COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

19 February 2020

Höegh Autoliners is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak to ensure the safety of our crew and employees and to mitigate any impact it has on our operations.

We have activated strict routines in line with the recommendation of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and have been following the advice of the Chinese Government.

Our Shanghai office is closed, with employees working from home to reduce the risk of infection. Our office in Quanzhou re-opened this week, with strict routines implemented to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus.

For crew on board our vessels we have implemented stringent health and safety procedures. There are no crew changes for our Chinese Crew in China or outside China. No crew are permitted onshore, and no supplies are authorised while in affected areas.

Our cargo operations staff follow port Authority’s guidance and safety measures for working in the terminal to ensure minimal risk of exposure to the virus.

As of today, our ports of call in China - Shanghai, Lianyungang and Tianjin Xingang are currently operating as normal. All ports follow strict health and safety controls.

According to WHO:
The COVID-19 virus is from the coronavirus family that includes the common cold but also more severe illnesses like SARS and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. The new virus has an incubation period of about two weeks before infected people start to show symptoms, which resemble cold and flu-like symptoms, including cough and fever, and in more severe cases, shortness of breath and pneumonia. 

More information on the COVID-19 virus can be found on the WHO website.