July 7, 2021
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Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- The GPHS Podcast Season 2 Episode 2 Keeping Track of the Cruise Industry's Slow and Steady Restart
- Canada.ca | Backgrounder: Updated COVID-19 measures for cruise ships and other passenger vessels
- COVID-19: Guidance Material for Essential Passenger Vessel and Ferry Operators
- Public Health Agency of Canada releases guidance on what fully vaccinated can do
- Health Canada - Workplace Health and Public Safety Programme
- British Columbia’s cruise ship industry continues to navigate choppy waters
- Greater Victoria Harbour Authority demands Ottawa act on cruise ship ban
- New bill could cause devastating blow to BC tourism industry
- Unsung heroes: A cruise ship custodian talks a typical work day, passenger kindness and more
- Heat wave in US and Canada summed up in one staggering satellite image
- Cruise Line Industry Association: Environmental Stewardship
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The GPHS Podcast Season 2 Episode 2 Keeping Track of the Cruise Industry's Slow and Steady Restart
In Episode 2 of the GPHS podcast Season 2, we'll hear from Gus Skinner and Jon Schnoor about the complexity of restarting cruise line operations in a goal-oriented, metrics-driven environment. This episode comes at a very special time when cruise ships restart sailing to Alaska without stopping in Canada. Making the shift from lockdowns to resumption is fraught with challenges, among them issues of quarantines and vaccines. When aggregating articles for the e-newsletter, Leader-SHIP, Gus reminds us that "the one constant is change". We know this to be true.
New measures for passenger vessels operating in non-Arctic Canadian waters
Transport Canada is extending its safety measures for cruise ships to help mitigate the risk of spreading COVID 19. On May 29, the Minister of Transport announced new measures for passenger vessels operating in Canadian waters:
To provide guidance on notifying passengers, who present themselves to board an essential passenger vessel or ferry, that they should be subject to measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Secondly, to provide guidance in conducting the health check and in detecting and managing ill passengers with suspected COVID-19.
"If you're fully vaccinated there's a lot that you can do now with a lowered risk," said chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam Friday, adding people still need to "think twice" about going into crowded indoor areas.
The agency's advice outlined scenarios using an infographic for when people should wear masks and physically distance, based on their own vaccination status and whether those around them have been immunized.
Health Canada's Cruise Ship Inspection Program (CSIP) was derived from and harmonized with the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) of the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1998. The CDC developed and implemented the comprehensive VSP following shipboard outbreaks of shigellosis and typhoid in the early 1970s as a cooperative activity with the cruise ship industry(10,11). Canada's CSIP focuses its activities on vessels with a foreign itinerary that carry 13 or more passengers and call at a Canadian port. The primary activities of the CSIP include comprehensive inspection and consultations with respect to water quality, food safety and environmental sanitation, surveillance of GI illness, and outbreak investigations on vessels(12).
But now the sector is worried about yet another hit if American cruise ships are allowed to bypass B.C. ports on their way to Alaska.
Saying the future of the cruise ship industry in B.C. could be in jeopardy, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority has called on the federal government to immediately declare it will be ready to welcome cruise ships to Canadian waters next year.
Published May 17, 2021 2:12 PM Listen: https://omny.fm/shows/mike-smyth/new-bill-could-cause-devastating-blow-to-bc-touris#description
The Mike Smyth Show. As more and more Canadians are vaccinated should we look at allowing cruise ships to return to Canadian harbours?
Guest: Barry Penner - Legal advisor, Cruise Lines International Association
After COVID-19, we are all fully vaccinated on the Celebrity Millennium, so the guests should be comfortable. I wish more people knew it was safe to come back.
The European Space Agency shared an image on Thursday that brings the heat wave into stark, sobering focus.
While cruise ships comprise far less than 1 percent of the global maritime community,  cruise lines are at the forefront in developing responsible environmental practices and innovative technologies that lead in environmental stewardship.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the articles above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this e-Newsletter
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