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08 April 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 04:39 GMT+2

March 5, 2020

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The ICS publishes a new guide to help the shipping to counter the spread of coronavirus

Platten: the document wants to be exhaustive, but also easy to understand and put in place

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published a new guidance to help the shipping industry counteract the spread of coronavirus, a document that is developed in collaboration with leading international organisations, including the World Health Organization, The International Maritime Organization, the European Centre for prevention and disease control and the International Maritime Health Association.

The guide, designed to support all types of ships operate in international waters, contains, among other things, advice on management of restrictions on entry to ports, information pre-boarding screening, instructions on what steps to take in the suspicious cases of infection and also proposes practical measures protection against the virus for seafarers, including a epidemic management, as well as suggestions on hygiene for seafarers on board ships, on management exposure to high risk, insulation and cleanliness and disinfection and waste management. The enludes guide also posters that can be printed and placed on board Ships.

"Without a vaccine available to date, coronavirus - said the Secretary General of the ICS, Guy Platten, at a meeting with the Secretary-General IMO, Kitack Lim - all industries and governments must appropriate measures to contain its dissemination. The shipping is responsible for 90% of the trade global and is aware of its responsibility in helping to address this global health problem while ensuring that the cogs of global trade keep spinning. This document, he explained, is the result of careful and thoughtful collaboration with partners International. It wants to be exhaustive, but also easy to understand and put in place. It provides shipowners and operators who are addressing the critical phase of the crisis, support and indications necessary to continue to carry out their activities. However, we are aware of the fluid nature of the situation we will continue to work with international bodies to ensure that our guidance is in line with the most recent ones."

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