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Published: 2020-03-18

Cargo keeps flowing through Felixstowe despite COVID-19

Ports & terminals Cargo keeps flowing through Felixstowe despite COVID-19

Photo: Port of Felixstowe

The Port of Felixstowe remains fully operational in the face of the recent crisis linked to the global coronavirus pandemic. A number of special measures have been introduced in order to reduce the risks and ensure minimal hindrance of port activities.

All ships are required to submit a Declaration of Health Statement before arrival, with any vessels failing to do so being restricted from entering the port. Intensity of cleaning arrangements has been increased , including haulier check-in points. Special plans have been put in place to deep clean the facilities and plant should it become necessary.

A Coronavirus Steering Group (CSG) has been established to oversee and direct the response to the crisis. Latest government advice regarding best ways of maintaining personal hygiene and behavior while travelling is being relayed through a variety of channels.

The port authorities also created a second operations centre in a separate building and split the control tower operation into two teams for increased resilience. New rest-period arrangements based on team membership rather than job function are in place to reduce the risk of contamination across key roles, such as crane drivers.

Home working has been introduced where possible. The port authorities also took upon themselves to help arrange welfare visits in order to make sure that the employees receive the necessary support. All non-business critical visits have been restricted.

There are currently no delays for cargo moving through the port.

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