Published on Friday, October 2, 2020

Cruise industry draws up new Covid-19 framework to help operators

UK Chamber of Shipping Chief Executive Bob Sanguinetti says a new COVID-19 framework for the cruise industry is testament to the 'commitment of all concerned to protect the health and well-being of cruisers' and a 'vital first step' to get cruisers sailing again.

The framework, which has been shared with the UK government and was produced by the UK Chamber of Shipping in collaboration with the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), is the culmination of over six months of collaborative work between cruise operators, industry partners, and health experts.

The aim of the new framework is to give the sector clear guidelines for enhanced public health protection and to help cruise companies build protocols tailored to their ships and itineraries.

"The cruise sector is a vital part of the UK economy. This new UK Chamber of Shipping Framework gives the government, passengers, crew and operators the confidence that the very latest science and medical advice has been included in the industry's planning process," said Sanguinetti.

"A huge amount of time and effort has gone into this work and the new documents, which are fully supported by the sector, is a testament to the commitment of all concerned to protect the health and well-being of cruisers, seafarers and the public. We are not talking about restarting the sector tomorrow, but it is a vital first step in the process to get cruises sailing again when conditions allow and government guidance changes."

The UK cruise industry, which supports more than 88,000 jobs and generates £10 billion for the national economy annually, has been paused since March. There is currently no restart date for the industry but the UK Chamber of Shipping, CLIA and operators will continue to work with the government on future plans.

Andy Harmer, Director, CLIA UK and Ireland, said: "The rigour and detailed planning that has gone into these framework documents demonstrates the commitment of the cruise industry to caring for public health and upholding a robust and uniform set of safety measures. This is an industry that supports more than 88,000 jobs and generates £10 billion to the economy each year and the industry is taking the necessary steps to be ready to restart in the UK when the time is right."

The framework documents give advice on what measures should be considered and implemented on board for the safety of crew and passengers. It also details how cruise lines should communicate with passengers from the time of booking, traveling from their home, to a port, embarkation and throughout the voyage.


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