The Port of Tyne plays a crucial role in supporting supply chains across the North East and the rest of the UK. We would like to reassure you that we are operating as normal and are implementing a number of measures to ensure we remain fully operational during the current COVID-19 pandemic. It is essential we remain open to continue our role in enabling the flow of goods in to and out of the Port for the benefit of the region and UK as a whole in order to keep the country moving at this critical time.
We continue to monitor the situation and follow guidance and advice from, among others, UK government, Public Health England and Tyne Port Health Authority. The Port has formed a COVID-19 Working Group led by Maritime Director & Harbour Master Steven Clapperton, with membership from across the Port focused on resilience, planning, response and communicating messages, guidance and advice to those who use our services.
We have implemented the following Business Continuity measures to ensure the health and safety of our employees, customers and visitors:
- Enabling non-operational colleagues to work from home
- Restructured our working arrangements for those on site, with staggered start and finish times, so that distances are maintained in staff areas
- Identifying our vulnerable staff, or those caring for vulnerable people, and acted accordingly to protect them
- Increased cleaning in public areas of the Port and increased hand-sanitiser gels in offices and entrances
- Implementing restrictions and guidance for Port employees on non-essential business travel, enabling online customer and supplier meetings and postponement of larger meetings
- Identifying and implementing departmental contingency plans to ensure we continue to operate as normal
- Ensuring all ships submit a Declaration of Health Statement prior to arrival
- Relaying the latest Government and Public Health England advice and our actions to all employees on a regular basis
We will continue to monitor advice and guidance from the official sources and update this page accordingly.
Thank you for your continued support
Port of Tyne
Last Updated: 30 March 2020
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