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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers

This guidance has been designed to support all types of ships which operate in international waters to limit the spread of the Coronavirus.

On 5 March 2020, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) issued this brand new guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The document contains advice on managing port entry restrictions and offers practical protective measures against COVID-19 for seafarers, including an Outbreak Management Plan. Information around important topics is provided, including port entry restrictions,pre-boarding screening, education and what to do in suspected cases of infection. There is also straightforward advice on hygiene measures for seafarers on ships, managing high risk exposure, case handling, isolation and cleaning, disinfection and waste management. The guidance also comes with posters which can be printed out and placed on board ships, as well as a Sample Pre-Boarding Passenger Locator Form and a WHO COVID-19 Support and Logistics Supplies List.

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