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Lawyer Says Ebola Threat to Shipping ‘Considerable’

(TradeWinds)

The impact of the Ebola outbreak on shipping continues to grow as more ports around the world take precautionary action against ships that have visited West Africa.

TradeWinds reported how some vessels are now asking for a premium to call at some high-risk ports in the region. This week, the UK said it would monitor Automatic Identification System (AIS) data to identify vessels calling at countries affected by Ebola. That follows a move by Singapore to impose an automatic quarantine on ships if they have visited an affected area within the last 60 days.

Malta has already refused entry to the 32,000-dwt Western Copenhagen (built 2013) because of concerns that one of the crew had contracted the disease. Read more here.