Taskforce confirms port is 100% operational

06 Apr 2020 / Antwerp, Belgium

The third meeting of the Port of Antwerp Covid-19 Taskforce confirmed that the port platform is 100% operational…

…The Port of Antwerp Covid-19 multi-disciplinary, cross-border taskforce brings together the various players in the port organisation. It was set up to monitor the day-to-day operation of the port with a view to taking additional measures where necessary.

The port platform is still working perfectly and there are no insurmountable problems. The rate of absence due to illness is actually falling throughout the chain of transport. There is a clear battle of efficiency to keep Europe supplied, with the introduction of EU "green lanes".

At the same time a directive is being drawn up specifically for barge operators in case of illness on board. This directive will be published once it has been finally approved by the relevant authorities.

In the meantime, the existing measures continue to apply:

  • Basic preventive hygiene measures
  • Provision of sufficient cleaning products for machines
  • Documents exchanged in digital form wherever possible, in order to keep human contact to a minimum
  • Ships' crews and personnel on land communicate at a distance (by radio or telephone) wherever possible
  • Application of the rules of social distancing as far as possible, in particular by keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between people

At the moment Port of Antwerp is not experiencing any fall in the volume of freight. In fact there is a noticeable increase in the volume of pharmaceuticals and e-commerce. The supply of foodstuffs is also going smoothly. On the other hand, there has been a fall in imports and exports of cars and other industrial components due to various industries closing down.

The large degree of uncertainty about the spread of the coronavirus and the effects on consumer confidence and the supply chains make it increasingly difficult to forecast the economic impact on the Port of Antwerp. Port of Antwerp will continue to monitor the situation and will respond to the demands of the logistics operators and the terminals.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Belgium, contact GAC Belgium at [email protected])

Source: Port of Antwerp (www.portofantwerp.com) update dated 2 April 2020

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