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COVID-19 cases are rapidly increasing around the world. The virus is already having a detrimental impact on the global economy and the effects on the shipping industry could be far-reaching. In this special section, the Lloyd's List team of expert analysts guide you through what it means for global trade, shipping and maritime, with daily updates.




Call for better vaccination records for seafarers

While seafarers visiting the UK can receive vaccinations, they are cannot have their status recognised. The UK’s seafarer welfare organisation is calling for government action

Factory workers process yellow peach at a plant in Yihang city, south China's Hubei province, 12 August 2021 Credit: Sipa US / Alamy Stock Photo
Chinese New Year adds uncertainty to supply chains

China’s zero-coronavirus policy may put a stop to extended holidays again this year. Even so, shippers are concerned about further disruption caused by the Chinese New Year break

Crew-change issues likely to persist amid travel restrictions

While UN agencies support the easing of travel restrictions on seafarers, various governments pay more attention to local pressure groups, especially voters

Bulk carrier at port unloading Credit: Sorrorwoot Chaiyawong / Alamy Stock Photo
China bulker congestion stabilises

Lloyd’s List Intelligence data shows 610 bulk carriers at anchor waiting to discharge at key ports. Northern China accounts for 40% of vessels waiting for berths







Can carriers contain a coronavirus cash crisis?

While the impact of the coronavirus pandemic will be felt across the industry, some will be better able than others to ride out the storm

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