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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Taking some simple precautions can reduce our chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

We have collated some useful resources for seafarers, ship owners and ship management companies, and other members of the maritime industry in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak*. Please find a list of links and some useful documents below:

World Health Organization:

International Maritime Organization:

International Chamber of Shipping:

Coronavirus (COVID19) Port/Country Implications:

COVID-19 Information Dashboard (country- and port-specific advice on COVID-19 measures):

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Global Port Restrictions Map (updated daily):

Management of Suspected COVID-19 on Board (information for officers responsible for medical treatment on board ships and mobile offshore units):

Seafarers' access to long-term medications (International Transport Workers' Federation):

Coronavirus - How to Beat it (free-of-charge awareness video by Seagull and Videotel):

Coronavirus - Stay Safe on Board (video produced by Marine Media Enterprises with the support of Columbia Ship Management, ISWAN and Steamship Mutual):

CHIRP Maritime (April 2020):

ISWAN articles:

*Please note: The COVID-19 situation is constantly changing so please refer to the WHO website for the latest guidance and updates.

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