Updated – Marlow Advisory on Coronavirus

02 Jun 2020
Marlow Navigation

Update on Restrictive Measures Due to Global Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak.

Updated – Company Advisory on Coronavirus June 2020


We would like to brief you about the recent and on-going developments and give you an up-date about the situation as it stands today.

As we have already advised you, we were considering to implement crew changes as from the 5th of May, however, we pointed out that the normal and regular crew change procedures could not be implemented from that day due to various restrictions.

By the time of writing this message to you, there are still numerous COVID-19 related restrictions in place worldwide, however we are conducting crew changes on a case-to-case basis, when and where possible and complying with local, national and international regulations as well as with our COVID-19 related procedures.

Since the 5th of May we have arranged the joining and disembarking of about 1620 crew, which is approximately a third of the crew movements we arrange during normal times.

We were successful in organising crew changes for our Russian and Ukrainian seafarers by flying them via the airport of Minsk or Tallin, as well as with our Polish crew by using Berlin airport or arranging crew changes by land transport. With regards to the crew change ports, they were mainly possible in the ports of Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, but also in smaller numbers in Poland, Romania, Sweden, Latvia and Ireland.

The situation in many other locations where we normally relieve our crew remains difficult, with complete abundance of commercial flights in and out of the country and restrictions by local authorities for any seafarer to join or disembark a vessel.

For our Filipino colleagues, the situation remains more difficult due to the General Community Quarantine imposed over large parts of the Philippines, the closure of all airports excluding Manila which however allows only a number of maximum 400 passengers arriving for 5 days a week.

In general, all crew members are prepared “as best as possible” to avoid carrying the Covid-19 virus on board, by a number of measures like home quarantine including twice-daily temperature checking and recording for 14 days prior joining, arranging a Covid-19 test prior departing, briefing on the importance of social distancing rules and handing out ‘Covid-19 travel packs’ containing face masks, gloves and sanitiser for the travel to the vessel.

We are closely following up on the availability of commercial flights. It seems that with the slow recovery from the pandemic situation, some airlines will start again on the main routes used by us during the second half of June.

The colleagues from crew operations in Cyprus, Germany and the Netherlands are closely monitoring the situation for each specific vessel. They will gradually increase the number of crew changes when and where possible. We are taking all of the above into consideration, with the knowledge that we are still facing many obstacles and limitations.

We once again THANK ALL parties involved, particularly our seafarers and their families, for cooperating so professionally.


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Announcement 8 April 2020 - New Company Advisory Regarding Coronavirus

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 & 14,000 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
Media & Communications: media@marlowgroup.com


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