South Korean offshore and marine contractor Samsung Heavy Industries has come up with a novel ship design that it claims can effectively prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including Covid-19, at sea.
Samsung’s design has received approval in principle from US classification society ABS, the first such technical certification of vessel anti-epidemic technology.
The contractor’s new design includes separate medical support and laundry facilities along with an isolation area that can maintain negative pressure and a ventilation system to prevent the spread of viruses.
The shipbuilder said that optimal layout design would increase space utilisation by having all anti-epidemic facilities in the cabin of the same area as an existing vessel.
"For shippers, the outbreak of contagious disease at sea is a very important issue that is directly related to the crew's safety as well as flight schedules," Yoon Jong-hyun, in charge of Samsung Heavy Industries’ ship design, was quoted as saying by Aju Business Daily.
"We hope our anti-epidemic design technology will be the best solution."