”Covid-19” Covid-19 control plan by Athos Sea Cruises until 15/6/2020

The company athos sea cruises, after being informed by the Ministry of Shipping and the local port authorities regarding the covid-19 instructions about cruises, was organized and complied with the following:

The maximum number of conventional passenger ships that do not have cabins for passengers is equal to 50% of the maximum number specified by applicable law for both indoor and outdoor use.

The maximum number of conventional passenger ships with passenger cabins is equal to 55% of the maximum number set by applicable law for both indoor and outdoor use.

In airline seats, seat allocation will be such that the seat is occupied at the beginning of a seat occupied by a seat vacuum in all directions and special marking on where a passenger is allowed to sit and where not, in order to maintain distances.

The cabins will keep the ratio of one passenger per cabin or up to 4 passengers per family in a reservation. The cabin should be naturally ventilated if artificial or otherwise artificial and leave the door open after cleaning and disinfection for at least 3 hours before use by subsequent passengers.

The maximum number of passengers allowed on high-speed ferry passenger ships in the areas of economy and in the areas of distinguished position is equal to 50% of the maximum allowable number set by the current legislation.

In airline seats, seat allocation will be such that the seat is occupied at the beginning of a seat occupied by a seat vacuum in all directions and special marking on where a passenger is allowed to sit and where not, in order to maintain distances.

Mechanical ventilation
In case of interrupted operation of the ship (the ship operates only for specific hours of the day) the ventilation system should not stop at all. The ventilation system should operate at low speed while it is empty. In particular, the air supply should be reduced two hours after the ship has been evacuated and the air flow to the nominal supply should be increased again two hours before the operation of the ship.

Ventilation of the toilets should be permanent.

The rate of air renewal in the spaces should be as high as possible.

Natural ventilation
Exterior windows and doors of the ship should be opened for a longer period of time than usual.

If the toilets have an autonomous ventilation system (eg with a fan, or a simple air duct) then the opening of the toilets should be avoided. If there are only windows for ventilating the toilets, other windows should be opened at the same time.

Heating-Cooling-Air conditioning
Air temperature and humidity should be adjusted as usual to achieve thermal comfort. If the central air control unit has air recovery devices (such as rotor heat exchangers and reverse flow heat exchangers), they should be in good condition and properly maintained. They should be inspected regularly and it should be confirmed that there is no pressure difference between the incoming air and the outgoing one. If operated properly, leaks between indoor and outdoor air will be small. In the event of a leak, these provisions should be skipped.

Central air recirculation should be stopped even if the system is not able to meet the ship’s thermal needs without recirculation.

Local recycling (air recirculation in a room) should be avoided so as not to recreate particles. Examples of devices that recycle locally are fan coils (either ceiling or floor) and home air conditioners (split type). In case the space heating / cooling depends on these devices (there is no central heating / air cooling) and their use cannot be avoided, the fans of these devices must operate continuously.

  • Plan for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 events
    All ships must have a plan for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 incidents, which includes, among other things, the procedures for isolating COVID-19 suspected cases. Training of crews to implement the plan should be ensured as described in the World Health Organization and EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS guidelines:

The action plan should include the following:

A. Prevention measures

Regulation on personal hygiene
Regulation on the use of Personal Protective Equipment
Surveillance of symptoms for crews and passengers and recording in a file
Procedures for dealing with a suspicious case (temporary isolation, medical and laboratory examination at a destination port that has this potential)
Space cleaning and disinfection protocol
Linen and clothing cleaning protocol
Recording and cleaning protocol of vomiting or other body fluids in the environment
Food management
Drinking water management
Communication between employees
Data management which are registered in the Passenger / Crew Locator Forms (PLF) Public Health Form and in the Form-questionnaire of the health declaration before boarding
B. Measures to deal with an outbreak

Isolation of suspected case
Cooperation with EODY for the tracking and quarantine of contacts
Cleaning and disinfection of contaminated areas, objects and equipment, daily and final cleaning and disinfection
Contact information strategy after an outbreak
Measures to limit the importation of COVID-19 cases on passenger ships
Staff training and awareness raising
Companies should provide training and guidance to crew members on identifying the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

Members of the crew should be reminded of the procedures to be followed when a passenger or crew member on board shows signs and symptoms indicative of COVID-19 infection (for example, informing their boss or a designated crew member or doctor personnel if they have the ship and perform their duties based on their job).

Information should be provided to crew members for immediate reference of the relevant symptoms of COVID-19 infection to their supervisor and medical staff and to themselves and other crew members or passengers.

Crew members who show symptoms compatible with those of COVID-19 infection should immediately leave their job posture and follow the instructions in the paragraph.

Measures before boarding when issuing and purchasing tickets
Traveler information
Ticket sales agencies, travel companies and travel agencies must provide travelers with health information before and during the trip.

