Coronavirus Pandemic Sparks Contactless Port Calls

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  • Consort Shipping Exercises ‘Contactless’ Port Calls to reduce human interaction between crew and the workers ashore to the minimum.
  • Final crew changes for the next three months were issued and has stopped all ship shore human interactions except in the event of a medical emergency to crew. 
  • Operations to continue with all safety measures in place. 

Consort Express Lines moves to contactless port calls to mitigate the impact of Covid-19, reports Post Courier.

Measure to mitigate COVID-19 impact

Major shipping company Consort Express Lines has been taking measures that include contactless port calls to mitigate the impact of Covid-19. 

The company said that it has escalated measures in compliance with the government’s statement on Sunday March 22. 

Contactless port calls

The company said that they have moved to contactless port calls by which human interaction will be reduced between crew and the workers ashore to the minimum.

The company also is in touch with the relevant authorities to demonstrate the mitigated risks by limiting that contact. 

Crew change

The Company added that they have issued final crewing changes for the next three months. They have also stopped all ship shore human interactions except in the event of a medical emergency to crew. 

Non-essential travel 

Consort, in line with the directive from Prime Minister, James Marape on non-essential staff, will implement its plans for a reduced workforce. It has already stopped non-essential travel last week.

Health and safety

General manager, Thomas Bellamy said Consort’s top priority is the health and safety of the people and the supply chain of PNG. 

As Consort customer’s cargo are food and drink supplies, pharmaceuticals, and machinery parts, Bellamy said they will continue to operate all of their core liner shipping services with all of the above measures already in place. 

He said, “All parts of PNG need basic supplies. We will work with the authorities to continue to operate our services and we urge customers to seek the same clarifications in respect of your own cargo.”

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Source: Post Courier

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