COVID-19 Decontamination of Galatea, Lowestoft

REDS Group were commissioned by Trinity House to carry out a COVID­-19 decontamination programme on their three support vessels at every 3-week crew change. These were carried out in Swansea, Harwich and Lowestoft.

For each vessel, the REDS Hazmat team set up a decontamination corridor at the bottom of the gangway, establishing a green zone, orange zone and red zone.

Green zone outside and shoreside of the corridor, the decontamination corridor and open decks of the vessel becoming the orange zone and inside the accommodation was designated the red zone.

COVID-19 Decontamination of Lowestoft
Before boarding the vessel, the HazMat team donned their PPE, checking each other’s equipment.

The HazMat team follow an established methodology, which involves removing loose waste, cleaning with a hazardous materials vacuum, wiping with Dasic Aerokleen ACS and, finally, misting all surfaces.

COVID-19 Decontamination of Galatea, Lowestoft
ACS is designed to eradicate all coronaviruses and kill any new virus settling on cleaned surfaces for up to 24 hours.

The REDS team decontaminated each other before removing their PPE, which is then treated as waste and double bagged with all other waste before being placed into sealed drums for removal to a registered waste facility.

COVID-19 Decontamination of Galatea
Finally, the decontamination corridor was closed down and the client was debriefed and issued with waste transportation notes and a decontamination certificate.

Date Posted: 14/07/2020