COVID-19: All ships in ports sound horns to signal solidarity

All ships in harbors around the world will sound their horns in 15-second bursts each evening at 18.30.

The world’s maritime sector is standing in solidarity with communities around the world battling the coronavirus pandemic by joining Abu Dhabi Ports’ initiative Horns of Hope.  In this campaign, all ships in harbors around the world will sound their horns in 15-second bursts each evening in recognition and support of the maritime, healthcare, and critical sector personnel who continue to work in mission-critical roles to address the impact of COVID-19.

The initiative received a welcome boost when both the IMO and the Arab Sea Ports Federation formally committed their members to the cause.

In the short time since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, cases continue to soar. More than half the world’s student population is not attending school, offices are working remotely when possible, borders have been closed, airlines have been grounded, and lives disrupted.

However, port workers, mariners, equipment operators and administration staff are continuing to maintain the steady movement of cargo in the face of emergency. Their hard work and dedication help guarantee that supply lines remain open, ensuring that shelves remain stocked and hospitals secure needed medical supplies.

The Horns of Hope campaign will see vessels within the world’s ports and harbors signaling solidarity by sounding their horns each day at 18:30 hours for the remainder of the ongoing global battle against COVID-19.

Kok Leong Lee

Kok Leong Lee

Kok Leong, executive editor, has overall editorial responsibility for the direction and focus of Maritime Fairtrade. He has two decades of working experiences, including holding senior regional roles in business-to-business (B2B) print and online publications. He enjoys his work as a journalist, and regards it as a calling.

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