Coronavirus (COVID-19): shipping and sea ports guidance

Information for shipping and sea ports on COVID-19.

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Relevant information from this guidance is now included in COVID-19: Safer transport guidance for operators



This information will assist ships (including cargo vessels, ferries and cruise ships) and sea ports in providing advice to staff on addressing coronavirus (COVID-19), on ships and in sea ports.

Ships and sea ports will collectively be referred to here as a ‘marine setting’.

This guidance may be updated in line with the changing situation.

Please note:

This guidance is of a general nature and should be treated as a guide. In the event of any conflict between any applicable legislation (including the health and safety legislation) and this guidance, the applicable legislation shall prevail.

Published 16 March 2020
Last updated 24 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance to include face coverings.

  2. Updated information on symptoms.

  3. Added clarification on guidance and legislation.

  4. Added poster.

  5. Added guidance poster.

  6. First published.