Update on AET’s response to COVID-19

Dear AET stakeholders,

Further to our last communique of 18 March, AET continues to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus situation in all areas we operate, regionally and globally. Our thoughts continue to be with those who have been impacted by this global pandemic.

This is a rapidly changing situation and we have seen more governments and health authorities around the world tightening their measures against COVID-19 over the past two weeks, including city lockdowns and closures of most schools and workplaces in view of the heightened risk of local and regional transmission.

In AET, we continue to reinforce our Pandemic Response measures, supporting the national/regional guidelines and supplementing them with our own to stay ahead of the curve. Our organisation has a global presence and our business has been listed as “Essential or Critical Business Services”  in key localities, enabling us to continue to operate with small, staggered teams from our offices where necessary for business efficiency whilst most of our shore staff work from home. All systems have been stress tested for our shore staff operating remotely, enabling AET to maintain its efficiency and uninterrupted service. We have taken every precaution to continue to protect the health and safety of our employees while providing the service levels expected by our customers and industry stakeholders.

Our operations around the globe continue to run 24/7 with minimal interference, and both our shore and seastaff are well, including our LSV staff and Mooring Masters. We are constantly working to anticipate and prevent potential disruptions that may affect the quality and timeliness of our services but always prioritising the health and safety of our personnel. Crew changes in various ports are being restricted and without airlines flying to most localities, our seastaff onboard remain committed to ensuring global trade continues. We ask for your support wherever possible, to lobby the decision makers in your locality to moderate these restrictions with appropriate risk mitigation measures. Likewise, we are making our own representations through industry bodies and flag states. We need to support each other as an industry, which transports close to 90% of world’s trade, the most cost and environmentally efficient mode of transportation of goods and commodities around the world.

Over the past two weeks, we have received numerous encouraging messages and calls from our valued stakeholders. My management team and I truly appreciate your kind support and encouragement. Thank you as well to those who have pointed to the far-reaching health impact of the virus in so many places and the measures that you and your organisations have taken to combat this “invisible enemy”. Your feedback is important to us as it helps to improve our decision-making process. We remain committed to be part of the solution against this pandemic threat, which unfortunately is still evolving as we speak.

We would like to reiterate our wish for you, your family, loved ones and all your colleagues to successfully cope with the challenges that still lay ahead of us. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me or my team if there is anything we can assist you with.

Yours sincerely,
Capt. Rajalingam Subramaniam
President & CEO
AET Tankers