COVID-19 Guidance and Response

ISWAN 57 minutes

A pandemic is challenging, both from a physical and mental health perspective and from a business point of view. But with guidance, we can all help prevent the virus from spreading. In this training, you will get information about the virus, how to avoid infection and preventive measures to maintain a safe workplace.

This training has been produced following the guidance from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) to help shipping companies and seafarers follow health advice provided by United Nations agencies in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

It is intended for use on all types of ships, considering the needs of both cargo and passenger ships. While the advice given in this training has been developed using the best information available, it is intended purely as guidance to be used at the user’s own risk.

Created by Seably, based upon ICS guidelines and approved by ISWAN.

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The International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is a membership organisation that works to promote and support seafarers' welfare all over the world. Seafarers bring us 95% of the things we use every day and take care of us when we travel by sea, but their lives are often tough. They experience long periods away from family and friends with limited or no communication, fast turnaround of ships in ports with severely restricted shore leave, reduced crew numbers and increased workloads. Welfare services and facilities both onboard and ashore can be a lifeline for seafarers. Our free, 24-hour, multilingual helplines, SeafarerHelp and Yacht Crew Help, are among the direct welfare services we provide to seafarers. Others include our relief funds for seafarers and their family members in need and a range of health information resources. We work with companies, unions, governments, welfare organisations, and ports to implement the ILO Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. We support those who establish and provide welfare facilities and services in port and on ships. We are funded by membership subscriptions, grants from foundations, sponsorship and earned income. We are grateful to our main funders – the ITF Seafarers’ Trust, The TK Foundation, The Seafarers' Charity and Trafigura Foundation – for their continued support.

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  1. Rating:
  2. Price: Free
  3. Language: English
  4. Length: 57 minutes
  5. Intended for: Ship Operators and Seafarers.
  6. Reference: Based on parts of the International Chamber of Shipping's Guidance for Ship Operators for the Protection of the Health of Seafarers. Approved by ISWAN.