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Nine shipmanagers hit with Chinese crew change bans following spike in vessels arriving with Covid-hit crews

Nine shipmanagers have been handed crew change bans by the Ministry of Transport in Beijing after a series of ships entering China were found to have staff onboard with Covid-19 infections.

China is taking a very tough stance against Covid-19 after recent waves of variant cases spooked authorities. China hit a half-year high in daily coronavirus cases yesterday. The 76 infections reported on Monday are the most since January and include 40 domestic transmissions.

Among the best known names on the banned list are Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement and Navios Tankers Management. The bans last up to one month.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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