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Corona among crew members will prove costly for shipowners in 2022

The world's largest marine insurer, Gard, expects the Covid-19 pandemic to become an expensive affair for shipping next year, too, and the Omicron variant will only make matters worse, says CEO Rolf Thore Roppestad in an interview with ShippingWatch.

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The world's largest marine insurer, Norwegian firm Gard, expects high payouts tied to sick crew members in 2022 following the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, CEO Rolf Thore Roppestad tells ShippingWatch in an interview.

"Covid still has an impact on both operations and injury figures. We must be prepared for relatively high payouts resulting from sick crew members in 2022 as well," the CEO says.

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