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The global concern about the outbreak of COVID-19 has put a lot of pressure on the shipping industry, especially to those operators trading to Far East and Chinese Ports. The whole community has responded to this major coronavirus outbreak by issuing guidance and instructions on what measures should be taken to avoid contagion.

Both IMO and WHO as well as several Flag Administrations and Associations provide updates on the issue to help combat the spread of coronavirus which has claimed more lives than SARS, disrupting both the world economy and trade.

In response, SQEMARINE consulting firm offers a comprehensive contingency plan providing guidance and precautions to minimize risks of infection from the new Coronavirus (COVID-19) to seafarers, passengers and all people onboard as well as instructions in case of emergency.

The plan has been developed in accordance with IMO Circular letter No.4203 & 4204ICS Corona Virus GuidanceWHO guidance and other marine industry guidance available and forms practical guide to manage any Coronavirus- related emergency situation onboard.

Apart from providing a general picture of the symptoms and transmission, it also offers risk assessment, general rules for hygiene onboard as well as port precautions and emergency actions in case of infection, from onboard actions to port related and key requirements to develop a medical isolation area. Posters and forms in the end of the manual can help seafarers to keep in mind key measures in order to stay protected and face any related incident.

Learn more at https://sqemarine.com/covid-19-emergency-situation/

Source – https://safety4sea.com/cm-fighting-coronavirus-a-contingency-plan-onboard-is-vital/