Reduce the risk of novel coronavirus on ships, and ICS and other organizations release reference agreements.
The novel coronavirus will provide an effective reference for reducing the risk of new coronavirus on board.
On August 26, 2020, the International Chamber of shipping - ics, together with the international maritime Health Association – IMHA and the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners – The novel coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) is also being issued jointly by INTERTANKO to reduce the risk of infection and transmission of the new coronavirus outbreak. The purpose of the agreement is to protect the health of seafarers and the safe operation of maritime trade, and to ensure that seafarers can safely board ships and change shifts to governments and the public.
Recently, because a small number of people did not comply with the code of practice, there were concerns about new pneumonia on board. Although the number of cases is very limited, the new agreement will provide a reference for shipowners and ship operators to safely manage the cases of shipboard infection. Based on the previous health guidelines issued by ICs in May, the new agreement provides two effective references for ship operators
1) A flow chart to help determine the procedures to be followed in handling a large number of suspected cases; and
2) A model of polymerase chain reaction testing procedures to help determine what to do before boarding, when to board and whether suspected cases are found on board.
Since novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak, the novel coronavirus related activities have restricted the arrangement of crew shift in the global shipping industry. At present, more than 250000 seafarers are stranded at sea waiting to be repatriated.
Novel coronavirus health guidelines were introduced in March in May, and the health care was updated in May to protect the health of crews, passengers and the public.
These comprehensive documents ensure the safe operation of maritime trade and assure governments that the risks to public health caused by crew replacement and maritime trade are limited.
Novel coronavirus, ICS seafarers director Natalie Seaan, said: "the new agreement based on our previous guidelines on prevention should enable the industry and government to believe that maritime trade can operate safely, especially when there are suspected cases of new coronavirus on board the ship", "said Natalie, Shawn. Novel coronavirus cases have arened in the crew in recent weeks. We have decided to work together with IMHA and INTERTANKO to develop and publish new agreements.
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