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News: ICS revises the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance for ship operators for the protection of the health of seafarers

01 October 2020

The experience and knowledge of COVID-19 has substantially increased in the last few months, and the International Chamber of Shipping has now published a new, fully updated version of Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers, reflecting the latest thinking and advice on the virus.

Version 3 has an updated introduction reflecting the situation nine months on from the start of the global pandemic and adds two new annexes on PCR testing and managing multiple cases of COVID-19 on board vessels. This replaces version 2, published in May, and should be read in conjunction with COVID-19 – Protocols to Mitigate the Risks of Cases on Board Ships.  

In addition to the new PCR Testing Procedures Matrix, the publication also includes updated practical advice on the use of masks, renewing prescriptions, support and logistics supply, decision making for on board suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases and measures to enhance mental health and wellbeing. 

The ICS press release along with the revised guidance is available for download on the right.