Netherlands-based shipping company Vroon is extending its suspension of crew changes on its vessels as a result of Covid-19.
In a public letter addressed to colleagues, friends, and families, Vroon CEO Herman Marks said that Covid-19 was imposing new challenges every day, on the company, on employees, on colleagues and on families at home. He said that restrictions in many ports and countries were making it difficult, or even impossible, to disembark or embark colleagues.
Vroon suspended crew changes from March 16th for an initial period of two weeks. That period has now been extended until April 15th.
Marks advised Vroon crew to contact their Crewing Officers/Departments directly for further information, “as arrangements and possibilities may change as we go forward, also depending on local situations.”
Vroon operates more than 150 mainly offshore support vessels. Other vessels include livestock carriers, dry-cargo vessels, container vessels, product tankers, high-heat tankers, and car carriers.
Vroon has increased the Wi-Fi data allowance on board to allow crew to stay connected with families ashore.