Our journey involves a lot of technology that large shipping companies supply
They provide us the best travelling conditions to stay fresh (temperature, humidity, ventilation, …). Our journey involves a lot of technology that large shipping companies supply. But the coronavirus has interfered with this supply chain.
The shipping industry is one of the latest sectors affected by COVID-19. As we can see from their webpages (click on: Maersk, MSC, COSCO, Hapag-Lloyd), coronavirus has had an impact on the number of available reefer plugs. Never before had their China-related business been so negatively impacted.
Moreover, according to the UN (in their Review of Maritime Transport 2019):
“China is a key player in dry bulk and containerized trade, accounting for nearly half of global maritime trade growth in the past decade. In 2018, maritime imports from China were estimated at one fourth of maritime trade worldwide. In this context, the outlook for such trade is highly dependent on developments in the Chinese economy”.
Even the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have issued a joint statement on the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, calling for the collaboration of all parties involved in maritime transport.
We hope that every effort will be made promptly and will yield positive results.
Work is being done, so we can keep calm :-).