COVID-19: IMO Urges No Unnecessary Delays To Ships

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

February 24, 2020

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Image: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has sent a letter to its member states amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus asking them to undertake all possible measures to prevent unnecessary delays of ships.

The letter urges Flag State authorities, port State authorities and control regimes, companies and shipmasters to cooperate, in the current context of the outbreak, to ensure that, where appropriate, passengers can be embarked and disembarked, cargo operations can occur, ships can enter and depart shipyards for repair and survey, stores and supplies can be loaded, certificates can be issued and crews can be exchanged.  

The principles of avoiding unnecessary restrictions or delay on port entry to ships, persons and property on board are contained in articles I and V and section 6 of the annex to IMO’s Facilitation Convention.

IMO will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide additional information as and when appropriate.

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