Covid-19 Outbreak

Since the first reported case on 31st December, 2019, an outbreak of a novel coronavirus has spread from its origins in Wuhan across China and internationally.  On 30th January, 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.  On 11th February, the disease was given an official name: “COVID-19".

The outbreak has very quickly had a significant impact on shipping and trade and has posed a number of contractual issues under charterparties, shipbuilding contracts and other commercial agreements. 

To guide our Members, we have prepared a number of contractual FAQs, which we will keep updated as the situation develops which can be downloaded here

Members may also refer to our country guide to preventative measures and restrictions imposed by individual ports:

Country Guide


Australia

  1. Australian guidance as at 04.02.2020
  2. Australian guidance as at 24.03.2020


Belgium

  1. Port of Antwerp March 2020


Brazil

  1. Overall update and air travel 21.03.2020



Cameroon

  1. Douala 06.02.2020
  2. Budd Group update 18.03.2020


China

  1. Huatai update, 03.02.2020
  2. Oasis P&I update, 29.01.2020

Dominican Republic

  1. Update at 06.03.2020


France

  1. BUDD Group update 16.03.2020


Fujairah (UAE)

  1. Port of Fujairah 20.01.2020


Ghana

  1. BUDD Group updated 22.03.2020


India

  1. Update 23.01.2020 
  2. Adani Ports Declaration of Force Majeure 24.03.2020
  3. Government of India Force Majeure Notice 24.03.2020


Liberia

  1. Marine Advisory 30.01.2020 


Malta

  1. The Superintendence of Public Health update 25.01.2020


Philippines

  1. Requirements for vessels arriving Philippines and POEA General Guidelines (Details on Seafarers) 04.03.2020
  2. Philippine Shipping Update – Manning Industry 16.03.2020
  3. Firm Announcement – Metro Manila under Community Quarantine 18.03.2020


Russia

  1. Update February 2020


Saudi Arabia

  1. Update 12.03.2020


Senegal

  1. BUDD Group update 14.03.2020


Singapore

  1. Maritime declaration of health, 01.02.2020 
  2. Extension of Precautionary Measures, 01.02.2020


South Africa

  1. South African Maritime Safety Authority - Marine Notice No. 13 of 16.03.2020
  2. South African Maritime Safety Authority - Marine Notice No. 14 of 16.03.2020
  3. South African Maritime Safety Authority - Marine Notice No. 15 of 17.03.2020


Sri Lanka

  1. Message for vessels visiting Sri Lankan harbours 23.01.2020 
  2. Colombo update 19.03.2020


Togo

  1. BUDD Group update 20.03.2020
  2. BUDD Group update 24.03.2020


Tunisia

  1. Preventive Measures in Rades, Tunisia. 13.03.2020
  2. BUDD Group update 16.03.2020
  3. BUDD Group update 22.03.2020


Turkey

  1. New Coronavirus (new COVID-19) Outbreak and Recent Practices at Turkish ports 11.03.2020
  2. Status of the case as of 11.03.2020 - New Coronavirus (new COVID-19) Outbreak and Recent Practices at Turkish ports 11.03.2020


UAE

  1. UAE Circular No.1 30.01.2020 


Ukraine

  1. Ukraine update 13.03.2020


United Kingdom

  1. Latest updates from United Kingdom Covid-19 Gov.UK news page


USA

  1. MSIB, 02.02.2020
  2. Coastguard blog, 02.02.2020
  3. Houston 20.03.2020


Venezuela

  1. Venezuela Precaution Measures 07.02.2020


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