ICS: Updated Coronavirus Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has updated its guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers.
This document provides comprehensive recommendations on safe port entry, shipboard measures to address risks associated with COVID-19, managing an outbreak of Covid-19 onboard ship and on other medical issues arising during Covid-19. The latest version of this guidance can be downloaded here.
Members are also directed to the UK Club’s Coronavirus page on our website for additional guidance on P&I and FDD issues relating to Covid-19.
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers
In response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, this Guidance has been produced by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to support all types of ships which operate in international waters. The purpose is to help shipping companies follow advice provided by United Nations agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), as well as the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) recognised the negative effect that bullying and harassment can have on seafarer health and wellbeing, and have voted to bring these serious issues under Regulation 4.3 – the health and safety protection and accident protection code.
The International Group of P&I Clubs, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), BIMCO and InterManager (the “international industry organisations”) draw Members’ attention to the series of recent ship detentions and crew arrests in Mexico and, in the case of the UBC Savannah, the lengthy and continuing detention in custody of the ship’s Master without any formal