To all Fisheries, Inland Navigation and Seafarer affiliates and the ITF FOC - POC Inspectorate
ITF E-Circular No. 031/F/IN/S/SS/2020
Our ref: F/IN/S/SS/FB/dw
3 February 2020
Coronavirus; IMHA advice
You will be aware that in the last few days the World Health Organisation (WHO) have declared the coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern. The virus originated in Wuhan city, China, a major domestic and international transport hub.
The ITF has now called on all governments and transport companies to implement measures available to them to limit the risk of transmission of the deadly coronavirus to transport workers globally. This is particularly important for seafarers who are the frontline of the outbreak.
The first case of a seafarer falling victim to the coronavirus has just been detected by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore who are conducting health screenings at all sea checkpoints. The seafarer had travelled from Wuhan and he is now being treated at the Singapore National Centre for Infectious Diseases. The WHO has advised governments to prepare for containment, including active surveillance, early detection, isolation, case management, contact tracing and prevention of the onward spread of infection. More information is available on the WHO website.
For shipping companies and port operators they must provide workers with the latest information regarding the outbreak, follow best practice in regard to health and safety protocols and supply of personal protective equipment, put into effect procedures to identity symptomatic travellers, crew and/or workers, and set clear guidelines for workers managing suspected cases of infection. For cruise ships or passenger ferries this could mean managing a passenger who may be thought to have the coronavirus.
The International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) has produced specific advice for shipping companies and seafarers. Please note that the advice states that shore side visits for seafarers should not be unnecessarily restricted in countries who are not in the affected areas, nor should visits to the ship.
The situation is evolving rapidly, and so please be assured that we are in regular contact with industry partners so that if necessary we can quickly react to any developments.
The advice from the IMHA is attached for your information, and we would request that you share this as widely as possible.
Assistant Secretary; Seafarers, Fisheries and Inland Navigation
國際海運健康協會 (IMHA) 針對冠狀病毒疫情之建議
您應已得知，數天前世界衛生組織 (WHO) 已宣布冠狀病毒疫情為「國際公共衛生緊急事件」。該病毒起源於中國武漢市，該市是中國國內和國際的重要交通樞紐。
新加坡海事及港務管理局在所有海上檢查站進行健康檢查，發現了第一起船員感染冠狀病毒的確診病例，該船員從武漢出發，目前正在新加坡國家傳染病中心接受治療。世衛組織已建議各國政府做好遏止疫情的準備工作，包括主動監測、及早發現、隔離、病例管理、追蹤接觸史以及預防感染蔓延。更多相關資訊，請至 WHO 網站查詢。
附上 IMHA 的建議內容供您參考，同時請您盡可能廣泛地分享此訊息。