Shipping and coronavirus monitor: Hubei and Jiangsu; Thai Navy; global trends

In Chinese ports in Jiangsu and Hubei provinces, meanwhile, Maritime Authorities implemented stricter ships/crews-related rules, to prevent coronavirus infection. Crews of ships calling these ports are banned from going ashore unless it’s an emergency, all supplies are to be ordered via ship’s agent company, and delivered under supervision of port authorities.

Thailand Navy called off 20 sailors, part of the crew of a Thai submarine presently under construction at CSIC shipyard in Wuhan. Crews of new submarines still under construction are getting acquainted with submarine, and undergo training, it’s a worldwide Navy practice. All 20 sailors returned to Thailand on Jan 26, all are reported to be healthy.

Medical screening and quarantine of cargo ships arriving from China is becoming pandemic, spreading like wildfire worldwide, so there’s no meaning in listing countries and ports which implemented strict protective measures. Ship’s agents no doubt, are duly advising Masters and managers on all changes in ports regulations.

As for restriction in Chinese ports, cautious and sensible Masters and crews, I believe, already avoid shore leaves while docked in Chinese ports, to be on the safe side.

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