Dhamra: In the present circumstances as the whole world is fighting against Corona Virus, so Dhamra port is also trying its best for preventing this virus. On 28th Jan 2020 port receives Ministry of Shipping (MoS) guidelines for Corona Virus preparedness through Commerce & Transport Department, Govt of Odisha. Port takes measure steps for preventing the possible importation of nCoV-19. Trade notice issued to all registered shipping agents on nCoV advisory. Advising Masters of all vessels calling port to monitor their crew members/passengers for development of symptoms suggestive of nCoV and report to port control through Maritime Declaration of Health (MDoH).
Port Doctors advised to check MDoH, last port of call and crew joining date of each vessel with regard to possible nCoV exposure while granting Free Pratique. Port Pilots being first point of contact with vessel are advised to take preventive measures to avoid person to person transmission and issued with N-95 Masks, disposable hand gloves and hand sanitizers.
Port CEO attended high level meeting with Secretary, MoS for review of nCoV preparedness. Port Starts thermal screening of crew members calling at port with contact from suspected countries. Till date (16th Mar 20) Port doctors have screened 871 crew members of 41 vessels. APSEZ has taken necessary actions to tackle the spread of COVID-19. This includes scanning of all cargo and personnel, adherence to usage of PPEs (personal protective equipment), maintaining temperature logs, restricting human contact to the minimal and reporting of any anomaly to health authorities. At Dhamra port as a precautionary measure workmen, who had arrived at site from Taiwan & Vietnam, were put on self-quarantine for 14 days prior to engaging them at work”.