Are you still risking your crews health?

Testing Water

Surely you are testing your water supply for Legionella? Escherichia Coli? & other waterborne diseases? Under MLC 2006 guidelines, all vessels must complete regular water tests. Martek Marine asked over 8,000 marine experts & decision makers to help produce the most effective method to test your water.

Under MLC 2006, you have a duty to conduct and document water testing on all consumable water supplies, whether it be for drinking, cooking or even cleaning! So not only are you risking your entire crew’s health, and therefore your vessels resources, you are also putting your ship at risk of detention.

Water quality testing is vital to keeping your crew’s health and ability in check, identification can prevent water-borne diseases and thus prevent illness to your crew and passengers. By not testing water it is an established route for infectious disease transmission on and around ships. In a review of over 100 outbreaks associated with ships, over 20% were directly attributed to waterborne diseases. So, you know the importance of testing your water, but how in-depth do you need to test it?

Depending on where you are in the world, water testing standards will vary from country to country. Each flag state lays down minimum requirements to ensure that all potable water is of appropriate quality, including water used for cleaning and cooking. To ensure you meet the minimum requires, our water-testing kit has been specifically designed to guarantee the full compliance of MLC 2006.

A complication to keep in mind when considering how pure, or unfortunately toxic your vessel’s potable water supplies are: is that some contaminants could cause more gradual harm than others. Materials called acute toxins can inflict harm quickly, whereas chronic toxics deliver a harm over a longer period.

Legionella initially effects an individual’s lungs, making it harder for crew members to carry out their everyday work. If left untreated, Legionella disease begins to affect the heart and other organs, including the brain. In certain cases, septic shock can occur from a drop in blood pressure, eventually leading to lung and kidney failure. To prevent against Legionella, antibiotic treatment is crucial to prevent these complications.

Escherichia Coli is another common waterborne disease, although not as deadly as legionnaires’, it will still render your crew unable to work. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, along with nausea and vomiting. Although individuals will recover within a week or two, however, when onboard a ship without proper medication, your crew could be out of action for longer.

Dysentery often affects groups of people in close contacts, such as your crew onboard. Most people thinking potable water is for drinking or cooking with, however, potable water is also used in cleaning, showering, washing hands etc. If your water contaminated, dysentery can be passed on incredibly quick, only taking one person to not wash their hands correctly. Although again, not fatal, it will put your crew out for a number of days or weeks.

The importance of avoiding these bacteria could not be of any more important, bacteria is particularly heightened on a vessel, which could be days from the nearest port, either resulting in delays or route changes for medical assistance.

Drinksafe is designed to measure pH, free and total chlorine, total coliforms, E.coli bacteria & Pseudomonas, meeting all MLC 2006 guidelines! To find out more information contact us today.