1. A number of media articles this week report on the situation regarding the Oil Storage Facility FSO Safer moored off the Yemen Red Sea coast, amid fears that lack of maintenance could lead to an environmental catastrophe (see media articles a and b).
2. The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) COVID-19 guidance to ship operators for the protection of the health of seafarers is available via the following link: https://bit.ly/30ANIoO
3. The current International Maritime Organization (IMO) advice to seafarers and shipping in response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found via the following link: https://bit.ly/2Wm4FAV
4. Commercial shipping companies and ship’s masters can receive the latest UKMTO Maritime Security update via telephone or by e-mail using the contact details at the bottom of this page. UKMTO Dubai and the Maritime Trade Information Centre (MTIC) will remain fully operational throughout the duration of the global pandemic and can be contacted as usual using the details promulgated in BMP5.