COVID-19 update #2
The novel coronavirus is a rapidly developing issue that we are following very closely. The safety of our employees, crew and members of the public is our primary concern, and we have activated strict health and safety routines in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Our operations in affected countries are following governmental advice to minimize risk of exposure as well as operational impact. At our ports of call in Asia, all terminals are currently operating as normal and health controls are in place.
For crew on our vessels we have put in place more rigorous biosecurity processes and minimize contact with persons from affected countries. This includes avoiding crew change and shore leave, and minimizing interpersonal exchanges when in affected areas. We also ensure enhanced food safety and hygiene.
We will continue to monitor the developments closely and will act in line with information from the WHO and national authorities.
The WHO has not imposed any restrictions on international trade and the ports we call remain open at this time. We are operating according to expected volumes for the season, and there are currently no vessel delays connected to the novel coronavirus. Please see our schedule for the latest details.
We are in constant close connection with our customers to support them in any changes they need to make in order to bring products to market.
On the novel coronavirus
According to the WHO, the novel 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.
The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus from goods that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.
Further information on the novel coronavirus on WHO