Coronavirus (COVID-19)





COVID-19 – Calling shipping companies or masters
 to fill in the CREW CHANGE REPORT FORM 

This will help ICS encourage Governments to implement the IMO Recommended framework protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes and facilitate crew changes throughout the pandemic in as many ports as possible.

Please complete the form here for every successful or unsuccessful crew change attempted during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will only take one minute.



In the current climate, ICS is working hard to support our members and the wider shipping community to provide guidance, recommendations and information for shipowners, seafarers and governments.

To help protect the health of seafarers and passengers as well as the general public, the International Chamber of Shipping ensures that best practice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is available.

A growing number of guidance documents plus posters including translations into French, Arabic and Spanish are available for free download below, plus best practices for completing the pre-transfer conference, as well interactive versions of the ship/shore safety checklist here

Read more on how we support members here and find useful links here


  UPDATED Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for Ship Operators
for the Protection of the
Health of Seafarers for
download here




COVID-19 – Related guidelines for ensuring a safe shipboard interface between ship and shore-based personnel
Guidelines from ICS and other major bodies addressing major concerns and expectations of ships’ crews and shore-based personnel during the coronavirus pandemic through the implementation of practical, risk-based measures. Download pdf here.



COVID-19 – Recommended framework protocols for ensuring safe ship crew changes
Recommended protocols for joining and for leaving a ship and repatriation during the coronavirus pandemic. Pdf of International Maritime Organization Circular Letter No.4204/Add.14 from 5 May available for download here.

COVID-19 – Related guidelines for ensuring a safe shipboard interface
Member States and international organisations are invited to make use of the guidelines and to disseminate them among relevant national authorities. Pdf of International Maritime Organization Circular Letter No.4204/Add.16 from 6 May available for download here.





COVID-19 – Videos in support of #HeroesAtSeaShoutout
An initiative to recognise the 1.6 million workers who are at sea and maintaining global supply chains. Videos available for watching and sharing below.




COVID-19 – Posters in Support of #HeroesAtSeaShoutout
Calling on ships to sound horns to support seafarers for International Workers’ Day, 1 May. Posters available for download and sharing below.

Poster "Sound your horns" graphic – Download pdf here.
Poster "Sound your horns" image – Download pdf here.




COVID-19 - Facilitation Certificates for International Transport Worker – Seafarer
Crew transit facilitation letter template from ICS and ITF.



Cover letter for shipping HR managers - Download pdf here
Template / Crew Transit Facilitation Letter for shipping companies’ manning agents - Download pdf here

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing Ship and Seafarer Certificates during the Pandemic
Guidance for shipowners and operators providing vital information on managing ship and seafarer certificates required by international regulations. Highlights the unique compliance issues and considerations during the pandemic relating to maintaining the validity of ship and seafarer certificates.
Download here






Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers
Guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The comprehensive 48-page document has been produced in collaboration with prominent international bodies.

Download here.

Note: This is the updated version of the guidance published in March 2020.


COVID-19 - Be informed
Download our free poster - COVID-19 - Be informed here.

COVID-19 - Stay healthy while travelling
Download our free poster - COVID-19 - Stay healthy while travelling here.

COVID-19 - Protect yourself and others from getting sick
Download our free poster - COVID-19 - Protect yourself and others from getting sick here.

COVID-19 - Practise Food Safety
Download our free poster - COVID-19 - Practise Food Safety here.
COVID-19 - How to safely greet others
Download our free poster - COVID-19 - How to safely greet others here.
COVID-19 How to cope with stress during COVID-19
Download our free poster - COVID-19 How to cope with stress during COVID-19 here.


COVID-19 Care when shopping
Download our free poster - COVID-19 Care when shopping here.
COVID-19 How to deal with laundry
Download our free poster - COVID-19 How to deal with laundry here.
COVID-19 Protecting everyone during ship visits
Download our free poster - COVID-19 Protecting everyone during ship visits here.
COVID-19 Shipboard care for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19
Download our free poster - COVID-19 Shipboard care for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 here.



French / Francais



Translations into French courtesy of the Canadian Chamber of Marine Commerce, Member of ICS
COVID19 Attention a la salubrite alimentaire

COVID-19 - Attention a la salubrite alimentaire
Download the French translation of our free poster - COVID-19 - Practise Food Safety here.
COVID19 Attention a votre sante en voyage

COVID-19 - Attention a votre sante en voyage
Download the French translation of our free poster - COVID-19 - Stay healthy while travelling here.

 

COVID19 Protegez-vous et protegez les autres de la maladie

COVID-19 - Protegez-vous et protegez les autres de la maladie
Download the French translation of our free poster - COVID-19 - Protect yourself and other from getting sick here.



