The on-going global outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having an impact on global shipping, affecting all shipping sectors from passenger ships to container ships and oil tankers.
The coronavirus crisis escalated to unprecedented levels in Europe in March 2020, with a severe impact on health, people and economy. Many countries have responded to the pandemic by imposing lockdowns or restricting movement in the last months.
The European Union is responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 and its consequences by adopting a wide range of measures in many areas (health, economy, research, border, mobility, etc.). Since the start of the COVID19 crisis, the Commission, the Member States and the shipping industry have been taking measures to ensure the continuity of operations and thus the security of supply.