Vroon Offshore’s anchor-handling tug supply (AHTS) vessel VOS Tethys has achieved a ‘Biosafe Ship’ notation, the eighth vessel in the owner’s Genoa fleet to receive voluntary safety certification
The Biosafe Ship notation signifies the implementation of various systems and procedures to mitigate the risk of the spread of infectious diseases. Such specialised safety notations have emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic. RINA awarded the notation to the AHTS vessel during an intermediate drydocking at Palumbo Shipyard in Malta, Vroon stated in a social media post.
Biosafe Ship is a new goal-based notation, based on many different systems, components and operative procedures to control and prevent a possible onboard infection outbreak. VOS Tethys is one of eight vessels in Vroon’s Genoa fleet to have obtained the notation.
“Thanks to the shipyard and our VOS colleagues who ensured that, although conducted at very short notice and under strict Covid-19 restrictions, the docking was completed efficiently and in line with the planning,” said Vroon.
The voluntary notation is based on a biosafe index that takes into account different systems, components and operative procedures to control and prevent possible onboard infection outbreak. This covers ship arrangements, systems and components, procedures and training.
Ship’s design solutions, for example, can be used to prevent and control an infection on board, such as access and routes for people and goods, public space and working spaces.
RINA says health screening, distancing monitoring, sanitation and measures to prevent the permanence of the virus on the surfaces, together with novel technologies, play an important role in preventing the risk of infections.
Training on health issues in normal and emergency conditions is vital for the seafarers on board, in particular for those who play important role on the monitoring, control and management of the health conditions on board.
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