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COVID-19 Maritime & Supply Chain Updates

Tuesday, March 24, 2020  

COVID-19 Maritime Supply Chain Resources

We will keep this page updated with the latest relevant COVID-19 measures and guidance from our federal, state, and local partners, as well as sending through our normal email distribution channels. Please ensure your email communication settings are set to receive messages from us.  


 Click here for the latest information Virginia-specific on the 

Commonwealth's COVID-19 website

If you have Offers of Assistance (donations, in-kind, discounted, contract), the Virginia Department of Emergency Management requests you provide them via  If you would like to do business with Virginia for the COVID-19 response and are not registered as a vendor, please register here:

 Please email with questions about emergency relief efforts.  


U.S. Coast Guard


MSIB 09-20 - Vessel Inspections, Exams, and Documentation

Alternative commercial vessel compliance measures and extensions. 


MSIB 08-20 - Mariner Credentials  

Regional Exam Center closings and endorsement extensions.


MSIB 07-20 - Port and Facility Operations

Stresses the importance of finding alternative ways of conducting operations while still adhering to important safety and security standards.


MSIB 06-20 - Vessel Reporting Requirements for Illness or Death

Immediate reporting requirements for crew with specific symptoms.


MSIB 02-20 Change 3

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that member companies were voluntarily suspending cruise ship operations from U.S. ports of call for 30 days.


MSIB 02-20 Change 2

Additional restrictions on vessels from European states within the Schengen Area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.


MSIB 02-20 Change 1

Restrictions on vessels from Iran & China.



DHS Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

CISA has released official guidance for lifeline sectors and essential businesses in how best to consider prioritizing activities,  staffing their essential workforce and maintaining operations during the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly when state and local government entities are considering shelter-in-place orders and/or other turning down of operations to help slow the spread of Covid-19 Corona virus. 



Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Guidance ensuring that commercial driver’s license holders are available to operate commercial motor vehicles during the national emergency.  



Virginia Port Authority

Click here to view the Virginia Port Authority's latest COVID-19 related planning measures and operational updates as of March 19, 2020.


Commonwealth of Virginia

Additional Measures.  On March 23, 2020, Gov. Northam issued Executive Order 53, implementing additional long term action to mitigate the impacts of this virus on the Commonwealth. Click here for frequently asked questions regarding Executive Order 53. 

10-Patron Limit. On March 17, 2020, Gov. Northam issued a Public Health Emergency Order prohibiting more than 10 patrons in restaurants, fitness centers, and theaters. The order gives local and state law enforcement the ability to enforce this ban and will remain in full effect until “amended or rescinded.”

Support for Impacted Employers. The Governor’s website also includes up-to-date information for impacted employers under the coronavirus updates section.


Please don't hesitate to contact us with a questions.  

Will Fediw
Vice President, Industry & Government Affairs
757-622-2639 (office)
757-418-4413 (mobile)

236 E. Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

Thank you to our Anchor Members



Virginia Maritime Association
236 E. Plume Street Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-622-2639
Fax: 757-622-6302