The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued new guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of the coronavirus
A new comprehensive document produced in collaboration with international bodies including IMO and WHO has been designed to support all types of vessels that operate in international waters.
The report covers port entry restrictions and preboarding screening, offers practical protective measures and contains an outbreak management plan.
The document contains advice on hygiene measures for seafarers on ships, managing high-risk exposure, isolation and cleaning, disinfection and waste management. The guidance also includes a sample of a preboarding passenger locator form and a WHO Covid-19 support and logistics supplies list.
ICS secretary general Guy Platten said “With no vaccine currently available to tackle the coronavirus, all industries and governments must take appropriate steps to contain the spread.
Shipping is responsible for 90% of global trade and recognises its responsibility in helping tackle this global health issue while ensuring the wheels of global trade continue to turn.
“This document is the result of careful and considered collaboration with international partners. It is intended to be comprehensive, but also easy to understand and implement, providing shipowners and operators who are dealing with the sharp end of the crisis with the reassurance and guidance needed to continue to carry out their operations.
However Mr Platten noted that the ICS is aware the situation is constantly changing and added that they will continue to work with international bodies to ensure the guidance offered is line with the most up-to-date developments.
The document is available free to download from the ICS website and will be shared via social media. IMO will circulate the ICS guidance on coronavirus as an annex to an IMO circular letter and other shipping organisations will also be encouraged to distribute the guidance.