Amid the the current pandemic situation which has adversely affected the ability of crew changes, the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) shared recommendations on quarantine and testing requirements for seafarers joining a ship.
In their third video of their series “Protection on Board”, Steamship Mutual focuses on the risks arising when a vessel calls a port, and also addresses the measures taken to mitigate the risk of seafarers contacting the virus.
The Swedish P&I Club issued its COVID-19 handbook, providing practical advice to help both those at sea and those onshore to face the day-to-day challenges posed by the pandemic.
New Zealand announced extension of a ban on cruise ships arriving in the country and tightened quarantine rules, after a small increase of COVID-19 cases were attributed to overseas travel.
Latest reports indicate that seafarers are being denied medical attention by port authorities in some cases, the ICS informed through an updated health guidance for the global shipping industry. The new report seeks to ensure ship operators and crew can safely deal with seafarers struggling with medical conditions amid COVID-19 pandemic.
ETF, ECSA and EMPA welcomed the new recommendations by the European Healthy GateWays on personal protective equipment (PPE) and call for a common approach for the health and safety of maritime transport workers.
The matter of protective personal equipment (PPE) has been at the spotlight due to the spike of the COVID-19 crisis, with key stakeholders, along with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) highlighting the importance of all personnel being protected.
ABS has launched guidance on sanitizing and decontaminating marine and offshore assets exposed to COVID-19. Along with focusing on measures to mitigate exposure and response measures, the guidance includes a risk management framework for ships with respect to COVID-19.
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) launched a new circular concerning operators of harbour craft and pleasure craft, and vessels in port.
Noise on board ships can cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. It is usually gradual because of prolonged exposure to noise, such as working in an engine room without wearing hearing protection. However, hearing loss is not the only problem; seafarers may develop distressing conditions such as ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in the ears, which can lead to disturbed sleep.
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