6 May 2020
Initiated by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), a set of industry guidelines was published today that aim to ensure a safe shipboard interface between ship and shore-based personnel. The guidance aims to address major concerns and expectations of ship’s crews and shore-based personnel through the implementation of practical, risk-based measures to address COVID-19 risks to all personnel involved in the ship-shore interface. The guidelines emphasise that, in order to safely manage a port call with respect to the ship-shore interface, it is incumbent on all parties to communicate in advance of the port call, to be open regarding each parties requirements to managing risk with respect to the COVID-19 virus and be flexible and pragmatic in resolving any differences in requirements and expectations. IAPH is among the sixteen international trade organisations that support the application of the guidelines.