Global Oceans continues to monitor information released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) concerning the SARS-COV-2 virus, the COVID-19 pandemic, and progress in administering COVID-19 vaccines. We are hopeful that worldwide vaccine administration will accelerate, and that support for the international COVAX program for equitable global vaccine access will be sustained.
The majority of offshore service vessels that comprise the global vessel pool available to Global Oceans for time charter and mobilization as MARVs continue to operate under strict personnel monitoring, visitor access control, and risk reduction policies. Principal suppliers for modular workspace systems, ROV support, port services, and engineering support also continue to operate under strict COVID-19 guidelines. Global Oceans can mobilize MARV expeditions under current conditions depending on the scope of the project and with proper precautions.
We benchmark COVID-19 risk management policies from best-in-class vessel operations and will require adherence to best practices for any vessel mobilized for project research.
Vessel operators Global Oceans works with currently have the following COVID-19 mitigations in place:
A pre-travel screening process is provided to crew members, which includes temperature checks and questionnaire to ensure the crewmembers do not travel to location if within the identified criteria.
Post-travel, upon arrival to the vessel, an embarkation screening process is in place that utilizes touchless thermometer temperature checks and screening questions
Identified personnel of risk during this screening process will not be allowed to access the vessel without further medical review.
Strict control of access on and off the vessel to retain the integrity of a virus-free shipboard environment.
While onboard, crew and passenger health is monitored any symptoms are to the Officer in Charge of Navigational Watch (OICNW).
Personnel identified with COVID-19 symptoms at sea will be placed in isolation and removed from the vessel as soon as possible.
Increased, aggressive cleaning of the vessel in accordance with disinfection procedures is enforced.
Continual awareness of personal hygiene and social distancing, including required use of appropriate masks and face coverings; Masks are provided to vessel personnel.
Standard practices to reduce the risk of exposure to those onboard vessels and at the port during mobilization and demobilization activities, shown below, begin at home and continue when traveling and while at work:
Best practices for hygiene: washing hands frequently for 20 seconds and additional use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (but not in place of washing hands).
Self-quarantine for 14 days prior to departure for work.
Reduce exposure with cloth face coverings when traveling to and from work, in public, and whenever in close contact with others.
Global Oceans will work closely with scientists, project collaborators, suppliers, and all participating personnel on board to ensure that COVID-19 related risk assessments for any project are thorough and clear, and that adherence to operational recommendations are agreed to.