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Italia taking precautionary measures to protect LNG shipping against coronavirus

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | March 18, 2020
Italy’s three LNG import terminals at Panigaglia, Rovigo, and Livorno are taking precautionary measures to protect LNG shipping operations against the coronavirus.
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It is recommended that protective equipment is worn if boarding a vessel at the Italian terminals, according to Italian shipbroker Novelmar.

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LNG supply into Italy has fallen recently but it was not clear if this was linked to the impact of the virus or down to broader market dynamics.

In addition, ‘free pratique’ is now required for each ship call, regardless of the ship’s previous port.

Free pratique is the licence given to a ship to enter port on assurance from the captain that the vessel is free from contagious disease.

A ship can signal a request for free pratique by flying a solid, yellow, square-shaped flag.

All ships arriving Italy’s LNG terminals must also send these documents to the local health office: a maritime health declaration; a copy of a sanitary exemption certificate; crew lists; and ports of call during the last 14 days.

The documents must be sent within six hours prior to the vessel’s estimated time of arrival at the Italian terminal, with any update or change to be communicated immediately.

All three Italian LNG terminals are located in the north of Italy: Panigaglia LNG terminal is near La Spezia; Adriatic LNG terminal is near Porto Levante, Rovigo, while OLT Offshore Toscana is near Livorno.