International Chamber of Shipping updates health guidance on COVID-19
New health guidance has been published by the International Chamber of Shipping to help the shipping industry tackle the spread of COVID-19, now nine months into the pandemic.
The new guidance, last revised in May, is a completely revised version of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of Seafarers' Health, which represents the latest thinking and advice on the virus.
An updated introduction reflecting the situation nine months after the start of the global pandemic is included in the most recent edition and introduces two additional annexes on PCR testing and the control of multiple cases of COVID-19 on board vessels.
“Our seafarers continue to work tirelessly to ensure the global supply of goods and services during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is essential that governments and shipping companies do all they can to support this updated Guidance and seafarers use its recommendations to ensure we all do our bit to keep everyone safe,” said Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping.
The new 48 page Guidance has been developed with support from a number of prominent international bodies including:
- The International Maritime Organization (IMO)
- The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
- The International Maritime Health Association (IMHA)
- The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)
The guidance is intended to be used on all types of ships and aims to recognize the particular needs of both cargo and passenger ships.
Maritime Business World