Maritime Risk International

Sally-Ann Underhill and Nick Austin, of Reed Smith, provide some advice to the most common problems facing the shipping sector as it navigates the coronavirus crisis.

On 11 March 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid-19 a global pandemic. The ever-stricter measures imposed by governments, in an attempt to contain or delay the spread of the disease, are causing significant disruption to seaborne trade. Companies like Reed Smith have been fielding questions on a range of issues relating to Covid-19 in the shipping industry, the most common of which are outlined below.