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COVID-19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

Dear colleagues, customers and business partners,

We are indeed living in unprecedented times.

As the world comes to terms with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety for our seafarers, shore staff and customers remain the number one priority at BSM and we will do all that we can to keep everyone safe.

We are following the advice of all relevant governments and public health authorities and we have implemented a range of precautionary measures, including social distancing, hygiene protocols, temperature screening and a suspension of all non-essential travels.

Most of our shore employees are working from home where possible, facilitated by our IT colleagues whose hard work has made this possible.

Ensuring continuity of BSM’s service:

Our large multinational pool of seafarers, our 24 Crew Service Centres and 9 Ship Management Centres around the world enable us to respond quickly to local operational requirements.

However, many countries have closed their borders or implemented restrictions on the free movement of citizens. Quarantine measures and new travel restrictions are being imposed at very short notice and numerous travellers have been stranded or quarantined at airports across the world, unable to reach their destinations.

As such, we have had to suspend all crew changes for an initial period up to 30 April 2020, except for emergencies. We are aware that this is a challenging period for our seafarers, and I ask them and their families for their understanding. We will provide whatever support we can, to our seafarers on board and at home.

BSM will continue to closely monitor the situation and take the necessary measures, in consultation with our medical partners and in accordance with World Health Organization guidelines, to ensure the well-being of everyone as we strive for uninterrupted service delivery.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns (ian.beveridge@schultegroup.com).

Ian Beveridge
CEO
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement