COVID-19 guide to bulk handling

Vistrato guideVistrato has produced ‘COVID-19 Guide for Ship/Shore Interactions’. Photo: Vistrato

Vistrato Limited has produced a guide for ships and terminals handling solid bulk cargoes that focuses on minimising physical interactions between ship and shore personnel during loading/unloading operations as required by the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘COVID-19 Guide for Ship/Shore Interactions’ looks at how to minimise unnecessary face-to-face contact while still ensuring compliance with mandatory documentary exchanges and procedures.

Both INTERCARGO (International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners) and DBTG (International Dry Bulk Terminals Group) have teamed up with Vistrato to support and distribute the guide throughout their membership.

The guide facilitates the dry bulk sector in implementing the IMO recommendation (Circ. Letter 4204/Add.6) which encourages the use of electronic solutions in order to reduce the risks posed by interactions and document exchanges between ship and shore personnel at the ship/shore interface.

The shipping of solid bulk cargoes is subject to a range mandatory checks and exchanges as required by the BLU Code and IMSBC Code. While some of these exchanges are carried out in advance of the ship’s arrival, others are normally carried out jointly by master or chief officer and terminal representative on board after the ship has berthed.

The use of the Vistrato guidelines, together with compliance with flag state and port state Covid-19 protocols, is expected to help in ensuring that the loading/unloading of solid bulk cargoes continues to be carried out properly, safely and in compliance with IMO regulations.

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