IMO, ITF and ILO driven intervention helps save seafarer’s life

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put seafarers around the world in precarious situations. Travel restrictions mean some cannot leave their ships, be repatriated home, or even get urgent medical assistance. Other seafarers have seen their contracts unilaterally terminated or have been quarantined on board ships for more than 14 days, without getting paid.

A large number of seafarers, as well as their spouses and family members, have reached out to IMO to share their concerns about a variety of difficult situations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

IMO has established an internal team to help resolve individual cases, often working alongside other organizations like the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).

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Panama and Suez Canals offer cost reductions for COVID-19

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While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect and disrupt industries, jobs, lives, and economies around the world, there also seems to be a good fightback from the various industries, governments, and organisations.

Shipping lines have been offering time-sensitive cost-saving options for COVID-19 along with some relief in demurrage and detention charges etc.. Governments have been given tax breaks and business rescue packages to those most affected.

Now it seems to be the turn of the two main canals that serve the shipping and freight industry – the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal.

These canals save shipowners costs in terms of the transit, in terms of fuel costs, and also assists in reducing the carbon footprint of the transiting ships but of course both these canals have toll charges for the transit of ships.

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South Africa – COVID-19 Lockdown Situation Update – 25.04.2020

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South Africa has been on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic since the 27th of March 2020 and as of date, South Africa has 4220 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 79 deaths..

Below is the gist of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on the 23rd of April 2020 and details relevant to the risk-adjusted strategy for the resumption of economic activity in the country..

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42% will change supply chain strategies post COVID-19 – Impact Survey

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Global Supply Chains are very important in linking various countries to international markets facilitating global trade.. Modern day supply chains come with great opportunities but also pose some challenges which can test some of the best built and run supply chains..

One such challenge that is testing the world currently is the COVID-19 pandemic which came into limelight in December 2019.. This pandemic which has spread to every country around the world has caused/is causing major economic and social disruptions with far reaching impacts on global supply chains..

To understand the impact of this pandemic on the supply chain, we conducted a survey to measure the effect and impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global supply chains.. It collected and analyzed data on three key aspects – Impact, Preparedness, and Recovery..

Here are the results of this survey..

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Shipping lines offer time sensitive cost saving options for COVID-19

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COVID-19, has changed the way this world works and is expected to continue to influence the movement of global economies, human resources, the medical field and supply chain for the foreseeable future..

As at the time of writing of this article, the global number of infected people was around 2.38+ million with 164,000+ dead which is around 6.88% of the total infected..

Several ports around the world were/are either closed or working under limited conditions with several restrictions imposed on normal port activities.. Global trade has been severely impacted and is undergoing strain as never before..

Our industry plays a highly highly pivotal role in ensuring that the flow of goods continues, especially the flow of critical and essential goods all around the world..

Its good to see that some of the shipping lines have come up with some creative cost saving options for COVID-19..

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South African customs updates measures relating to COVID-19

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Further to the various updates we have been posting here about the COVID-19 lockdown situation in South Africa and the various regulatory changes thereof, SARS has published an update from their side on the measures relating to COVID-19 and the Impact on Customs of new Government regulations..

This update replaces the Customs Practice Note and its Explanatory Note issued on 06 and 07 April 2020 respectively..

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UPDATE : Cargo movement during South Africa lockdown – What is allowed and not allowed

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As all of you are aware, South Africa has been on lockdown for COVID-19 since the 27th of March 2020.. The lockdown period has now been extended from the 16th of April 2020 to the 30th of April 2020..

From the time the first case of COVID-19 was announced in South Africa on the 5th of March 2020, there have been several changes in the regulations governing the shipping landscape in SA..

Here is where things are sitting as of the 12th of April 2020 in South Africa..

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Customs and ports urged to maintain flow of critical goods during pandemic

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Trade by sea must continue to flow to maintain the continued provision of essential goods, including vital medical supplies, during the unprecedented global situation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was the message of a joint statement from the heads of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the World Customs Organization (WCO), issued on Friday (17 April).

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Cargo release without Original Bill of Lading – COVID-19

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The pandemic that is COVID-19 is sweeping the world, disrupting global trade patterns like never before.. When one part of the globe is starting to settle down, the other part starts or spikes..

No one has any real idea of how long it will take for the world to get back to normal and its after effects..

Shipping lines, importers, exporters, ports, terminals, Governments, all businesses, insurance companies have all been affected by the pandemic and continue to look for ways to make the business of shipping as easy as possible considering the severe constraints everyone is going through..

This issue is also putting some of the documentary issues and cargo releases under pressure and leaving the industry to face the unknown.. One such issue that is affecting business is the transmission and handling of Original Bills of Lading..

There are a few options that customers can exercise to secure release of cargo without Original Bill of Lading..

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Transnet – Non-essential goods can move out of the ports in South Africa

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In its announcement of measures for the COVID-19 lockdown, Transnet, the parastatal responsible for the operations of the ports and terminals in South Africa finalised and announced a series of measures to ensure throughput of essential services in line with the Maritime Security Regulations and Directives..

As part of these directives, only essential cargoes were allowed to be moved as directed by the Government.. On the 2nd of April 2020, these regulations were amended to allow the movement of non-essential goods as well..

Transnet has accordingly revised its operational measures and issued communication relating to the movement of non-essential goods..

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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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