Odisha’s Gopalpur Port is operating normally in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. The Gopalpur Ports Limited (GPL) today stated that it is operating normally as it comes under the purview of Essential Commodities Act.The Cargo handling operations are continuing in berths.
The port has taken all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID – 19. It is strictly following the norms and directives received from the Directorate General of Shipping and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfares of Government of India.
While dealing with incoming vessels port is complying with SOP issued by Ministry of Shipping from time to time. Port is also following own standard operating procedures (SOP) on a 24×7 basis in port premises to keep working safe environment.
It also spreads de-contaminant liquid (Sodium Hypochlorite) is being done on the ship’s boarding area for embarkation/disembarkation of operation staff. GPL has undertaken a number of measures to educate its employees and workmen on hygiene measures to avoid the spread of Corona Virus.
The Port has been taking all preventive measures since the outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus. The port cautiously implementing all port operations it covers a full body covered surgical protection suit during his operation on a vessel, port staffs engaged in any kind of operations at berth area, railway siding, parking yards, main gate, and others have been facilitated with face masks and hand-sanitizers before and after operations.
“The Gopalpur port authority is committed to facilitating a safe and contamination-free environment to its people and peripheral villages and it is fully prepared to prevent the spread of COVID – 19. It is also pledged to the operation of the port and thus to keep the country supplied,” GPL stated.
Sea News, March 24