Updated Company Advisory on Coronavirus

30 Apr 2020
Marlow Navigation

Update on Restrictive Measures Due to Global Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak. Crew Changes Are Postponed Until Further Advice.

Crew Changes Postponement Until Further Advice


Dear Captains, seafarers, staff members, clients and associates,

We are communicating with you in order to brief you about the recent and on-going developments with regards to the measures taken by several countries in order to avoid the spreading of the virus COVID-19 and the impact that such measures still have on our scheduled crew replacement planning.

In our previous circular to you, we have informed you that we were considering to implement crew changes as from the 5th of May, hoping that by then all the restrictive measures in domestic and international travel as well as the quarantine related regulations would have been relaxed by many countries. We also expected that such measures would have been relaxed to such an extent that they would somehow ensure crew changes without endangering at any given time the health and the wellbeing of our seafarers.

Unfortunately, by the time of writing this message to you, we have not seen much progress or any developments towards this direction. Instead and as many of you know from your own country’s policies, some of them extend even further their domestic and international travel and other related to COVID-19 restrictions.

It is for these reasons that we regret to advise you that it will not be possible to return to a normal and regular crew change procedure for all our seafarers as from 05 May 2020. Instead we will execute crew changes if and when and where possible but we will have to further postpone crew changes where national regulations and limitations prohibit same.

This time we will refrain from indicating any particular date for a general resumption of crew changes, assuring you that we are constantly following very closely on a daily basis all the developments on the Covid-19 situation within all countries and will resume crew changes as quickly as possible. We will of course keep you informed of any future developments.

For your further information we are in contact and cooperate with key industry bodies to work on the logistics for crew changes once the limitations are lifted to a large extend. In this respect there are ongoing discussions with governments about the ease of visa restriction, with airlines about the availability of flights including the possibility to charter airplanes in case no sufficient number of airplane seats can be availed off.

Our agencies and our crew department are preparing for the end of the travel restrictions in order to arrange crew changes in the most effective manner once the situation allows for it.

Concluding, we would like to repeat once again our very big “THANK YOU” to all our seafarers and their families for their understanding and great support under these difficult circumstances. As we said before, the whole of humanity needs now more than ever before the unobstructed supply of food, medicine and all other life-supporting consumables transported by ships. We are thankful to all seafarers who are during these days the front line key workers.


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Previous Company Advisories

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Announcement 23 March 2020 - Update - Company Advisory on Coronavirus

Announcement 14 March 2020 - Company Advisory regarding Coronavirus


About Marlow Navigation

Marlow Navigation provides comprehensive third party crew & ship management services, able to support a vessel from its first plans on a drawing board, until final days at sea. This is backed by a global network of offices, manning/recruiting agencies & new generation training centres.

Since the company’s beginnings in 1982 from the maritime hub of Limassol, Marlow Navigation has grown to become a globally renowned & trusted name in the ship management industry. Today, a network spanning more than 10 countries, with approximately 1,000 shore-based staff & 13,000 crew on-board managed vessels, underpins the company’s progress, business sustainability & client-focussed ethos.

Scope of services has over the past three decades broadened to now include fully-fledged maritime management activities, including crew management, full technical ship management, new ship building supervision, finance & administration, crew recruitment, training and safety, and offshore crewing. These services are provided out of management offices located in Limassol (Cyprus), Hamburg (Germany), Rhoon/Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Mumbai (India) & Hong Kong. Together with a state-of-the-art maritime academy in the Philippines, international naval training centres in Ukraine, Russia & Germany, as well as a global network of seafarer recruiting agencies.

Marlow Navigation (Corporate Head Office)
Worldwide crew & ship management

Marlow Building
13 Alexandrias Street
3013, Limassol, Cyprus

P.O. Box 54077
CY-3720, Limassol

Telephone: +357 25882588
Facsimile: +357 25882599
General Contact: info@marlowgroup.com
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