Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) is slowing down worldwide shipping activity. Major ports from Long Beach to Shenzhen are experiencing decreased traffic. In Singapore, where a crucial crude oil artery to China is based, analysts expect a serious decline in throughput.
The health crisis is causing major concern as 90% of global trade depends on shipping.
If you’re a company or shipyard in the oil & gas, petrochemical, or any other involved in marine industries, there are things you can do to ensure operations are running as smoothly as possible.
Be informed about port authority guidelines
Countries have implemented special measures to avoid totally disrupting the flow of goods, supplies, and resources.
In Singapore for example, the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) announced last January that it will be implementing screening at all sea checkpoints. New visitors with a recent travel history in Hubei or with PRC passports issued in Hubei will be barred from entry.
The MPA now requires a Maritime Declaration of Health from all vessels that recently travelled to or called at ports in:
- All ASEAN countries
- Mainland China
- Republic of Korea
- United Kingdom
For more up-to-date information on measures put in place in other countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, the US or China, you can refer to this online resource.
Prevent and manage onboard risk
Addressing mechanical problems and managing crew morale are common when out at sea. But when a viral outbreak adds to your list of issues, things get more complex. Ship and off shore platform managers should:
- See to it that crewmembers are informed and educated about the nature of Covid-19 and how it spreads. Make sure to use only verified sources of medical information from reputable organisations like the World Health Organisation.
- Consider developing a plan to manage and care for sick crew members.
- Ensure personal protective equipment is available at all times and easily accessible while onboard the ship.
- Develop a cargo sanitation plan.
- Develop port risk assessments prior to arrival in a specific port; especially if it’s in a country where there are several cases of Covid-19.
- Develop a quarantine plan in case authorities will subject the ship to a 14-day quarantine. Consider questions like: “How will we procure medicine and other supplies for sick crew? How will we maintain contact with superiors during the quarantine period?”
Maintain contact with key suppliers
Off shore managers and ships should also make an effort to minimise operational disruption in the repair and building of their facilities and vessels. In light of this outbreak, the supply flow of materials and equipment could take a hit.
Make sure to have clear and open communication with your steel or power cable supplier in Singapore. It helps to have a reliable industrial supplier that can rapidly support your projects and provide immediate stock requirements.
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