Recognising its efforts to mitigate the risk and spread of Covid-type diseases, Tasik Subsea’s Southern Star has become the first ship in the world to receive IDM-A (Infectious Disease Mitigation – Arrangements) class notation from ABS
The DP3 dive support vessel’s IDM-A notation signifies that plans have been prepared to prevent any outbreak and, if that is not successful, mitigate any impact caused by Covid-type diseases. Those plans provide critical guidance on effective preparation, prevention and management protocols.
Singapore-based Tasik Subsea said Southern Star has proved to ABS surveyors that is has: developed detailed procedures to deal with crew changes to prevent infectious diseases entering the ship; contain any disease should there be an outbreak; and sensible plans to evacuate any serious cases for treatment. It has also designed a safety ‘citadel’ within the ship by modifying HVAC systems, changing exhaust air routes, changing taps to hands free and segregating the citadel by doors. This allows cabins to be rapidly converted to isolation spaces.
Tasik chief executive John Giddens was delighted that the company’s Covid plans, started at the outset of the pandemic and continually refined, had been acknowledged by ABS. “Like many others, we realised an outbreak of Covid on board our vessel would be a personal and commercial disaster for our crew, our clients and for our company.” Mr Giddens noted an outbreak would “result in stopping the vessel’s work and forcing it to a quarantine anchorage for an extended period, with no movement of people on or off the vessel while the medical issues for our marine and project crew were dealt with.”
Mr Giddens said Tasik Subsea has “been carefully managing our operations and implementing measures to protect our crew and vessel from Covid-19 since early last year. We are pleased to now be able to benchmark our measures against an ABS class standard and are proud to be the first in the world to achieve the IDM-A Class notation.”
He added that the effort would not have been achieved without the “diligent assistance of ABS, the support of our client, Shelf Subsea and the ship manager, Thome Offshore who worked diligently on the hard and soft issues.”
ABS vice president, South Pacific region, global business development Pier Carazzai said the notation “provides confidence for operators on managing their offshore operations in a pandemic. Given the environment on marine and offshore assets is restricted, infectious diseases have the potential to spread rapidly.”
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