Arabic

Translations into Arabic courtesy of Robban Assafina, the bimonthly Middle Eastern Arabic/English Magazine

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers
for free download here.

COVID-19 - Practise Food Safety
Download our free poster - COVID-19 - Practise Food Safety in Arabic here.


COVID-19 - Stay healthy while travelling
Download our free poster - COVID-19 - Stay healthy while travelling in Arabic here.

COVID-19 - Protect yourself and other from getting sick
Download our free poster - COVID-19 - Protect yourself and other from getting sick in Arabic here.



Spanish/Español



Translations into Spanish courtesy of Indumar, supplier of nautical products and services in Mexico



COVID-19 - Practique la seguridad alimentaria
Download the Spanish translation of our free poster – COVID-19 – Practise Food Safety  here.


COVID-19 - Manténgase saludable al viajar
Download the Spanish translation of our free poster – COVID-19 – Stay healthy while travelling here.


COVID-19 - Protéjase a si mismo y a los demás contra la enfermedad
Download the Spanish translation of our free poster – COVID-19 – Protect yourself and other from getting sick here.
COVID-19 - Cómo saludar a otros de forma segura
Download the Spanish translation of our free poster – COVID-19 – How to safely greet others here.


COVID-19 - Esté informado
Download the Spanish translation of our free poster – COVID-19 – Be informed here.


Best practices for completing the pre-transfer conference &  interactive versions of the ship/shore safety checklist and bunker safety checklist




COVID-19 - Best Practices for Completing the Ship/Shore Safety Checklist during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Issued by Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), these best practices will assist ship and terminal operators putting together a safety plan to carry out the pre-transfer conference during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Download here


COVID-19 - ISGOTT5 Ship/Shore Safety Checklist
Interactive ship/shore safety checklist from the ICS, OCIMF and IAPH International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals, Fifth Edition (ISGOTT5).

Download Interactive PDF Version here
Download Interactive Word Version here



  


COVID-19 - ISGOTT5 Bunker Safety Checklist
Interactive bunker safety checklist from the ICS, OCIMF and IAPH International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals, Fifth Edition (ISGOTT5).

Download Interactive PDF Version here
Download Interactive Word Version here





COVID-19 is having a significant impact on the shipping sector and the industry is working closely with the WHO and other international bodies to ensure that guidelines for industry and governments help limit the spread of COVID-19, whilst maintaining international trade.




Global shipping body addresses the health concerns of seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic

Global shipping body addresses the health concerns of seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic

28 May, 2020

Reports of seafarers being denied medical evacuation or access to ports despite serious medical conditions / New guidance issued by ICS for shipowners and operators to deal with unwell seafarers

UN must persuade governments to adopt crew change protocols or risk ‘humanitarian disaster’

UN must persuade governments to adopt crew change protocols or risk ‘humanitarian disaster’

22 May, 2020

The UN Secretary General has been urged by global industrial and shipping leaders to persuade his 193 member states to act urgently to avoid a “humanitarian crisis”, with over 200,000 tired, mentally-stretched seafarers currently stuck working on vessels across the globe and unable to be relieved of their duties.

New ICS research a ‘ray of light’ amongst the COVID-19 clouds

New ICS research a ‘ray of light’ amongst the COVID-19 clouds

21 May, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating significant challenges for ship operators and seafarers, but new research from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has highlighted that, for users of its ISF Watchkeeper software, incidents of non-conformities continue to drop to increasingly lower levels over the past year.

Keeping Shipping safe from COVID-19

Keeping Shipping safe from COVID-19

11 May, 2020

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has issued guidance developed by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and a coalition of industry associations to ensure a safe shipboard interface between ship and shore-based personnel.

Industry and unions set out a 12-step solution for governments to free seafarers from COVID-19 lockdown

Industry and unions set out a 12-step solution for governments to free seafarers from COVID-19 lockdown

06 May, 2020

Comprehensive ‘roadmap’ developed by a supply chain coalition led by industry and unions in cooperation with UN agencies / 12-step plan issued by International Maritime Organization provides a route forward for governments on how to facilitate ship crew change during the pandemic

ICS and ITF call on ships to sound horns to support “unsung heroes of global trade” for International Workers’ Day

ICS and ITF call on ships to sound horns to support “unsung heroes of global trade” for International Workers’ Day

24 April, 2020

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and its global network of national member associations and the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and its 215 seafarers’ unions are calling on seafarers across the world to sound their ships’ horns when in port at 12.00 local time on International Workers’ Day on 1 May 2020.

IATA and ICS: Governments must facilitate ship crew changes

IATA and ICS: Governments must facilitate ship crew changes

15 April, 2020

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) are jointly calling on governments to take urgent measures to facilitate crew change flights for seafarers.

