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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) – South African Variant B 1.1.529 Omicron

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, first, the severity of transmissibility and, secondly, how vaccines are susceptible to the variants.

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

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

[publication] Vaccination for seafarers transiting Denmark

Information from International Chamber of Shipping

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

[publication] Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance for ship operators for the protection of the health of seafarer

[publication] 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

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

[publication] How it spreads (Coronaupdate 20, 27 March 2020)

Information from IMO

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

[publication] 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.