This update follows on our previous newsletter on COVID-19 “Update Volume 2020/10 Update: Coronavirus – Romania”, published on the NNPC website on 1 April 2020.
The corona virus has resulted in precautionary measures and various imposed restrictions virtually in all countries all over the world. In many countries, all commercial air traffic is no longer permitted. With respect to crew changes, it will need to be taken into account that this will be possible to a very limited extent. Members are therefore advised to stay in close contact with their local agents in relation to the current restrictions of that specific country or port.
- Spain: The Spanish government has meanwhile requested approval to extend the state of emergency from April 12 to April 26. In view of the latest developments in Spain, this is likely to be extended. For the time being, all Spanish port remain open for regular cargo operations However, all stevedores and other persons boarding vessel will wear protective equipment and will respect the 1.5 meter rule. If one of the crewmember has corona symptoms, this must be reported immediately to the port authorities.
- France: France confirmed on April 13 that the lock-down will be extended until May 11. We understand from our French correspondent that the cargo operations will continue in all ports, however, the stevedores respect strict use of the protective equipment and these are limited available. If these are not available, the cargo operations could be delayed or may not even take place. Vessels are requested to have at least their own protective equipment on board and, where possible, to bring extras.
- Romania: The Romanian government has temporarily curtailed exports of agricultural products through a regulation. Until May 16, 2020, no export is possible of wheat, barley, oats, corn, rice, wheat flour, soy, sunflower, seed oils, sugar and other bakery and pastry products.
- Caribbean (ABC islands, Colombia, Cuba, Panama, Venezuela etc.)
Our correspondent Cariconsult International has provided us with a comprehensive update of all travel restrictions in the countries (30+) in which they operate. Here you can find the update of April 7, 2020.
For the latest updates for specific countries and ports, we recommend consulting the Bimco and Gac website. Naturally, members are advised to request updates from their local agent in question on a regular basis.
For specific questions, our members can always contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.