Shipping accounts for 90% of the global trade ensuring a steady supply of food, fuel, and medicines to consumers across the world. The coronavirus infection that originated in Wuhan, Hubei, China, is threatening to disrupt this trade channel.
Timely safety measures and preventive actions by various ports and shipping organizations are expected to limit the impact of the outbreak.
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) stated that by implementing certain preventive measures for coronavirus, ports and global shipping can continue to operate and avoid the closure of any port. The ICS recommenced exit screening at all ports in the affected areas to isolate passengers displaying symptoms of the disease and curb its spread to other countries.
All major ports across the world have adopted a 14-day quarantine period for vessels arriving from or transiting through China. Vessels arriving from China are required to report regarding the health of the crew members and passengers prior to berthing.