This 48-page document builds on the previous guidance issued in March by the International Chamber of Shipping, providing comprehensive recommendations on:

  • Safe port entry
  • Shipboard measures to address risks associated with COVID-19
  • Managing an outbreak of COVID-19 on board ships
  • Managing other medical issues during COVID-19, including medical assistance to seafarers in ports.

Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping said: ‘This guidance should give confidence to national governments that crew changes can and must be carried out. Especially when there are critically ill crew members on board.


‘We’re receiving alarming reports of seafarers who are suffering from serious medical injury such as a stroke, be denied medical evacuation for over 4 days. This is simply not acceptable.’



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