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Tuesday, May 12, 2020 

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has produced guidance for shipping companies on ensuring a safe shipboard interface between ship- and shore-based personnel, including passengers and visiting workers.

The guidance is based on the latest IMO Circular Letter, No.4204/Add.16, which has been issued as a result of guidance developed by ICS and a coalition of industry associations. IMO Circular 4204/Add.16 aims to address major concerns and expectations of ship’s crews and shore-based personnel through the implementation of practical, risk-based measures to address Covid-19 risks to all personnel involved in the ship/shore interface.

Jonathan Spremulli, Principal Director, Marine ICS, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic is creating unprecedented challenges for the maritime sector. To keep everybody safe in the sector, including ships’ crews and shore-based personnel visiting ships to do essential work, it is clear that we are all going to have to work together and cooperate to ensure that we all have a safe place to work. The message from this guidance is that clear communication is vital. We need to reduce the risk to all parties and communication is key. The maritime sector has to continue to operate so that countries can maintain essential supplies of food, fuel and other goods, including vital medical supplies, that we all need. But we must do this safely and in a way that eliminates the risk of infection for our seafarers and those coming aboard.”

The ICS guidance for shipping companies is freely available to download here.

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