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Pacific - Shipping operations update, 3 November 2020

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American Samoa
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Logistics Cluster
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This bulletin is compiled to give all stakeholders an overview of the current impact of COVID19 on Pacific shipping activities. It draws on sources from government, commercial and humanitarian sectors. The bulletin will now be circulated monthly.

Overview - Cargo volumes are expected to increase during the fourth quarter. This is the regular peak season in the Pacific region.

  • Difficulties in facilitating crew change continues to be one of the most pressing issues facing the global shipping industry. This has generated additional complications and costs for shipping companies. Limited crew changes are being conducted in Fiji, Guam, Australia and New Zealand.

  • China has opened up 10 ports to crew changes but they come with strict protocols. Globally there is a huge back-log of ships' crew who have either completed their contracts on board or are onshore waiting to join ships.

  • No PICTs are currently reporting food security issues, or fuel shortages due to interrupted shipping supply, as far as we are aware.