Latest news from Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International Magazine

International Group launches Covid-19 tracking tool

Global marine insurer North P&I has introduced a Covid-19 tracking tool, which has been made available to the International Group of P&I Clubs.

The tool details the extent of the Covid-19 outbreak and the numerous response measures taken in a single digital dashboard, including country and port-specific advice for shipowners, charterers, operators and others.

The tool, which was released by North in February, was launched via the International Group website earlier this week. The system draws on information provided by IG club correspondents, as well as the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and World Health Organization (WHO). Data is also supplied by Wilhelmsen Ship Management and ship agency GAC, while John Hopkins University provides a continuously updated map of the pandemic’s spread. 

“Delivering up-to-date information from well-respected international sources, combined with the insights from the P&I club members of the International Group, this new tool will help the maritime community better understand and track the extent of Covid-19 worldwide,” said North chief executive, Paul Jennings. “This can help protect businesses and most importantly safeguard the lives of the seafarers whom we depend upon daily to keep our local communities supplied with essential goods.”

Live updates on the number of confirmed cases of the virus, countries at risk and what to look out for would put stakeholders in a better position to identify commercial risks and physical threats to shipping, said Jennings. 

To date, Covid-19-related enquiries fielded by North have focused on the way port precautions and border measures are hindering crew repatriations, and problems in delivering general medical care.

Jennings said other early issues to emerge included repair contracts for vessels at shipyards and when force majeure provisions might apply, as well as the application of bespoke Covid-19 clauses into charter parties. For the moment, the cargo claims situation was “masked”, he said.

Heavy Lift | News

Digitalisation: solving one problem at a time  thumbnail image

Digitalisation: solving one problem at a time 

May 26 - The life of a project logistician can be dominated by spreadsheets. Could new software and technologies help to streamline process and boost productivity? Chris Lewis reports. 
Views: 1117
myDHLi launched thumbnail image

myDHLi launched

May 21 - DHL Global Forwarding has launched myDHLi – an integrated online platform for its freight forwarding customers
Views: 1096
Sixfold strengthens European team thumbnail image

Sixfold strengthens European team

May 12 - Sixfold – a provider of supply chain disruption monitoring technology – has made a series of appointments to strengthen its offering in the Central and Eastern European markets.
Views: 1475

Heavy Lift Across The World

Discover heavy lift and project logistics industry news from around the world by region.