COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) TEMPORARY EFFECTS ON QUARANTINE REQUIREMENTS, PILOTAGE, VTS, REPORTING, RADIO COMMUNICATIONS AND TRANSMISSIONS
An increasing number of ports are introducing specific quarantine reporting requirements with regards to this virus. Its continued spread is also impacting a number of other services covered by Admiralty List of Radio Signals products. Due to the ongoing and dynamic nature of the situation, mariners should contact the appropriate Port Authority, VTS, Pilot, coastguard, radio station or other designated body covering their planned route and destination, for the latest advice and procedures. Due to the rapidly changing situation, it is advised to check local situation at the earliest opportunity when passage planning.
Delays to Updating Information Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
An increasing number of Governments are introducing stringent domestic quarantine measures to suppress the spread of the virus. Due to the ongoing and dynamic nature of the situation some Hydrographic Offices are unable to produce product updates via Notice to Mariners. NAVAREA and local warnings are still being issued. As the UKHO become aware, we will endeavour to list the areas affected (see below).