Novel coronavirus update #1

We place the safety of our crew, employees and members of the public first, and in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak have activated strict health and safety routines in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Our operations in China are following governmental advice. Our offices and facilities have been closed in line with instructions from regional authorities and were opened again in week 7. We are encouraging work from home to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus.

Our ports of call - Shanghai, Tianjin, Yantai and Lianyungang - are all currently operating as normal. Health controls are in place at all four ports.

For crew on our vessels we have put in place more rigorous biosecurity processes and minimise contact with persons from affected countries. This includes avoiding crew change and shore leave, and minimising interpersonal exchanges when in affected areas. Enhanced food safety and hygiene has also been mandated.

We will continue to monitor the developments closely and will act in line with information from Chinese authorities, the WHO and national bodies.

Operational precautions

The WHO has not imposed any restrictions on international trades and the ports we call remain open at this time. We are operating according to expected volumes for the season, and are not experiencing any vessel delays connected to the novel coronavirus. Please see our schedule for more details.

We will be working closely with our customers to support them in any changes they need to make in order to bring products to market.

According to WHO receiving goods from China does not impose a risk for the receiver. Based on previous analysis, coronaviruses do not survive long on objects, and preliminary information suggests the virus may survive a few hours. Simple disinfectants will kill the virus.

The new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through contact with an infected person through respiratory droplets generated when a person, for example, coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. (Source: WHO)

Further information on the novel coronavirus on WHO.