Promoting Public Health Measures in Response to COVID-19 on Cargo Ships and Fishing Vessels   [open pdf - 363KB]

From the Introduction: "Seafarers on cargo ships (vessels that transport goods and carry no passengers) and fishing vessels face particular challenges to carrying out their functions and maintaining their health in the time of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. This document provides guidance for shipowners, seafarers, unions and associations and competent authorities for health and transport on protecting seafarers working on cargo ships and fishing vessels from transmission of SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] (the virus that causes COVID-19) and management of COVID-19 cases that may occur in this population. [...] The guidance in this document is intended to provide the basis for addressing the following issues: [1] Medical doctors are generally not on the crew of these vessels, nor is there the same level of medical supplies and equipment that would be available on a passenger ship. [2] Specific plans for COVID-19 prevention and care may not be in place, and generic guidance for respiratory diseases may be insufficient for managing COVID-19. [3] Seafarers may not have access to personal protective measures or personal protective equipment or training in using it. [4] Seafarers are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting on-board facilities; but protocols and guidance for environmental measures, including cleaning and disinfection measures for specific pathogens, may not be available for COVID-19. [5] Public health policies, including requirements for preventing transmission, vary on ships and ports of call around the world, and this variation may create confusion."

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