In this context, information will be provided on:

The fact that they should not travel if they have come in contact with a COVID-19 patient without the use of personal protective equipment in the last 14 days before the trip, the symptoms of COVID-19, the health risks for vulnerable groups and the recommendation for the avoidance of travel inside and outside Greece of all persons belonging to the high risk groups, ie persons over 70 years of age or of any age with underlying serious chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases) and so on. but with immunosuppression, the importance of preventive measures (social distance, frequent washing of hands with soap and water or alternatively use of alcohol solution alcohol content 70%, the use of gloves does not replace washing hands, mouth and nose with paper towels coughing or sneezing, avoiding contact of the hands with the mouth, nose or eyes to prevent the spread of germs, avoiding contact with people who have respiratory symptoms), regulations and preventive measures on the ship (e.g. Mandatory use of fabric mask in all indoor and outdoor areas which will be procured themselves), control measures during boarding and recommendation for early arrival to facilitate the inspection process before boarding, direct statement to the ship’s crew if they develop symptoms respiratory during the trip, seek immediate medical attention if they develop symptoms of respiratory distress after the trip and inform their physician about the history of the trip.

Companies and agencies must inform travelers that it is possible to refuse to board a ship if they have been ill or have come into contact without the use of Personal Protection Measures (MAP) with a confirmed case of COVID infection. 19 or in non-compliance with the rules of prevention of transmission (use of MAP, social distance, etc.) as described in the following paragraphs.

All the necessary information for the information of the passenger public will be posted on the websites of the companies and in the electronic reservation systems with the obligation to read them in order to complete the reservation.

Measures when boarding
Social distance

Refusal to board
Based on the above, if the crew members who carry out the pre-boarding entry screening measures find that:

the passenger has symptoms compatible with COVID-19 infection
his answers to the Health Statement Form-Questionnaire before boarding show that he has come in contact with a person with COVID-19 infection
the passenger refuses to use a cloth mask on the ship
It will be prohibited to board the ship and the applicable rules for the use of tickets at a later date or their cancellation will apply.

In cases (i) and (ii) travel will be prohibited for 14 days or if he has been ill he will have to bring a medical certificate stating that the criteria are met as defined by the EODY for the termination of precautionary measures in a patient with COVID-19.

Measures to prevent and reduce COVID-19 transmission during travel
Maintaining the social distance on the ship
It is recommended to avoid unnecessary travel of passengers and crew on board. To avoid unnecessary travel, it is recommended that passengers in the cabins and their seats be guided by crew members.

Where there are permanent non-moving seats either indoors or outdoors there should be a special marking on where a passenger is allowed to sit and where not, in order to maintain distances.

In all indoor and outdoor areas, keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters and the mandatory use of a fabric mask. The crew members will control the observance of the social distance measures in all areas.

There should be special floor markings at all possible passenger congestion points such as reception, passenger service in bars, restaurants, points of sale / shops, shared toilets to meet the required distances of 1.5 meters.

For the protection of the crew members, it is recommended to install a protective divider at the reception and to serve passengers in bars and restaurants.

The minimum number of passengers will enter the shared toilets in order to observe the required social distance of 1.5 meters between the passengers.

It is recommended not to use elevators. If their use is deemed necessary, the completeness in relation to the allowable limit should be 40%. In the case of escalators, it is not allowed to use an elevator except for the disabled, the elderly or for power supply.

Application of rules of personal hygiene and protection
Hand hygiene should be applied by passengers and crew with soap and water. If the hands are not visibly soiled, an alternative antiseptic alcohol solution may be used. The use of gloves does not replace hand hygiene.

In addition to the entrance of the ship, there should be antiseptic stations (70% alcohol content) and in various parts of the ship such as shared toilets, reception, passenger service points such as bars and restaurants.

Proper respiratory hygiene should be followed, that is, covering the mouth and nose with a tissue during the murmur and coughing and then throwing it in a plastic bag and applying antiseptic to the hands. For this purpose, in a prominent place in various parts of the ship, provision must be made for the corresponding equipment (tissues or paper towels and disposable gloves, plastic bag, etc.).

Companies should provide passengers with information and training for crew members on personal hygiene measures:

Hand washing techniques (frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, the use of gloves does not replace hand hygiene).

When it is recommended to use antiseptics instead of hand washing (eg if the hands are not visibly soiled, an alternative alcoholic solution may be used).

After which activities should the hands be washed e.g. hands should be washed after each contact with another person or his respiratory secretions (saliva, drops), with objects touched by other people such as handrails, handles, etc., before placing the mask, before and after removing the mask, before and after removing the gloves, after using the toilet, before eating, before touching the face, etc.

In the meticulous observance of hygiene measures, and in particular: avoid contact of the hands with the mouth, nose or eyes.

Avoid contact with patients who have respiratory symptoms.

Proper waste management

Proper Use of Personal Protective Equipment (mask and gloves)

Personal protective equipment for passengers and crew

It is mandatory to use a protective mask (fabric) for the entire duration of the stay of passengers and crew in all indoor and outdoor areas.


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