Damen’s global network of shipyards offer the full gamut of vessel repair, maintenance and conversion services required to help keep vessels operational, from harbor tugs to FPSOs. Seeking to extend its scope of work in a way that specifically meets current needs, the group has added a new service to the mix: coronavirus disinfection.
Damen Shiprepair Harbour & Voyage (DSHV), the mobile ship repair squad of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, has created and launched a 24/7 COVID-19 disinfection service for ships. While the service has been performed for the cruise sector, DSHV says it can be provided to any type of vessel alongside as well as during voyage, according to client requirements.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that when there is a case of COVID-19 on board a vessel, the cabin and living quarters as well as the rest of the ship, be disinfected.
DSHV’s MD, Jozeph W.D. Quak says, “As with a lot of viruses, the coronavirus can be spread more easily on board a ship. People are in close proximity to each other on a vessel and self-isolation can be more difficult in such a limited space. The disease can be spread not only with coughing and sneezing, but also touching areas that have been infected. Therefore, hygiene and disinfection are essential. With this service we are looking to assist our clients through this challenging time.”
DSHV’s disinfection service is based on WHO approved methods using stabilized hydrogen peroxide. The solution is colorless and odorless and causes no damages on interior or surfaces. All areas aboard the vessel will be disinfected with approved methods and with an approved risk assessments prior operation starts.