Coronavirus - Hong Kong Office Closure & Updates

30 January 2020

Hong Kong Office Closure

Our Hong Kong office will be closed until Monday 10 February 2020. Hong Kong office staff will continue to work from home during this time and can be contacted as normal by email and telephone.

Updates and Advice

The Coronavirus situation as reported in our News Alert of 23 January 2020 (click here) is changing rapidly.
For information on the coronavirus and developing situation, visit the World Health Organisation (WHO) website by clicking here. Daily situation reports are available here.

The International Seafarers Welfare & Assistance Network with the International Maritime Health Association has issued advice for shipping companies here.

The Club is in contact with local correspondents and we will update our web page with links to articles that may be of interest as these become available:

China – click here to read about recent coronavirus cases handled by Huatai (13 February); Oasis' Circular dated 5 February 2020 is available here; for Huatai's update of 3 February 2020, including a copy of the Health Declaration Form, click here; for Huatai's update of 29 January, click here;
 and Oasis' Circular dated 29 January 2020 click here.
India – The Ministry of Shipping’s Marine Department Notice of 27 January is available here; click here for the Notification from the Port Health Organisation courtesy of GAC (23 January)

Bangladesh - click here to access the summary of relevant notices from the Government Agencies and Port Authority from correspondents JF (Bangladesh) Ltd

Brazil – Latest updates from ANVISA  (4 February)  on arrival information is available here and generally here.  Brazmar’s update of 30 January is available here and for ANVISA’s technical note in Portuguese click here. The previous update of 26 January can be accessed here.
France - click here to access France P&I's summary of the position at various French ports (11 February).

Singapore – for the MPA’s Circular no. 2 click here; and no. 3 click here  and summary of measures (click here) courtesy of Cosmarine Consultants Pte Ltd.

Malaysia – click here for the Bintulu Port New Health Screening procedures (notice no. 6/2020).  

Pakistan -  The Port Health Establishment requires certain documents to be submitted at least 24 hours before berthing. For details contained in the letter dated 27 January 2020, click here. Click here for Port Qasim’s Circular dated 28 January 2020 for arriving ships.  

Philippines – for The Department of Health Memorandum Circular with Guidelines at all seaports dated 31 January 2020, click here. The Measures for ship operators can be accessed by clicking here.

Russian Federation – click here for the update (4 February) of the measures in place from Antarica Group.

South Africa - click here for Shepstone & Wylie's report (14 February). 

South Korea - click here for Spark's report and free translations of guidance from the Authorities (13 February).  

Uruquay –  click here to access Chadwick Weir Navegacion SA’s Circular ROU/02/90 (3 February).

UAE - Fujairah - click here to access the Notice on vessel restrictions from the Harbour Master (29 January) courtesy of Fichte & Co.

USA – For Independent Maritime Consulting LLC's Alert with reporting requirements, recommendations, and link to the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin of 3 February, click here.