Prevention, mitigation, management of infectious diseases on cruise ships and passenger ferries

Project: EU project

Project Details


With vast experience, in-depth knowledge and established expertise in infectious disease prevention and control on passenger ships, HEALTHY SAILING consortium presents a comprehensive approach introducing innovative, multi-layered, risk and evidence-based, cost-effective tested measures for infectious diseases prevention, mitigation and management (PMM) differentiated for large ferries, cruise ships and expedition vessels. This approach covers: a) preparedness and response to known infectious diseases frequently occurring on passenger ships, diseases that have never occurred but for which preparedness is essential, diseases of unknown aetiology to ensure preparedness for future emerging pathogens/pandemics; b) the entire passenger/crew journey travelling from home to ship and returning, on-board, during shore-side visits; c) ship-board operations, shore-side company operations, port destinations and communities; d) a global perspective of project outputs towards communities and passenger shipping industry. Epidemiological studies, risk assessment, modelling for disease spread and aerosol/droplet dispersion and setting disease thresholds/alert levels will develop a scientific evidence-base and support production of evidence-informed guidelines on COVID-19 for ships/ports, passengers/crew vaccination, ventilation systems and expedition vessels’ medical operation needs. Development/testing of ship-specific syndromic surveillance, AI systems, decision support tools will contribute to early health threat detection on-board, risk-based proportionate responses, and healthy on-board environments. Toolkits for blended learning with hands-on training and technology induced behaviour change will further knowledge, awareness and compliance of all stakeholders. An integrated e-pass based on one-ID concept and toolkit predicting port response capacities will address port operation and community needs. A scientific international panel will promote a harmonized global approach.
Effective start/end date1/09/2231/08/25

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Viking Hydrogen AS (Project partner)
  • Mircea cel Batran Naval Academy (Project partner)
  • University of South-Eastern Norway (Project partner)
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Project partner)
  • Instituto de Salud Carlos III (Project partner)
  • National Technical University of Athens (Project partner)
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS) (Project partner)
  • University of Greenwich (Project partner)
  • EU Shipsan Joint Act (Project partner)
  • Carnival Corporation & plc (Project partner)
  • University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (Project partner)
  • Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK) (Project partner)
  • SeaJets N.E. (Project partner)
  • Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (Project partner)
  • SimFWD P.C. (Project partner)
  • University of Thessaly (Project partner) (lead)
  • RCL Cruises Ltd (Project partner)
  • Celestyal Ship Management Ltd. (Project partner)
  • Frederick University (Project partner)
  • MSC Cruises SA (Project partner)
  • Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) (Project partner)
  • University of Surrey (Project partner)
  • University of Gothenburg (Project partner)
  • University of Rijeka (Project partner)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Funding category

  • Horizon Europe


  • HORIZON-CL5-2021-D6-01-12
  • pandemics
  • coronaviruses
  • naval engineering
  • HealthySailing