An effective norovirus-solution for ships and yachts called Marine Interior Sterilisation Treatment, eradicates 99.99% of all airborne viruses and surface pathogens including MRSA, legionnaires and norovirus, as well as those causing allergies and respiratory problems.
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus which you can pick up from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or a contaminated surface and a norovirus outbreak on a superyacht or cruise ship can spread quickly.
The virus causes your stomach or intestines to become inflamed which results in severe stomach pain, nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting and the symptoms normally last around 48 hours.
It’s quite a common virus on land but due to the non-confinement of the geography doesn’t normally have far-reaching consequences. However, in a confined and densely populated space such as a cruise ship where thousands of people are living in very close quarters to each other, the norovirus can spread quickly and affect many in just a few hours.
Norovirus symptoms normally loast for approximately 48 hours and passengers who contract norovirus normally disply common sypmtons such as:
Oddly enough, norovirus can be avoided quite easily, through proper hygiene.
Norovirus normally starts with people using the toilet and not washing their hands properly. Therefore, it’s recommended you wash your hands with a soap detergent for more than 20 seconds when you visit the toilet, if everyone on board did this then outbreaks of norovirus would be much rarer.
Dealing with a norovirus outbreak on board ship is a tricky affair and should follow a set procedure as outlined in the owner’s procedures manual and should also fall in line with the relevant health guidelines depending on the location of the vessel.
In short though, you should evacuate and sanitise the vessel.
Without doubt the most efficient and effective way to help prevent or treat a norovirus outbreak is to spray the entire boat with a sterilising cloud. The unique Marinevac spraying equipment means all surfaces are covered and the particle technology used ensures even the surfaces that are hidden from sight or difficult to access are also treated..
Once the ship has been evacuated, skilled Marinevac operators discreetly board the vessel and then spray the entire area (or selected areas) with a non-toxic natural biocide which is perfectly acceptable for humans but is deadly for airborne and surface pathogens.
The Marinevac solution is called M.I.S.T (Marinevac Interior Sterilisation Treatment) and eradicates 99.99% of all airborne, diseases, surface pathogens and viruses including MRSA, legionnaires and norovirus, as well as those causing allergies and respiratory problems.
M.I.S.T completely sterilises walls, floors and surfaces to remove hidden threats and leaves no visible trace or residues.
Note; in some cases, we can perform the service in selected areas of this ship whilst humans are still on board
There are a number of practical measures you can take such as deep cleaning every surface on the entire ship. Of course, this is incredibly difficult and expensive and even though there are a number of good chemicals around these days, simply spreading and smearing surface by wiping them often isn’t enough. It’s better than nothing, but there’s a better way
Preventing a norovirus outbreak is much more preferable than treating it.
You will avoid the costly exercise of evacuating your vessel as well as keeping your reputation intact. Oddly enough, the solution for preventing norovirus is the same as treating it.
Sterilising your ship with a non-toxic biocide will go a long way to preventing a norovirus outbreak especially if it is combined with a rigorously implemented hand-washing regime and a deep clean of the vessels high risk surfaces.