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Louisiana near virus patient capacity. Sen. says New Orleans needs hospital ship

US Navy Hospital Ship Mercy

PortandTerminal.com, March 29, 2020 NEW ORLEANS, LA – Louisiana is almost near capacity in treating patients infected with COVID-19, Sen. Bill Cassidy said Saturday. The Louisiana Republican told Fox News his state cannot be lost with the focus on New York, which is currently the state with the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths “We are almost on the verge of …

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What is “Force Majeure” and why will you soon be hearing a lot more about it?

Crowd of Asian people many wearing surgical masks

PortandTerminal.com, March 27, 2020 WASHINGTON – As of today, the COVID19 pandemic has infected almost 600,000 people globally and put countries in lockdown around the world. With the disruption to supply chains, international travel, and business operations, many individuals and businesses may be unable to fulfil their existing contractual obligations. Many are now starting to invoke “Force Majeure” clauses in their …

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More Sailors Test Positive for COVID-19 Aboard U.S. Navy Carrier Theodore Roosevelt

FILE PHOTO: The aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt at sea

REUTERS, March 26, 2020 In all, eight sailors have tested positive for the coronavirus, up from three on Tuesday. WASHINGTON, March 26 (Reuters) – All 5,000 personnel aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt will be tested for the coronavirus after the number of sailors on the ship who have tested positive for the virus increased, U.S. Navy officials said on Thursday. The …

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen lays off 2,500 workers in U.S. and Mexico

PortandTerminal.com, March 25, 2020 Ocean car carrier Wallenius Wilhelmsen lays off half its workers in the U.S. and Mexico as Coronavirus freezes auto sales around the world. The company says 2,500 workers will be let-go, two days after cutting its fleet by 14 vessels LYSAKER, NORWAY – Wallenius Wilhelmsen has announced temporary layoffs of 2,500 workers as it suspends operations …

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India’s 1.3 billion in total lockdown. Ports declare “force majeure”

Slum in India

PortandTerminal.com, March 25, 2020 India’s lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 March and will affect all 1.3 billion of its citizens. NEW DELHI, INDIA – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has imposed a nationwide lockdown in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Ports in India have declared force majeure as the country of …

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Locals threaten anchored tanker on COVID19 fears – prevent unloading of cargo

HARAPAN BARU tanker at sea

PortandTerminal.com, March 25, 2020 JAKARTA, INDONESIA – A chemical tanker in Indonesia has been prevented from offloading its cargo by locals who fear that the vessel’s crew will infect them with COVID19. The chemical tanker HARAPAN BARU arrived at Pulau Atlas, Samarinda, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on Mar 10, with cargo of bitum. The ship has remained anchored since its arrival and …

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U.S. Navy Reports First Virus Infections Aboard Deployed Carrier

The USS Theodore Roosevelt in Gosport, England in 2015.

BLOOMBERG, March 24, 2020 Sailors on USS Roosevelt tested positive after Vietnam visit | Three infected sailors were flown off the aircraft carrier By Roxana Tiron for Bloomberg – Three sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt deployed in the Pacific tested positive for the coronavirus and were recently flown off the aircraft carrier, Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told reporters Tuesday …

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Western supply chains buckle as coronavirus lockdowns spread

White cargo truck stopped by police who are wearing protective surgical masks

REUTERS, March 23, 2020 LONDON/MADRID/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Freight carriers are struggling to deliver goods by land, sea or air as the coronavirus pandemic forces Western governments to impose lockdowns, threatening supplies of vital products including medicines into the most affected areas, such as Italy. While China’s draconian steps to stop the spread of the virus are now allowing its …

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Supply Chain Threats: Time to arm ships and shoot to kill when attacked by pirates

Ship filled with armed pirates dressed in black

PortandTerminal.com, March 22, 2020 LONDON – DRYAD is reporting this morning that the Portuguese flagged container vessel MSC TALIA F was boarded and 7 crew members kidnapped 52nm West Port Libreville. MSC TALIA F was boarded and 7 crew members kidnapped 52nm West Port Libreville. It is believed that the vessel has a crew of 17 all understood to be …

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