March 17, 2020 Update

Tall Ships America is alongside our tall ships and sail training program operators monitoring this national health crisis as it evolves. We are all responsible for assessing and managing risks inherent to the world of Adventure and Education Under Sail® yet the situation we are facing is unprecedented.

Access to guidance and information about appropriate response is readily available, and we urge all to keep up to date with this dynamic situation and do our part to prevent further spread in our local communities and around the world. Links to some of these resources are below.

Tall Ships America’s job is to support our members and our community of vessel operators, programs, ports, educators, captains, crew, and shoreside staff. We are sharing information and resources that may be helpful for our community now, and we realize there will be long-lasting effects that we all are likely to experience. We will continue to search for resources that may mitigate the negative impact for our individual and organizational members and will continue to provide updates relevant to our segment of the maritime community.

Importantly, we know there will be relief as all of the measures begin to take hold and the pandemic subsides. We will be alongside throughout so we can all emerge with plans and actions that encourage a speedier recovery, a stronger community, and more resilience for the future.

Let us know how we can help you – and we will do all we can.

Kris Von Wald, PhD, Executive Director


CDC Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019

WHO Operational Considerations for Managing COVID-19 cases and outbreaks on board ships

USCG Military Safety Information Bulletin

McKinsey Report – Implications for Business

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March  6, 2020

As the member organization for tall ship operators and sail training programs and the organizer of the TALL SHIP CHALLENGE® and other port events, Tall Ships America is closely monitoring the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak. We will stay in contact with our port partners, participating vessels, and member organizations to collect the most current information relating to programming, crew and trainee engagement, destinations and events.

We encourage our member vessels, individual members, and North American port partners to review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the most current, accurate information on COVID-19/Coronavirus (

For those who are abroad, or intending to travel abroad, please consult the U.S. Department of State’s travel advice database ( and/or the U.K.’s Foreign Travel Advice database (

Please contact the Tall Ships America office directly if you have any information or questions concerning this developing situation.