IMO Urged to Crack Down on Dangerous Ladder Arrangements After Pilot’s Death while boarding the U.S.-flagged Maersk Kensington

IMO Urged to Crack Down on Dangerous Ladder Arrangements After Pilot’s Death
Mike Schuler January 23, 2020 https://gcaptain.com/imo-urged-to-crack-down-on-dangerous-ladder-arrange...

The International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) is calling on the International Maritime Organization to crack down on a commonly used-yet-dangerous pilot transfer arrangement that may have contributed to the death of a New York ship pilot last month.

Royal Caribbean Warns of More Cruise Cancellations on Coronavirus Threat

Royal Caribbean Warns of More Cruise Cancellations on Coronavirus Threat
Mike Schuler February 4, 2020 https://gcaptain.com/royal-caribbean-warns-of-more-cruise-cancellations-...

Feb 4 (Reuters) – Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd on Tuesday warned of more cruise cancellations after calling off eight trips out of China through March 4 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Measures vs. nCoV in place at GenSan seaport, airport

Measures vs. nCoV in place at GenSan seaport, airport
Allen Estabillo February 3, 2020 https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1092784

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The local government here assured Monday that necessary measures are in place at the city's seaport and airport to prevent the entry of the deadly novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) acute respiratory disease.

PPA bans disembarkation of vessel crews from NCoV-hit China, cancels visitation privileges of relatives of Pinoys

PPA bans disembarkation of vessel crews from NCoV-hit China, cancels visitation privileges of relatives of Pinoys
February 3, 2020 https://pia.gov.ph/press-releases/releases/1033913

MANILA, Feb. 3 -- The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) further tightened its noose in all ports, banning the disembarkation of vessel crews while docked at any PPA-controlled ports.

U.S. Drugmakers Ship Therapies to China, Seeking to Treat Coronavirus

U.S. Drugmakers Ship Therapies to China, Seeking to Treat Coronavirus
Jared S. Hopkins Jan. 27, 2020 https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-drugmakers-ship-therapies-to-china-seek...

AbbVie, Gilead, others respond to Chinese authorities’ requests for antiviral drugs to test effectiveness against deadly respiratory illness

Singapore bars seafarers arriving from China coming ashore

Singapore bars seafarers arriving from China coming ashore
Marcus Hand | Feb 03, 2020 https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/regulation/singapore-bars-seafarers-ar...

The Singapore authorities have seafarers that have visited China in the last 14 days from coming ashore in a move to combat the spread of the coronavirus, however, vessels can continue to call.

Chief officer assaulted with knife, badly injured seaman VIDEO

Chief officer assaulted with knife, badly injured seaman VIDEO
STEPAN KOTCHERGA January 31, 2020

MARINA execs face graft complaint

MARINA execs face graft complaint
Elizabeth Marcelo - February 3, 2020 - https://www.philstar.com/nation/2020/02/03/1989901/marina-execs-face-gra...

MANILA, Philippines — Three ranking officials of the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) were sued before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly giving unwarranted benefits to a vessel classification group.

Marine vessels are classified according to the soundness of their structure and design.

ASEAN members start standing up to China's maritime aggression

ASEAN members start standing up to China's maritime aggression
Richard Heydarian February 03, 2020 https://asia.nikkei.com/Opinion/ASEAN-members-start-standing-up-to-China...

Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia are challenging Beijing in court and at sea

Coronavirus: Chinese ports grind to a halt while yards declare force majeure

Coronavirus: Chinese ports grind to a halt while yards declare force majeure
Sam Chambers January 31st, 2020 https://splash247.com/coronavirus-chinese-ports-grind-to-a-halt-while-ya...

Agents and brokers are reporting operations are slowing down at Chinese ports and shipyards as the coronavirus takes its toll and the Lunar New Year holidays are extended.

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