ICS publishes Covid-19 guidance for safe ship-to-shore interface

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published a Covid-19 Guidance for “Ensuring a Safe Shipboard Interface Between Ship and Shore-Based Personnel”. The Guidance, which is supported by the International Group and BIMCO, 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”.

It includes recommended measures to be taken by shipping companies, shore-based service providers and port, immigration and customs authorities to address the risk from Covid-19 to their personnel, and outlines a hierarchy of controls as a guide to establishing effective safety control measures and reducing risk.