COS Weekly Newsletter
On Friday, March 13, Canada ratified the trade agreement (Bill C-4) between Canada, the United States of America and the United Mexican States (CUSMA). Canada was the last of the three parties to ratify CUSMA, following the United States and Mexico. CUSMA is set to come into force on the first day of the third month after all countries have given notice of completing the internal procedures required to ratify it. Barring delays due to the current coronavirus outbreak, CUSMA could come into force on June 1, 2020.
The Port of Houston's two container terminals were shut down for 23 hours after a part-time truck driver was tested positive for COVID-19. The Port shut the terminals to allow for an investigation by the Port and the International Longshoremen's Association to identify the worker's contacts with other employees. These employees are in self-quarantine. The shut down highlights how susceptible the supply chain is to a COVID-19 disruption.
Mar 25 - PACMAR/NANS Committee Meeting
Mar 28 - COS Liner Committee Meeting
Apr 8 - ICS Board of Directors Meeting
Ship of the Week
The US Navy Mercy-class Hospital Ship, USNS Comfort is being dispatched to New York City to provide 1,000 beds, freeing up space in hospitals for coronavirus patients. While the vessel is not equipped to handle infectious disease patients, it will be used to provide care for trauma victims, allowing more beds in hospitals for those with the coronavirus. The floating hospital has previously been sent to disaster zones such as Haiti and post-Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Capacity: 63 civilian, 956 naval hospital staff, 258 naval support staff, up to 1,000 bed patients
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