The EU & IMO recently issued new guidelines requiring ship operators to implement pre-boarding screening of seafarers. To help ship operators comply with these new guidelines and help protect their vessels from an outbreak of COVID-19, Martek Marine, part of James Fisher and Sons, has launched the CoronaSafe finger prick antibody screening test.
A new crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help raise funds to support developing world seafarers and their families impacted by the current COVID-19 crisis.
Tanker vessel Ternvag approaching the Port of Gothenburg Energy Port. The practices around vessel calls have been adjusted to avoid the effects of the virus. Imahe courtesy of the Gothenburg Port Authority.
As a result of the Corona outbreak, the majority of ports throughout the world have been forced to re-examine their routines. Greater use of digital tools has been part of the solution in an effort to maintain an efficient workflow. At the Port of Gothenburg there are clear indications of how the Corona pandemic could accelerate digitalisation in what is an otherwise conservative shipping industry.
ABB is offering increased remote assistance to vessels as the demand for such support rises during the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on seafarer well-being, Inmarsat has formalised a sweeping 50 per cent discount for crew voice calling services available for up to 40,000 ships for three months until the end of June.
The Liberian Registry is implementing remote Annual Safety Inspections (ASI) onboard its ships as a direct response to the major restrictions faced by dispatching inspectors, under the current health guidelines and restrictions around the globe.
KVH is helping seafarers to remain connected during the COVID-19 outbreak. Image courtesy of KVH.
With the current COVID-19 situation, KVH Industries has confirmed to us that the company is working around the clock to support the connectivity needs of the thousands of vessels and seafarers worldwide that rely on KVH VSAT services.
GNS has launched VFI Plus, a new extension to its Voyager FLEET INSIGHT (VFI) web service and, at the same time, announced that it will be making the service available free of charge during the COVID-19 pandemic to support shipping companies with remote-working or office-based teams with increased demands for fast access to up-to-date information.
By Ronald Spithout, president, Inmarsat Maritime.
Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout says providing crews with enhanced levels of connectivity and support is critical at this unprecedented time, and offers an insight into the work already underway with welfare organisations to assist seafarers in need.
As Stress Awareness month in April coincides with a global pandemic, maritime software provider Hanseaticsoft is urging shipping companies to tackle stress and depression amongst seafarers by ensuring connectivity at sea.
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