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COVID-19 Maritime & Supply Chain Updates

Tuesday, March 24, 2020  

COVID-19 Maritime Supply Chain Resources

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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.  

DHS Cyber & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)


*UPDATED GUIDANCE* regarding Critical Infrastructure Workforce (3/28) 


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)

Click here for the latest COVID-related information from 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.


Commonwealth of Virginia

Virginia COVID-19 Resources for Businesses. Click here for a compilation of resources and information for Virginia businesses in relation to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Click here for the latest Executive Actions from Governor Northam. 

Phase Two Further Easing of Temporary Restrictions. On June 2, 2020, Governor Northam released Executive Order 65, stating that effective Friday, June 5, 2020, further easing of certain restrictions will take place in most of the state.

Face Covering Requirement inside Buildings. On May 26, 2020, Governor Northam released Executive Order 63, stating that all patrons in the Commonwealth aged ten and over shall when entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside the settings listed cover their mouth and nose with a face covering, as described and recommended by the CDC.

Phase One Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions. On May 8, 2020, Governor Northam released Executive Order 61, stating that effective 12:00 a.m., Friday, May 15, 2020, certain businesses will be authorized to reopen with specific restrictions. As per Executive Order 62, the Northern Virginia Region will delay reopening.  

Statewide Stay at Home Order.  On March 30, 2020, Gov. Northam issued Executive Order 55, implementing a statewide Stay at Home order to protect the health and safety of Virginians and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The executive order takes effect immediately and will remain in place until June 10, 2020, unless amended or rescinded by a further executive order. 

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. 


U.S. Coast Guard

MSIB 08-20, Change 2 - Extension of Mariner Credentials

This MSIB updates guidance concerning mariner credentials, medical certificates and course approvals, and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due to the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes (COVID-19).  


MSIB 02-20, Change 5 - Updated Vessel Reporting Requirements & Control Actions

This update adds the Republic of Brazil to the list of countries with entry restrictions. 


MSIB 07-20, Change 2 - Port and Facility Operations

This update includes updates regarding Declarations of Inspection (DOI), frequency of required equipment testing, Third Party Audits/Assessments related to facility security, and facility safety/security inspections. 


MSIB 02-20, Change 4 - Updated Vessel Reporting Requirements & Control Actions

Vessels arriving to or traveling between any U.S. port or place must follow reporting and infection control measures to maintain the safety of personnel onboard vessels as well as within the port.


MSIB 07-20, Change 1 - Port & Facility Operations

This change addresses Declarations of Inspection (DOI) and Declarations of Security (DoS) and the use of electronic signatures or maintaining two separate forms.


MSIB 14-20 - Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extensions

An adjustment to the extension policy for those vessels impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with BWTS compliance dates before 1 April 2021.


MSIB 13-20 - Transportation Worker Identification Credential Operations

Flexibility to prevent undue delays when compliance with these regulations cannot reasonably be met as a result of COVID-19.


MSIB 12-20 - Vessel & Facility Response Plans 

A reminder that vessel and facility owners or operators must ensure the availability of response resources remain within stipulated response times during the COVID-19 pandemic.


MSIB 11-20 - Identification of Essential Maritime Critical Infrastructure Workers

Further identification of essential maritime critical infrastructure employees. 

MSIB 10-20 - Drug Testing Guidance Regarding COVID-19

Guidance, which, along with any subsequent updates, will remain in effect during the COVID-19 national emergency, to help protect our essential maritime workforce, while also ensuring drug testing continues to serve as a deterrent.


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

Alternative commercial vessel compliance measures and extensions. 


MSIB 08-20, Change 1 - Extension of Mariner Credentials 

Provides guidance concerning mariner credentials and medical certificates and the action being taken by the Coast Guard due COVID-19.


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.



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

236 E. Plume Street
Norfolk, VA 23510

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