BUDD P&I Correspondent: Rouen-Le Havre, Channel & Atlantic Ports

BUDD’s Channel and Atlantic team of experienced, dedicated P&I claims handlers with considerable legal and technical expertise, are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year round, to attend to incidents promptly and proactively. Their excellent relationships and experience with local authorities, port officials, terminals and receivers are key in helping to expedite the handling of cases to reduce exposure and bring about the timely and equitable settlement of claims.


Benin: New Decree on Armed Guards

Since January 2020, Benin's Navy has been providing armed guards to vessels calling in Cotonou free of charge. Following an interministerial decree published on 13 July 2020 (see translation into English here), this is set to change.


Algeria: Bejaia Port Strike

Following a conflict with the port of Bejaia's President and General Manager, port workers started an indefinite strike last week.


Senegal Steps Up Immigration & Customs Controls

For the last 18 months or so, vessels calling in Dakar have been confronted more and more frequently with Customs fines. The situation has become progressively more difficult as the grounds on which fines are levied have become more and more diverse, and the amount of the fines themselves have reached astronomical levels.


COVID-19: Lockdown in Liberia

On 10 April, the Government of Liberia declared a 21-day state of emergency in four counties (Montserrado, Nimba, Grand Kru and Margibi) and put the rest of the country into a 14-day quarantine.


COVID-19: Medical Evacuations Possible in China

On 26 March 2020, China suspended the entry of foreign nationals due to the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the world.


COVID-19: Preventive Measures in Cotonou, Benin

In a circular dated 27 March 2020, Cotonou’s Harbour Master informed all port stakeholders and users that the following measures had been introduced to limit the COVID-19 outbreak:


COVID-19: Vietnam Bans Passenger Vessels

Following the news that, in a move to limit the spread of the COVID 19 outbreak, Vietnam had closed its courts up to the end of March 2020, Budd Vietnam advises that this measure has now been extended with the introduction of a 15-day period of social distancing starting from today (1 April 2020) onwards.​


COVID-19: State of Emergency in Angola

On Wednesday, 25 March 2020, in view of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, the President of the Republic of Angola declared a State of Emergency throughout the national territory from 00:00LT on 27 March 2020 for a period of 15 days, subject to renewal.


COVID-19: Tunisia Update - Vessel Disinfection

Budd Tunisia reports that Tunisian stevedoring companies have introduced a new requirement for vessels berthing in Tunisian ports.

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