Mariner’s COVID Testing & Vaccination

New Procedure

Effective September 1, 2021:

  • Unvaccinated employees will be required to provide a COVID-19 negative PCR test within 48 hours of boarding a vessel.  The PCR tests will need to be arranged by the employee and at the employee’s cost (if applicable).
  • If an unvaccinated employee is unable to provide a COVID-19 negative PCR test, the employee will not be allowed to crew up, and the employee will not receive compensation for the time they are not able to work.
  • Unvaccinated employees will continue to be required to wear a face mask while in close proximity to anyone else aboard the vessel in accordance with the current company policy and USCG regulatory guidance.
  • Unvaccinated employees that have to be removed from the vessel for COVID-10 will be paid Maintenance and Cure while in quarantine which varies based on your state of residence from $33-$50 per day.
  • Vaccinated employees that have to be removed from the vessel for COVID-19 will be paid their respective day rate for the lesser of: 7-day waiting period until Short Term Disability goes into effect or the days until the are cleared to return to work aboard the vessel.

Upload Your Vaccination Card

If you have received your vaccination or when you receive your COVID-19 vaccination, you are required to click on the link below to securely upload a copy of your vaccination card. These cards are kept confidential and store within the Genesis’ HSSE databased. You are required to follow all protocols applicable to Unvaccinated Employees until you properly upload proof of your vaccination record to the link below. 

COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS SURVEY LINK: COVID-19 Survey (Use your Genesis email and password to log in.)

 Finding COVID-19 Testing Sites

Per the federal government, COVID-19 testing is free.  You also have access to free COVID-19 testing using your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) medical plan and an in-network provider.  Testing sites may include health departments, pharmacies, free standing laboratories, primary care physicians, and urgent cares. If you get tested using your BCBSTX insurance at an out-of-network facility, like a free standing emergency room, you will be responsible for the full cost.  

Use this abbreviated list below to find convenient, in-network providers for COVID-19 testing.  Appointments are required so be sure to schedule your test at least 3 – 4 days in advance. Availability is limited in some locations so don’t wait until the last minute!

Click on the testing facility below to get started:

Also check with your local health department for area test sites (listed here).

To access a full list of available in-network diagnostic facilities, check out website or use their ‘Provider Finder’ tool on your BCBSTX mobile app.

Using the BCBSTX App to find a provider:

  • Open the App and click on “Find Care In Network”
  • Click on “Launch Provider Finder”
  • Click inside the search bar and then choose Medical Care > Diagnostic and Other Medical Services > Laboratory
  • It will pull up the best match based on your location.
  • You may change the location or filter the list as needed.