Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Through our experts and correspondents around the world The Swedish Club is following the development of the coronavirus and its impact on shipping.

All Member Alerts by date from The Swedish Club »

To monitor the spread of COVID-19 the Club recommends its members to check the daily updates from the World Health Organization, WHO. WHO also provides public guidance on protection against the coronavirus. Below we have collected information on the subject.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Port information

With the assistance of our correspondents around the world, The Swedish Club is following the restrictions on vessels and crew dealing with the coronavirus, COVID-19 and its impact on shipping in ports and countries worldwide.

Specific port information can be found here>>


Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance for ship operators for the protection of the health of seafarers

In response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, guidance for ship operators for the protection of the health of seafarers has been produced by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to support all types of ships which operate in international waters.

See Member Alert dated 5 March 2020 »


Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Overview and medical guidance for Members

By: Nigel Griffiths, The Marine Advisory Medical Service, Singapore

The shipping industry is likely to be impacted in a number of ways by the emergence of COVID-19: not only through disruption to voyages to and from China, but also from delays in other countries as a result of quarantine and port checks due to cases, or suspected cases, of the coronavirus amongst crew and passengers on board vessels....

See Member Alert dated 2 March 2020 »


Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Legal guidance for Members

By: James Mackay, Claims Executive Consultant

This Guide comments in general on some legal issues in relation to charterparties which Members might encounter as a result of measures that are being imposed by national authorities in response to the outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

See Member Alert dated 20 April 2020 »


Coronavirus (COVID-19) - FAQs P&I

By: Birgitta Hed, Senior Claims Manager, P&I and James Mackay, Claims Executive Consultant

This Guide discusses questions of Club cover and contracts of carriage in various scenarios based on general enquiries concerning the Coronvirus pandemic.

See Member Alert dated 30 April 2020 »


The COVID-19 pandemic and claims

By: Birgitta Hed, Senior Claims Manager, P&I 

The pandemic caused by the coronavirus and CoviD-19 outbreak has led to significant changes to society and the way we run our lives, all over the world. The global shipping industry is faced with significant challenges, not least regarding the safe manning of vessels, ensuring safe crew changes and travel during the pandemic, which is here to stay for the near future and until a reliable and approved vaccine is available.

Read the full article in Triton No. 3 2020 »


Disease Clause for Time Charter Parties

By: Oliver Hutton, Senior Claims Executive,Team Piraeus and Haris Zografakis, Partner, Stephenson Harwood, London

BIMCO’s Infectious or Contagious Diseases Clause for Time Charter parties will have been welcomed by the industry when it was published in response to Ebola in 2015. But can it be said to deal fully with disputes arising out of COVID-19 in 2021, and beyond, and how far does it address the peculiarities of a time charter party for a single trip? How does it decide issues of responsibility between shipowners and charterers, and how might it be amended to offer shipowners greater protection?

Read the full article in Triton No. 1 2021 »


Coronavirus (COVID-19) - South African Variant B 1.1.529 Omicron

By: Nigel Griffiths, The Marine Advisory Medical Service, Singapore

It has emerged from South Africa that a new variant of COVID 19 has been discovered which is considered a variant of interest with mutations capable of avoiding the immune response.  Very little is known about this particular variant, with its discovery being only in the last few days.  There are virtually no scientific papers available on the subject, although one or two scientists of note have commented on the developments in South Africa.  The two primary considerations are firstly, the severity of transmissibility and secondly, how vaccines are susceptible to the variants.

Read the full article here »


By following our member alert updates through and/or LinkedIn and Twitter our members can get advice on new measures regarding COVID-19.

Information on vaccination

The Swedish Club supports the Mariner vaccination initiative offered by IMC-3M

Vaccination for seafarers transiting Denmark

Information from International Chamber of Shipping

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance for Ensuring a Safe Shipboard Interface Between Ship and Shore-Based Personnel

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance for ship operators for the protection of the health of seafarer (Version 4.0 - 7 June 2021)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Legal, Liability and Insurance Issues arising from Vaccination of Seafarers

Information from WHO

Latest WHO advice on the coronavirus situation » (Daily updated at
WHO guidance on protection against the coronavirus » (Advice for public at

Guidelines for vessels (Operational considerations for managing COVID-19 cases or outbreaks on board ships)

How it spreads (Coronaupdate 20, 27 March 2020)

Information from IMO

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) »

Preliminary list of recommendations for Governments and relevant national authorities on the facilitation of maritime trade»


The Swedish Club publishes member alerts as a service to members. While the information is believed correct, the Club cannot assume responsibility for completeness or accuracy.



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