Dear Masters, Officers, Engineers, Crew members!
As a General Manager of Stamco Manning Varna Office I would like to give you some clarification and advices about the sudden and unexpected situation with Coronavirus!
First of all I believe all of you and your families maintain good health and all of you are in good condition!!!
As far as you know very well the Whole World is attacked by the furious CORONAVIRUS!!!
The infection started about 3 months ago in China and presently spread very fast around the World with unknown power. The situation is very dynamic, changes very fast even not day by day but hour by hour. The Government of our home country Bulgaria declared “NATIONAL EMERGENCY” last Friday by closing all Universities, schools, kindergartens, shops, restaurants, coffee shops, places for entertainment, hotels, sport, events suspended, opera, theatre..etc.… FYI LAST TIME WHEN SUCH A SITUATION WAS ANNOUNCED IN BULGARIA WAS IN 1945!!!..THE ONLY OPEN AREAS ARE THE HOSPITALS, PHARMACIES, SUPERMARKETS, GAS STATIONS, BANK OFFICES AND SOME ADMINISTRATIONS. HOWEVER ABOVE OPERATES UNDER A LOT OF RESTRICTIONS IN ORDER TO AVOID SUMMONING MORE INDIVIDUALS ALTOGETHER. ALL PASSENGERS WHO SOMEHOW SUCCEEDED TO REACH THEIR HOMES AND ARRIVING FROM CORONAVIRUS DANGEROUS COUNTRIES ARE PUT UNDER AT LEAST 14 DAYS QUARANTINE REGARDLESS THEY SUFFER OR NOT ANY CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS!!! Numerous countries around the world are under same restrictions and even more – plenty of them closed the Country borders( about 80%), airports for all passengers, a lot of flights were suspended until further notice. Suspended Champions League and all sport events worldwide, All soccer competitions., the stadiums are closed, the sport halls..etc..By this way huge number of passengers are “entrapped” at airports/ stations/ terminals/ hotels..etc..due to chaos..( as a stated above the situation is very dynamic and change even minute by minute). The streets in the cities are empty and abandoned.
THE BULGARIAN GOVERNMENT AND THE WHO( WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION) STRONGLY…REPEAT VERY STRONGLY RECOMMEND TO SUSPEND THE TRAVELLING AROUND THE WORLD( EXCEPT THE EMERGENCY CASES) IN ORDER TO PREVENT AND TO FIGHT WITH THE VIRUS.
THERE IS NO ROOM FOR PANIC!!!!!
BELIEVE ME THE FACT THAT THE VESSELS AS AN ISOLATED UNITS ARE ONE OF THE MOST SAFE PLACES IN THE WORLD!!!!!!
MY PERSONAL REQUEST AS A SEAMAN TO SEAMEN IS TO ALL OF YOU TO CONTINUE TO CARRY OUT YOUR DUTIES WITH EVEN HIGHER FEELING OF RESPONSIBILITY. FOLLOW STRICTLY THE COMPANY’S ORDERS/ INSTRUCTIONS/ CIRCULARS FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH AND DESEASE PREVENTION.
OUR MAIN GOAL IS THE GOOD HEALTH STATUS OF OUR MEMBERS ONBOARD VESSELS AND ASHORE!!!
DEAR SEAMEN WITH RESIGNATION NOTICES, PLEASE BE PATIENT ALL OF YOU!!!
P L E A S E!!! P L E A S E!!! P L E A S E!!!
PRESENTLY THE SITUATION WITH THE TRAVELLING IS BEYOND OUR COMPANY’S AUTHORITY AND WILLINGS! IN ADDITION IT IS NOT SAFE AT ALL TO TRAVEL AND WE DON’T LIKE TO PUT YOUR AND YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH IN DANGER!!! THERE IS A BIG CHANCE TO CATCH THE VIRUS DURING TRAVELLING HOME OR TO JOIN A VESSEL AT PRESENT TIME!!!
THIS IS ALSO THE VERY STRONG REQUEST FROM THE BULGARIAN GOVERNMENT – ALL CITIZENS TO POSTPONE THEIR PLANS – TRAVELLING TO/ FROM VIRUS DANGER COUNTRIES, MEETINGS, CELEBRATIONS, TO MAINTAIN HOME QUARANTINE…ETC.. FURTHERMORE IT IS NOT A REQUEST..IT IS A LAW FROM THE GOVERNMENT. THE VIOLATORS WHO DON’T FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED AS CRIMINALS!!!
NOW THERE IS NO TIME FOR MAKING PERSONAL PLANS, NOW IS TIME TO ALL OF US TO FIGHT TOGETHER AGAINST THE VIRUS!!! PLEASE COMMUNICATE OFTEN WITH YOUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, ENCOURAGE THEM IN THIS WAR AGAINST THE VIRUS!!! NOW IS TIME TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF ALL OF US, THE ONES ONBOARD VESSELS AND THE ONES AT OUR HOMES!!!
DEAR SEAMEN WHO ARE ASHORE IN BULGARIA AND WAITING TO BE RE-EMPLOYED,
I PROMISE THAT IMMEDIATELY, REPEAT IMMEDIATELY UPON IMPROVEMENT OF THE SITUATION ALL OF YOU WILL HAVE ASSIGNMENTS ONBOARD OUR FLEET !!!
PLEASE RE-ARRANGE YOUR FAMILY BUDGET AND BE PATIENT!!!
NOW IS TIME ALL OF US TO BE UNITED, TO FORGET ABOUT PERSONAL PLANS AND AFTER THE CRISIS OF THIS VIRUS TO BECOME MORE STRONGER AND MORE REALISTIC!!!
I WISH YOU ALWAYS CALM SEAS, UNEVENTFUL VOYAGES, GOOD HEALTH TO YOU AND TO YOUR FAMILIES!
GOD BLESS YOU!!!
BEST REGARDS/ CAPT.ZOLTAN SULAY
STAMCO MANNING VARNA, GENERAL MANAGER