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23 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 11:25 GMT+2

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ICS, Intertanko and IMHA publish new protocols mitigate the risks of Covid-19 on board the ships

The aim is also to highlight that seafarers they can disembark from ships and board safely

Today, the International Chamber of Art Shipping (ICS) and International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko) and the International Maritime Health Association Association (IMHA), whose aim is to improve health and medical treatment for all workers in the sector published new protocols to mitigate the risk co-19 on board the ships. Protocols aim to safeguarding the health of seafarers and ensuring the safety of the seafaring maritime trade and also aim to provide governments with and public the assurance that seafarers can disembark from ships and board safely. In this regard ICS, Intertanko and IMHA have pointed out that there are currently more than 250,000 stranded at sea waiting to be repatriated.

Explaining that there have been recent concerns coronavirus infections on board ships due to the failure to comply with industry guidance by a member of the minority and pointing out that, despite the number of these ICS, Intertanko and IMHA have specified that These latest protocols will provide shipowners and operators with tools to safely manage cases of contagion on Ships.

Recalling that the International Chamber of Shipping presented last March a first health guide in light of the spread of the pandemic from Covid-19, guide that has been updated to In May, Natalie Shaw, director of social affairs at the ICS, said stated that the new protocols are based on the guidance already published and are intended to "reassure industry and governments on whether maritime trade can operate in safety, especially when there are suspected cases of Covid-19. In recent weeks, he explained, we have recorded a limited number of Covid-19 cases among ship crews and we decided to take the initiative to define new protocols together with IMHA and Intertanko.

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