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Marine Consultancy warns ship managers to stay aware of Covid | Rigzone

Global maritime consulting and surveying firm Van Ameyde Marine advises ship managers to stay Covid aware and ensure crews are fully vaccinated in the run up to a new wave of infections with a new strain of the virus, revealed a statement sent to Rigzone.

“With reports in Europe and Asia indicating an increase in the number of Covid cases, ship managers and crews should not let their guard down,” said Michael Robertson, senior marine consultant for the firm’s McAuslands division, in the press release.

“If there is another wave this winter, we could see ships and crews quarantined again and trade disrupted. There are reports of a new strain of the virus emerging in China, so I don’t think Covid is going to go away anytime soon,” he added.

In the statement, Van Ameyde pointed out that his crew care team at McAuslands were concerned that some sailors had not yet received their booster shots.

“In the UK we have seen an increase in vaccinations to keep reminders up to date but, in general, seafarers are not as vaccinated as they perhaps should have been,” said Robertson.

“Some sailors would definitely have missed getting their boosters in time for them to be effective,” he added.

Charlotte Malkin, Crew Care Coordinator for Van Ameyde McAuslands, said: “We are seeing some crew members only received one or two of the doses and missed boosters while at sea” .

“We are currently organizing many vaccines and tests,” added Malkin.

Monkey pox situation

In addition to Covid-19 warnings, Van Ameyde Marine is also advising vessel operators to keep managers and crew up to date on the rapidly evolving monkeypox situation and how to mitigate the risk of ‘infection.

“We are watching the implications of the monkeypox outbreak quite closely, which is now proving to be transmissible by touch at some point in the incubation period,” Robertson said.

“P&I Club customers are already issuing reviews based on our recommendations,” he added.

Van Ameyde Marine encourages crews to practice good and frequent hand washing and advises against close contact with anyone showing signs of extensive rashes, blisters and rashes. If sailors show signs of a mild monkeypox infection, they should take medication to manage the symptoms, the consultancy noted.

If patients develop more severe symptoms, they should be isolated in a separate room to prevent the infection from spreading to other crew members, according to the consultancy, which also recommends that crews stop sweeping and to vacuum infected areas to avoid disturbing virus particles.

“Vessel operators should notify their P&I Clubs immediately if they suspect they have a case of monkeypox on board any of their vessels,” Robertson said.

“The Club can provide advice and guidance and ask experts to help as different ports will react differently to the presence of monkeypox on board a visiting vessel, just as they do with Covid-19,” a- he added.

Covid-19, Monkeypox WHO figures

As of September 2, 6:33 p.m. CEST, there were 601.1 million confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 6.4 million deaths, according to the latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO), which also revealed that as of August 24, a total of 12.4 billion doses of vaccine have been administered.

From May to July, global weekly Covid-19 cases increased for seven consecutive weeks, according to WHO figures. However, global weekly Covid-19 cases have fallen for the past three consecutive weeks. Covid-19 cases and deaths are still far from the peaks seen earlier in the pandemic.

Since early May 2022, cases of monkeypox have been reported in countries where the disease is not endemic, and continue to be reported in several endemic countries, the WHO notes on its website.

“Most confirmed cases with a travel history have reported travel to countries in Europe and North America, rather than West or Central Africa where monkeypox virus is endemic” , declares the WHO on the site.

“This is the first time that many cases and clusters of monkeypox have been reported simultaneously in non-endemic and endemic countries in widely disparate geographical areas,” the WHO added.

According to a WHO health emergencies dashboard at the time of writing, there have been 52,015 cumulative cases of Monkeypox worldwide, with 18 deaths. The United States has the most cases with 18,875, according to the WHO dashboard.

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