11 April 20

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) released free COVID-19 guidance for ship operators to help protect the health of seafarers and passengers

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In the current climate, ICS is working hard to support our members and the wider shipping community to provide guidance, recommendations and information for shipowners, seafarers and governments.

On March 5 the International Chamber of Shipping has issued Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance to help protect the health of seafarers and passengers as well as the general public. The following guidance documents plus posters including translations into FrenchArabic and Spanish are available for free download below.

Best practices for completing the pre-transfer conference, as well interactive versions of the ship/shore safety checklist, are free to download here

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers for free download here.
Guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The comprehensive 22-page document has been produced in collaboration with prominent international bodies.


Furthermore, the International Chamber of Shipping today welcomed the guidance issued by the European Commission which calls on EU member states, in coordination with the Commission, to designate ports around EU shores for fast-track crew changes, with adequate facilities for seafarers to undertake medical checks, quarantine if required by the country in question, and transport connections onward to their home country.

Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping said:

“We welcome the leadership provided by the European Commission in their call to EU member states to facilitate the essential movement of seafarers and marine personnel.

Crew change is a massive problem for the entire shipping industry, in addition to ship operators based in Europe, and we hope that this quick response to our calls to the G20 for action globally will act as a catalyst for other nations, and that the G20, in conjunction with IMO, will quickly put in place pragmatic and coordinated arrangements to allow crew changes to take place.

Seafarers are the unsung heroes keeping supply chains open. It is right that we support them as they quietly support all of us.”

On 7 April the International Chamber of Shipping along with the seafarers union the International Transport Workers’ Federation sent a letter to the G20 leaders, including the EU, to support the “Unsung Heroes of Global Trade” and put in place coordinated measures to facilitate safe and effective crew changes.

For the full letter click here

Source: ICS