COVID-19 Information for the Workboat Industry

Guidance and Best Practice from Industry and Regulators

“Please note that as of 15.07.2020 the bi-weekly meeting will stop routine organisation, though should there be need to re-hold a meeting or if the current situation or controls change; a meeting will be re-scheduled”

Listed here you will find a number of Recommendations, Guidance, Best Practice and Governmental Advice linked to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic. It should be remembered that it is imperative to follow the local Governments advice at all times and any information contained within this document is subject to change as the research surrounding the virus develops.

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International Organisations:


International Maritime Organization

International Labour Organization

World Health Organization (WHO)

European Commission

  • The Green Lane Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services

European Union

DenmarkCurrent information from the Danish authorities about COVID-19

From the UK Government:


UK Government business support webinars;

Government departments are hosting a series of webinars to help businesses understand the support available:


  • MIN 611 (M+F) Guidance and information to follow in the event of COVID-19 outbreak impacting UK seafarer services
  • MIN 612 (M+F) Corona virus (COVID-19) – MCA approach to survey and certification of UK vessels – Amendment 2
  • MIN 613 (M) Navigation – vessel traffic services COVID-19 impact and safety measures
  • MIN 614 (M+F) Corona virus (COVID-19) – UK Ship Register approach to registration services for UK Vessels
  • MIN 615 (M) The Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) Fund During the COVID-19 Period
  • MGN618 COVID 19 the reporting of occupational diseases
  • MCA: MIN 622 (M+F) Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Use of alternative measures for the completion of surveys on internationally trading UK registered ships.
  • MCA: MIN 623 (M+F) Coronavirus (COVID-19) – MCA approach to a phased return to survey and certification activity
  • MCA: MIN 624 (M) The Extended Support for Maritime Training (SMarT) Fund During the COVID-19 Period – Extension
  • MCA: MIN 632 (M) COVID- 19 Extension of Seafarer Employment Agreements – SEAs
  • MIN 620 (M) Update on online oral exams and future issue of Notice of Eligibilities during the COVID-19 lockdown period

GOV.UK Webpage: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer transport guidance for operators

  • Foreign travel advice Advice about travelling abroad, including the latest information on coronavirus, safety and security, entry requirements and travel warnings.

HM Treasury

HM Revenue and Customs

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dept. for Health and Social Care

Public Health England

Department for Transport

  • Information on ‘Key Workers’ This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating (see Transport)

Department for International Trade

“We advise you should now:

1. Visit the Business Support website for more information about these and additional measures and support available to your business. This website will continue to be updated with the latest information.

2. Pay particular attention to the
guidance for employees, employers and businesses which is being updated regularly with the latest advice.

3. Read the guidance for
UK businesses trading internationally

4. Take
steps to protect yourself and others.”

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

A £10 million financial assistance for Fishing and Aquaculture businesses



From Industry:



Free Industry Webinar;

Marine Society: Online education in a post-Coronavirus maritime world1st June @ 11:00 UK

Workboat Association


Maritime UK

UK Chamber of Shipping

Society of Marine Industries

Institute for Apprenticeships

British Marine


ORE Catapult

International Chamber of Shipping

Maritime Skills Alliance

Seafarers UK

SSI Energy

Safety 4 Sea

Chirp Maritime Reports:

Seafarer Help

  • Seafarer Helpline Free, confidential, multilingual helpline for seafarers and their families available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.

Ship Owners Club



One Ocean

Wilhelmsen Ships Agents


Squire Patton Boggs

Maritime Safety Forum

Maritime Journal

Energy Institute

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention



  • Interview Experience of international travel from Workboat Crew at Acta Marine during the COVID-19 lockdown
  • Interview Workboat Magazine, Operator Golding Barge Line USA
  • Toolbox talk video: Information video, virus transfer awareness (press the video to play)
  • Information video: Information video, on board catering, cleaning and hygiene practices (press the video to play)

COVID-19 Information for the Workboat Industry