Cargo ships are modern Flying Dutchman. Legend coming true?

The States worldwide are ramping up restrictive entry rules, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to travel around, for whatever purposes. Latest:
Argentinian government bans all transit, working & temporary visa applications from the following countries have been cancelled until further notice due to the outbreak of the coronavirus:
People Republic of China; Republic of Korea (South Korea); Iran; Japan; USA; UK; EU countries.
The Argentinian Consulates located on those countries will not issue any working/transit and, specially, crew visas.
The shipping is sailing into ideal storm of coronavirus pandemic panic, full speed. How to relief the crews? How to replace crew members in emergency? Singapore Maritime Authority has already implemented a number of measures to help Singaporean shipowners cope with crews problems, but it’s one-way road – it’s nothing more than a permission for crews to remain on board notwithstanding certificates/contracts expiration. OK, but what then? Are crews doomed to sail around until this virus mess is over? How long will it take? How many months? How long will it take for seamen to become vulnerable to psychological breakdowns? They’re not just cut off their families, they can’t even take walk on land, they must remain on board in most ports. It’s a Flying Dutchman legend coming true, real-time show.
Are there any practicable solutions, probably new approaches? Do shipping elites and maritime organizations give a thought or a damn about it? IMO headquarters closed down because of virus, but not forever, I’m afraid, closure regretfully, is only temporary. BIMCO went to mattresses, closed down its’ schools and colleges and whatever else, but will keep fighting for green sustainable future from staffers’ homes, in online mode. Yes, that’s all they’re worried about – emissions, restrictions, total control, agenda didn’t change a bit, virus or no virus, but saving the planet comes first.
The whole virus pandemic problem is apparently, hyped far beyond common sense. There’s no sober and responsible analysis of total quarantines and lockdowns in mainstream media. China didn’t suspend total lockdowns out of CCP whim, or propaganda schemes. China found itself on the verge of a total structural collapse, including economy and infrastructure, so CCP had to suspend mass quarantines. Virus outbreak has become less threat than measures called to contain it. The same will happen in Italy, if Italian PM and government have any brains left, and that’s, as of now, an open question. Italy isn’t alone in insanity – take a look at neighbouring Spain: authorities are closing down ferry links with Italy and Morocco, but… keep taxiing migrants on a daily basis (It’s called “migrants rescue” in modern Orwellian jargon). They let migrants in after a “Red Cross medical check”.
Cruise shipping is closing down and soon will become a memory, hopefully not forever. Merchant shipping is encountering growing problems of unfolding economy recession or already crisis, plus virus fears global paranoia, with crews being treated as extremely dangerous criminals or animals.
To think about it, we get what we deserve, because after all, we elect or allow to rule us, that bunch of parasites worldwide, which calls itself “an elite”.



My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.