Add Your Company European Shipowners Want Fluidity of Trade despite Brexit
As the United Kingdom stopped being a member of the European Union on January 31, 2020, European shipowners have called on both UK and EU regulators to continue their close alignment when it comes to shipping issues.
The European shipowners emphasized the importance of including maritime transport in the upcoming trade negotiations, the European Community Shipowners’Associations (ECSA) said in a statement.
“ECSA insists that the only and most economically sensible future is for the EU and the UK to remain an integrated and seamless shipping centre.”
Brexit discussions have brought to the forefront how interrelated EU-UK supply and logistics chains are. Maintaining the fluidity of EU-UK trade must, therefore, be a priority, the trade association believes.
“Shipping companies are part and parcel of this smooth-running business reality. In addition, mutual market access to provide maritime services, in areas such as the offshore supply sector and regular domestic trades, is imperative in sustaining those close relations going forward,” ECSA added.
“European shipowners strongly believe the current interconnection of companies and services across both sides of the Channel should be preserved to ensure the well-functioning of both the EU/EEA and UK economies,” Martin Dorsman, ECSA’s Secretary General, commented.
“It is essential that we secure the fluidity of trade, continued market access and easy movement of staff and passengers while maintaining the current level playing field between the EU and the UK,” Dorsman continued.
ECSA represents the national shipowners’ associations of the EU and Norway. European shipowners control 40% of the global commercial fleet and provide 2.1 million Europeans with careers both onboard and ashore.
AIDA Cruise Ship Banned from Docking in Saint Lucia
A cruise ship operated by German cruise line AIDA Cruises has been refused entry at the port of Castries, Saint Lucia, with some passengers on board having respiratory issues.
On February 1, 2020, the AIDAperla, carrying about 3,000 passengers, was not authorized to enter the Caribbean port as some guests were suffering upper respiratory tract infections.
The 125,572 GT ship was turned away amid the worsening coronavirus outbreak.
However, AIDA Cruises, part of Carnival Corporation, denied the possibility that any of AIDAperla’s passengers was affected by the deadly disease.
“There was no suspicion of cases of the novel coronavirus on board the vessel at any time,” the cruise company stressed.
After AIDAperla could not call the port of Castries, Saint Lucia, on Saturday, February 1, 2020, the ship visited the port of Fort-de-France, Martinique, yesterday, February 2, 2020, AIDA Cruises told World Maritime News.
Today, AIDAperla is in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, and will continue the Caribbean route from there as planned, calling at St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, and La Romana, Dominican Republic, in the coming days, the company added.
On January 30, over 6,000 passengers onboard another Carnival Corporation’s ship, Costa Smeralda, were held all day in Italy amid fears that one of the passengers might have been infected with coronavirus. After a female passenger underwent medical tests that were negative for coronavirus, guests were allowed to disembark.
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Coronavirus: Thousands allowed off cruise ship after scare
Six thousand people on board a cruise ship in Italy have been allowed to disembark after health officials said a Chinese passenger who had symptoms of coronavirus had tested negative.
The 54-year-old as well as her husband were held in isolation on the ship but tests confirmed she was not infected.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a global health emergency.
The death toll from the outbreak has risen to 170 in China.
The Costa Smeralda cruise ship docked in the port of Civitavecchia, north of Rome. The woman who was suspected of being infected had reportedly flown from Hong Kong to join the cruise, and broke out in a fever while on board.
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Samples were taken to Rome’s Spallanzani hospital, which specialises in infectious diseases, and returned negative, Italy’s health ministry said.
Civitavecchia’s mayor had asked authorities to prevent people from disembarking until medical tests had been carried out. Late on Thursday, passengers began getting off.
In a separate development, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed the first two cases of the virus in the country, involving two Chinese tourists, and stopped all flights between Italy and China.
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