude for sale in Asia’s spot market, including grades such as Abu Dhabi’s Murban crude and Qatar’s al-Shaheen crude, the sources said. “Everything is possible if you are interested,” another source said. The company did not respond to a request for comment. Source: Reuters ...

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Unipec decides against lifting more Saudi crude in April – sources

Unipec, the trading arm of Asia’s largest refiner Sinopec, has decided against lifting more Saudi crude in April after freight rates surged, three sources familiar with the matter said. The refiner had initially asked for more Saudi oil after the world’s top exporter slashed prices for April-loading supplies, the sources said. However, freight rates for oil tankers surged and offset the large discounts on Saudi oil, making it less economical, they said. Also, Saudi Aramco was offering more light crude while Unipec’s preference was for medium and heavier grades, two ...

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