Lloyd’s will close its underwriting room as of 16:00 today, Thursday March 19th, as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. Lloyd’s of London CEO John Neal said that the test closure last Friday showed that the market could trade electronically via PPL or emergency trading protocols.
North of England Club has said that, in light of the increasing risk associated with the Covid-19, its Newcastle head office and London office remained open and operating as normal, but with some staff working remotely from home. The Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Ireland, Shanghai, Singapore and USA offices remain closed, with all teams working remotely from home. Everyone can be contacted via their mobile phones and by email until further notice.
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has further extended the existing Covid-19 precautionary measures for vessels and visitors arriving in Singapore. Full details at:
Tankship Dördüncü, with 193 migrants from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Somalia on board, suffered engine trouble en route from Çanakkale to Italy in wind force 8. The ship diverted towards the port of Kea. After the engine failed, the disabled tanker ended on the breakwater of the port of Kea. All the migrants were rescued. A tug was deployed in order to pull the vessel off, but it was already breached and capsized on the jetty, ending up on its port side with the stern under water. The crew of three was arrested for human smuggling.
General cargo ship Kelly C (IMO 9558024) ran aground during the evening of March 17th, on the River Seine off La Bouille, 15 minutes after leaving the port of Rouen bound for Casablanca. The accident happened while the outbound ship was manoeuvring to avoid an approaching barge with a tug. A tug arrived promptly from the port of Rouen and refloated the ship within an hour. The vessel then returned to Rouen, where she was berthed for inspections. 2010-built, UK-flagged, 4,151 gt Kelly C is owned by Carisbrooke Shipping 6250 BV care of manager Vertom Shipping & Trading BV of Rhoon, Netherlands.
Bulk carrier Lady I (IMO 9336610) ran aground late on March 17th on the Paraná river, upstream of San Lorenzo port, shortly after unmooring. A tug was called to assist. 2007-built, Marshall Islands flagged, 39,643 gt Lady I is owned by Capri Shipping Inc care of manager Pavimar SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered with London Club on behalf of Capri Shipping Inc.