International Chamber of Shipping welcomes EU moves on COVID-19

International Chamber of Shipping welcomes EU moves on COVID-19

08 April, 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping today welcomed European Commission guidance calling on EU member states to designate ports around EU shores for fast-track crew changes.

ICS and ITF call on G20 to support the “Unsung Heroes of Global Trade"

ICS and ITF call on G20 to support the “Unsung Heroes of Global Trade"

07 April, 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping and the International Transport Workers’ Federation have issued a joint call on behalf of seafarers to governments to facilitate the essential movement of seafarers and marine personnel.

Joint call for the G20 to support the maritime sector and global supply chains

Joint call for the G20 to support the maritime sector and global supply chains

24 March, 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) have joined forces to call on G20 leaders to act quickly to protect global supply chains from the impact of COVID-19.s

International Chamber of Shipping welcomes extension of EU Consortia Block exemption for liner shipping

International Chamber of Shipping welcomes extension of EU Consortia Block exemption for liner shipping

24 March, 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), which represents over 80% of the world merchant fleet, has welcomed the confirmation by the European Commission of the extension of the EU Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (BER), without change to the current EU competition regime until at least April 2024.

Joint Open Letter to United Nations agencies from the global maritime transport industry

Joint Open Letter to United Nations agencies from the global maritime transport industry

19 March, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold it is vital that all governments keep maritime trade moving by continuing to allow commercial ships access to ports worldwide and by facilitating the movement and rapid changeover of ships’ crews.

Statement from Guy Platten RE COVID-19

Statement from Guy Platten RE COVID-19

18 March, 2020

In response to media enquiries we have provided the following statement from Guy Platten, Secretary General, ICS

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) issues new Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for shipping industry

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) issues new Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for shipping industry

05 March, 2020

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has issued brand new guidance for the global shipping industry to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The comprehensive 22-page document has been produced in collaboration with prominent international bodies.

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) meet with World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss impact of COVID-19

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) meet with World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss impact of COVID-19

26 February, 2020

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) Secretary General, Guy Platten, will lead a delegation of industry leaders to meet with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.




For more information please see https://www.ics-shipping.org/news/press-releases




To support our members, seafarers, the wider shipping community and global trade, and to ensure best practice and help is available to all, ICS is:


 - Working with international organisations including the International Maritime Organization, the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organizations
 
- Ensuring that best practice is available and responding to the emerging issues, bringing this to the attention of relevant international bodies and working with partners to identify solutions and make recommendations. To this end, ICS is holding twice weekly conference calls with our members around the world.
 
- Bundling effort with  fellow industry bodies to target the support which ICS together with other industry bodies is able to give and the recommendations we together provide in the most effective way possible. ICS coordinates a weekly call with colleagues from fellow industry bodies.
 
- Liaising with welfare organisations to ensure we are able to support our seafarers in this difficult time. This is an important group which also ensures that seafarers’ voices are heard by the international organisations. ICS is coordinating a weekly call with various welfare organisations.
 
- Representing shipowners at the weekly COVID19 Strategy Group call with the International Maritime Organization, the International Labour Organization and the World Health Organization, as well as other bodies such as the European Commission.   
 
- Coordinating action on a wide range of issues, including crew welfare, satellite access, cruise industry workers and liaising with port organisations and class societies to ensure the safe and environmentally sensitive operation of the global shipping sector. To this end, ICS is working with partners, such as the unions and other industry bodies.

All guidance documents
can be found here



Useful links




http://www.imo.org/en/MediaCentre/HotTopics/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
International Maritime Organization circulars, statements, and advice plus useful links.

https://www.seafarerswelfare.org/news/2020/managing-your-mental-health-during-the-covid-19-pandemic
The video provides guidance and information on managing the mental health of seafarers during the Covid 19 pandemic.

https://wilhelmsen.com/ships-agency/campaigns/coronavirus/coronavirus-map
Wilhelmsen Ships Service has developed an interactive map on current port restrictions

http://www.covid19atsea.no
Free interactive, internet based COVID-19 tool helping seafarers on board to assess sick crew members or others on board. Also gives guidance on treatment of possible cases of COVID-19 including warning signs to look out for and advice on when to contact TMAS services. Developed by NCMDM and Radio Medico Norway.

https://www.igpandi.org/covid-19
Free online COVID-19 tracker tool helping shipowners, charterers, operators and other parties in maritime to track country and port specific advice around the world, detailing the measures being put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Data from all 13 International Group Clubs, IMO, WHO and others.

https://sustainableworldports.org/world-ports-covid19-information-portal/
Guidance on current best practices, the industry’s collective recommendations to governments as well as regularly updated useful information.



For more information please see https://www.ics-shipping.org/news/press-releases


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