Maritime Industry Resources and COVID-19 FAQs
How is the USCG currently addressing mariner credentialing?
The Coast Guard released MSIB 08-20 on March 19, 2020 announcing the extension of Merchant Mariner Credential Endorsements and Medical Certificates. Read MSIB 08-20 here.
What guidance has the USCG provided regarding Port and Facility Operations?
For the latest guidance provided to commercial vessels by the Coast Guard, see MSIB 07-20.
Is there a comprehensive mariner’s guide to COVID-19?
Yes! The SOCP has compiled multiple resources for mariners including the 2019 Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV: A Mariner’s Guide that includes protection guidelines, information regarding symptomatic crewmembers, proper PPE gear, how to dispose of infectious waste and how to control infection.
What other resources are available for mariners and the maritime industry?
Other helpful resources include:
The following information was gathered from these resources:
What is MITAGS currently doing to stop the spread of COVID-19?
Unfortunately, MITAGS has temporarily shut down all operations on both the East and West coasts through April 24,2020. All classes and simulation activities/rental sessions are canceled. The Maritime Conference Center has also ceased operations.
Please note that to date, neither campus has confirmed cases of COVID-19. Read our full memo here.
That being said, MITAGS staff is working remotely and still available to answer your questions or provide additional guidance regarding mariner credentialing and training during this unprecedented time. Contact us here.
What should I do if I enrolled in and paid for a course that has been cancelled due to the shutdown?
Please contact our Admissions staff to discuss your options. Keep in mind that we have courses scheduled out beyond the current shutdown period that are available for enrollment. You can work with Admissions to reschedule your training for one of these available dates, or request a refund if rescheduling will not be possible.
MITAGS East Coast Campus: firstname.lastname@example.org
MITAGS West Coast Campus: email@example.com
OR Call us toll-free at 866 656 5568
I’m interested in MITAGS Maritime Apprenticeship Program. Are you still accepting applicants?
Yes, MITAGS is still actively seeking apprentices for our July and October cohorts in both Seattle and Baltimore. If you are interested in the program and would like more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those currently enrolled in our MAP, you have or will receive information regarding the status of your apprenticeship program directly from Jenny Pitzen, Student Instructional Services Manager or Dale Bateman, Assistant Director of MITAGS.
Is MITAGS offering any online or distance learning classes at this time?
MITAGS is working with the U.S. Coast Guard to explore online and blended learning options to provide training our students need. We will continue to be in contact when we have plans to enable you to take online courses or portions of courses.
In the meantime, you can also explore the online courses we are currently offering with our partner, Learn America. Click here for more information.
How do I protect myself from getting COVID-19?
- Follow the latest guidelines from the CDC and directives put forth by your local government, including the practice of social distancing.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stop shaking hands or hugging. Use fist bumps or touch elbows.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
How do I properly disinfect frequently touched surfaces?
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
- Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix:
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
- 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
- 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
- Alcohol solutions.
Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
- Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
How is COVID-19 transmitted?
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
How long can COVID-19 be transmitted on surfaces?
In a new, unpublished study, researchers found the virus can survive on hard surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours. However, the virus remained viable on copper for only about four hours.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
- Shortness of breath
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
What should I do if I think I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
- Call your healthcare provider if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing. Do not just go to your doctor’s office or nearest ER – CALL AHEAD FIRST.
- Stay home if symptoms are mild and avoid public areas and public transportation.
- Limit contact with others within your home, including any pets/animals – dedicate a specific “sick room” and use a separate bathroom, if available, and do not share personal household items.
- If you are sick:You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn more about what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.
Other examples of social distancing that allow you to avoid larger crowds or crowded spaces are:
- Working from home instead of at the office
- Closing schools or switching to online classes
- Visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in person
- Cancelling or postponing conferences and large meetings
- Limit trips to grocery stores and other retailers and/or go during non-peak hours
- Avoid playgrounds, playdates and other social visits
Currently, it is recommended that any sort of gathering contain no more than 10 people, but each state has various directives in place.
How is the state of Maryland currently responding to COVID-19? Or What resources or assistance is the state of Maryland offering?
Maryland is currently in a state of emergency. Recent announcements of closures include malls, bars, restaurants, movie theaters and schools. Mass gatherings, and more recently gatherings over 10 people, are prohibited.
For the latest COVID-19 news in Maryland visit: https://governor.maryland.gov/coronavirus/
How is the state of Washington currently responding to COVID-19? Or What resources or assistance is the state of Washington offering?
Washington is also in a state of emergency. Schools are closed at least through April 24, 2020, and many social and recreational services must temporarily close. Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited and all restaurants and bars are closed and offering delivery or takeout services only.
For the lasted COVID-19 news in Washington visit: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx