IMO calls for seafarers to be designated as “key workers” during COVID-19

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Ships and ports need to remain fully operational in order to maintain complete functionality of supply chains..

Governments and their relevant national authorities should therefore engage with appropriate stakeholders within their national shipping and ports sectors to discuss arrangements for the continued facilitation of international maritime trade, including port hinterland connections..

This is one of the recommendations of the IMO alongwith recommendations that seafarers be designated as “key workers providing essential services” during the COVID-19 pandemic allowing them exemptions from national travel or movement restrictions in order to facilitate their joining or leaving ships..

Is your country already following or about to follow this especially when you are under lockdown with COVID-19..?? Let’s take a quick survey shall we..??

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COVID-19 Update – Transnet Port Terminals declare Force Majeure

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On the 23rd of March 2020, the President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa declared a nationwide lock-down as of the midnight of Thursday 26th March 2020..

The lockdown is part of South Africa’s bid to contain and slow down the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19 in the country and enforces a total lockdown on all services with exception of essential services as defined in the Regulations issued on the 25th of March 2020..

In line with these regulations, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) announced that they will remain operational to support the transportation of essential goods and services as well as those goods and services that support the production or provision of those essential goods and services to the country..

Citing the unforeseen impact of COVID-19 as beyond their control, TPT has advised their customers that they are invoking the provisions of the Force Majeure clauses in TPT’s commercial agreements and Standard Trading Terms and Conditions..

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COVID-19 – How to manage working from home

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As per reports, currently all countries in the world are affected by COVID-19 some worse than others..

As per BBC reports “The WHO said it took more than three months to reach the first 100,000 confirmed cases worldwide, but only 12 days to reach 200,000, four days to reach 300,000 and three days to reach 400,000.”

While preventive measures are essential, the concept of having to work from home, social distancing and isolation brings with it new challenges for both the employees and employers on how this must all be handled..

No one in the world was prepared for such a separation..

Even in the businesses of shipping, freight, maritime, logistics and supply chain which are considered as essential services around the world, many people are working from home due to this pandemic..

If you are one of the millions of people working from home due to this pandemic here are some pointers on how to manage it effectively..

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COVID-19 Pandemic – Supply Chain impact survey and results

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If you are from the Supply Chain industry and are active in global shipping and logistics we need your assistance and professional insights..

As we have seen, the COVID-19 pandemic that came into the limelight in December 2019 has now spread to every country around the world.. This has caused major economic and social disruptions with far reaching impacts on global supply chains..

In order to achieve a unified approach and to help the community/industry understand and fight the pandemic, we need your assistance and professional insights.. Your insights will help us to help you in understanding more about the pandemic and how we as an industry can all work together to get through this pandemic as soon as possible..

We have set up a short survey sponsored by Ocean Insights –  The Container Tracking Data Provider to analyze the Impact on the industry and its Preparedness to the COVID-19 pandemic.. Your responses to the survey are imperative in determining the way forward for global supply chains..

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How shipping containers can help in tackling COVID-19

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Hospitals made from shipping containers could help tackle COVID-19

  • Architects have designed intensive care units built inside shipping containers.
  • These mobile hospitals could help ease pressure on health systems.
  • The team behind CURA wants to scale rapidly to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in Africa.

An Italian design company has teamed up with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create prefabricated intensive care units (ICUs), to deal with escalating numbers of coronavirus patients around the world.

Coronavirus patients with access to hospital equipment, in particular ICU beds, have a much greater chance of survival. With 377,431 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on 24 March, health systems around the world are groaning under the strain.

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Ocean Insights releases key data on the effects of COVID-19 on global port calls

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COVID-19 the pandemic that came into the limelight in December 2019 has now spread to every country around the world. This has caused major economic and social disruptions with far reaching impacts on global supply chains..

One of the key issues is the impact COVID-19 is having on port calls and particularly, the issue of blank sailings..

Ocean Insights has released some key data on the effects of COVID-19 on global port calls alongwith a free tracker to monitor blank sailings..

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COVID-19 – Transnet announces measures for state lockdown

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As of midnight of the 26th of March 2020, South Africa’s coronavirus COVID-19 figure was 927 confirmed cases with no casualties..

Today, 27th March 2020 is Day 1 of the 21 day State lockdown announced by President Mr.Cyril Ramaphosa on the 23rd March in order to contain the spread of the virus..

As part of this lockdown, Transnet has finalised and announced a series of measures to ensure throughput of essential services in line with the Maritime Security Regulations and Directives..

Here is what they had to say..

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Coronavirus COVID-19 and Bill of Lading

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Last year, I asked a question “Electronic bill of lading – are you and your country ready for it..??”..

This question could not be more relevant TODAY, considering the current circumstances, and the impact COVID-19 on the shipping and freight industry..

An electronic paperless bill of lading is a bill of lading issued electronically instead of being printed on paper and issued physically to the customer as a hard copy..

Whether using an electronic paperless bill of lading issued on the back of a Blockchain based platform or a Bolero based platform, these electronic bill of lading options are said to fulfill the functions in the same manner as a traditional paper bill of lading..

Many believe that the electronic bill of lading will be a game changer in the shipping industry with faster, efficient transactions, reduction in costs with greater security and less risk..

However, there were concerns on the issue of safety, security and acceptability relating to the transmission and receipt of electronic paperless bill of lading and in several cases it was required to check whether the carrier and country were ready for electronic paperless bill of lading..

Currently, we are in a unique moment in history where as per reports, COVID-19 has affected all countries around the world.. And this my friends is a time when almost all shipping lines and customers would be wishing that they had access to Electronic Paperless Bills of Lading..

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Office Workspace guidelines for COVID-19 by BIMCO

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak started as a locally circulating infection associated with Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market but has since developed into the current pandemic.

To assist the shoreside of the maritime industry in taking appropriate protective measures at office workplaces, BIMCO has issued below guidelines intended to help shipping companies avoid spreading of the disease at offices and office buildings.

BIMCO has produced posters that can be easily printed and used at offices to help guide members of staff and visitors.

We all have a shared responsibility in containing this outbreak and promoting a sense of awareness amongst ourselves and others. We hope that these guidelines will spread the message that basic human acts can go a long way in protecting each other as well as containing the spread of this disease.

Please feel free to share these guidelines throughout the industry.

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COVID-19 – South Africa to go on lockdown from midnight of 26th March

COVID-19 South Africa - Shipping and Freight Resource

Further to the various updates on COVID-19 with regards to South Africa, in a Presidential announcement on 23rd March, the President Mr.Cyril Ramaphosa announced a further series of measures to contain the spread of the virus..

This includes a 21 day lock down of the country starting from midnight of 26th March 2020.. The full announcement from the President is as below..

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