South Korean shipyard Samsung Heavy Industries has introduced the world’s first vessel design featuring infectious disease mitigation facilities.
The shipbuilder has obtained approval in principle (AIP) for an infectious disease mitigation arrangement notation from classification society ABS and claimed that the ship design could prevent the spread of infection during ship operations with facilities including an isolation space that can maintain negative pressure, separate medical support and laundry facilities, and a ventilation system to prevent diffusion.
Additionally, it has improved space utilisation by equipping all facilities to prevent the spread of contagion in the cabin area.
“This is the first technology certification that satisfies the latest regulation of protecting crew safety from epidemics like Covid-19. We will continue to strengthen cooperation with Samsung Heavy Industries to develop new technologies that the times require,” said Gareth Burton, president of the technology division at ABS.