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Felixstowe takes precautions to keep cargo moving

[ March 17, 2020   //   ]

The Port of Felixstowe says there are currently no delays for cargo and that it will do everything to ensure it remains open throughout the corona virus crisis.

It has established a Coronavirus Steering Group to oversee and direct its response and has increased cleaning arrangements including at haulier check-in and put in place arrangements to deep clean facilities and plant if it becomes necessary.

All ships are required to submit a Declaration of Health Statement before being allowed to enter the port. It has also created a second operations centre in a separate building and split the control tower operation into two teams to ensure operational resilience.

New rest-period arrangements for the period of the crisis are by gang or team rather than job function to reduce the risk of contamination across key roles such as crane drivers.

It has also introduced home working and rotating teams for support functions as practicable along with welfare visits/calls to ensure employees receive the support they need

Non business critical visits to the port are restricted.