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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers (29 May 2020)

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 brand new guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

This guidance has been revised and the latest version was released on 29 May 2020. The 48-page document builds on the previous guidance issued in March, providing comprehensive recommendations on:

  • Safe port entry
  • Shipboard measures to address risks associated with COVID-19
  • Managing an outbreak of COVID-19 on board ships
  • Managing other medical issues during COVID-19, including medical assistance to seafarers in ports
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