Since 23 January 2020, BIMCO has been busy updating members about this serious coronavirus outbreak online and it has now been announced by WHO yesterday that it is officially a global health emergency. BIMCO advises members of how this outbreak can be monitored closely and issues information and guidance accordingly.
BIMCO is monitoring this novel coronavirus outbreak closely and will attempt to provide members with the latest information relating to measures implemented by various countries to combat this global and serious outbreak which could impact sea transport.
At the end of 2019, the Suez Canal Authority issued a circular (no. 8/2019) related to the IMO 2020 sulphur regulation, in which it also placed a ban on the discharge of wash water from open-loop scrubbers while transiting the Canal.
A new virus "Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)" has been detected, causing serious outbreaks in China, Japan and Republic of Korea. WHO issues advice for international travel and trade.
BIMCO has received information about changes made by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to its Port State Control (PSC) boarding matrix.