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Coronavirus & Tankers

Daily news, analysis and updates from the Lloyd’s List team on how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the tanker sector



How is the coronavirus affecting Tankers?

Ship emissions off Southern California pose health risks

The San Pedro Bay ports’ clean air action plan, with tight at-berth regulations, does not apply to emissions of particulate matter from ships at anchor, which fall under the jurisdiction of the California Air Resources Board 

US States Containers

Singapore bunker tanker link to coronavirus cases

The vessel has been quarantined and has ceased operations, while the company operating it will have to review all its procedures before it is allowed to resume operating. MPA announced stepped-up control measures earlier this week after two shore-based workers tested positive for coronavirus after reportedly breaching safe management measures

Singapore Tankers and Gas

Death to 2020, reasons to be cheerful 2021

With coronavirus vaccines being rolled out, a Brexit deal finally done, and free trade likely to be back in fashion in Washington, what’s not to like?

International Containers

From the News Desk: What’s in store for shipping in 2021?

Time will tell what lessons shipping has learnt from the pandemic-led disruption of this year, but 2021 will bring issues such as the transition to decarbonisation and digital integration closer to the fore

International Tankers and Gas

US Gulf coast refineries see reduced need for imported crude, says consultant

The situation underlines a reversal in the petroleum shipping that has taken place since 2005 when marine terminals along the Gulf coast were importing more than 6m bpd of crude oil. In 2019, the same refineries were importing fewer than 1.7m bpd

US States Tankers and Gas

Pandemic has accelerated changes in ship finance

Sources of shipping finance are not as obvious or as widely available as they once were, according to Larry Rutkowski, a partner at New York law firm Seward & Kissel. The coronavirus pandemic has also made it more difficult for people to see just how much the market landscape has shifted in the past 12 months

Finance Regulation

Crew change plea to mark UN Human Rights Day

The International Maritime Organization issued a plea for seafarers for UN Human Rights Day alongside a harrowing video of seafarers describing their experiences as the world locked down

International Crewing

Lloyd’s List 2021 Shipping Outlook Forum: Poll results

The recent Lloyd’s List 2021 Shipping Outlook Forum addressed some of the critical questions facing shipping and provided insight into what the coming year will bring. View the results of our online Outlook 2021 poll in full below

Digitalisation Fuels

French diesel imports at 2020 low as lockdown curbs demand

Middle distillate imports seen at 300,000 barrels per day in November, surpassing April low of 340,000 bpd, according to data analytics firm Vortexa

Europe France

Shipping welcomes seafarer key worker resolution

The UN’s General Assembly has called on governments to designate seafarers as key workers. The IMO has urged that they also be given priority for vaccination against Covid-19

International Containers

Greek owners urge priority vaccination for ‘heroes of the sea’

Seafarers have been shunned by authorities in many ports as coronavirus fears have overridden the need for crew changes

Europe Greece

Hafnia sees consolidation as future of product tanker market

Product tanker markets in the fourth quarter of the year have continued to suffer a slump and increased cases of coronavirus make the outlook even more uncertain 

Tankers and Gas Consolidation