ICS and partners launch new guidance for shipowners and seafarers to navigate the challenges of COVID-19


(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published new and updated guidance to protect seafarers and shipowners against the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.

Manning Agency Guidelines

These guidelines have been produced to help shipping companies choose reputable manning agencies and to ensure that seafarers are recruited in line with the requirements of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC, 2006).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Vaccination for Seafarers and Shipping Companies: A Practical Guide, Second Edition

This Practical Guide outlines the most up-to-date and relevant information regarding vaccinations for seafarers and includes answers to important questions on availability and efficacy of vaccinations for ships’ crew and shipping companies.

This new second edition contains updated guidance on the current status and information about coronavirus and vaccines, includes a new section specifically on the importance of vaccinating seafarers, and has an expanded and updated Key questions’ section which contains information on where seafarers can obtain vaccinations.

Handling a Mental Health Crisis or Emergency and Spotting Suicidal Behaviour in Seafarers

Shipping companies should take a mental health emergency as seriously as a physical one. A seafarer experiencing a mental health crisis might feel no longer able to cope. This is particularly true in the current pandemic. This document has tools to help shipping companies, Masters and seafarers handle such a situation and to spot suicidal behaviour.

If a mental health crisis occurs, the seafarer should seek immediate expert assessment and advice for the best course of action from a mental health professional. If under the care of a mental health provider, the seafarer should contact the specific advisor for advice.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Seafarer Shore Leave Principles

This document sets out principles for providing shore leave during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


Click on below image to download the four guides (ZIP file):

Source: ICS

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