SHIPSAN TRAINET – Healthier cruising in Europe
There are more than 200 cruise ships operating in Europe, every year approximately 5 million people take a cruise and over 400 million citizens travel using ferries. The Mediterranean is one of the world’s highest traffic zones for cruise ships and cruising in Europe is on the increase.
On ships, passengers are in close confinement sharing food and water sources, as well as water for bathing and swimming. If hygiene measures are not in place, there is also a higher chance of person-to-person transmission of infectious diseases, such as gastroenteritis and Legionnaires’ disease and, of course, nobody wants to have a ruined holiday.
The risk of disease transmission is not just isolated to passengers but, as ships and ferries pass from one country to another, also to citizens living in the ports the vessels visit.
Manual for hygiene standards
Through its work, the SHIPSAN TRAINET project has already produced a training manual and conducted training exercises for port authorities and seafarers in Europe.
The project brought together ship industrial and commercial representatives, alongside academics, health and transport officers and other experts. Within the area of shipping regulations, it included the European Commission services and agencies, as well as the World Health Organization and the International Maritime Organization.
The EU funding of this project allowed for cross-border collaboration, which makes it easier to respond to outbreaks.
Through all the actions taken by SHIPSAN TRAINET, the industry is held to a high standard, crews work in a safe environment, and passengers are also kept safe and healthy. Prevention of diseases is paramount and all citizens are protected.