Ferries and port work. These are the main issues on the table in terms of Coronavirus emergency and this is what the Coordination Board focused on today in video conference. The President of the North Tyrrhenian Port Network Authority, Stefano Corsini, had convened the Board, on the strength of the role of coordinating port administrations assigned to him by Law.
In the Port Network Authority’s committee room in Palazzo Rosciano, the institutions involved (in particular USMAF (Maritime, Aviation and Border health Office) , ASL (Local Health Authority), the Harbour Master’s Office, Maritime Border Police, Revenue guard, port city/town mayors or competent councilors) addressed the issue trying to collocate the recent regulatory provisions in everyday operational life.
Ferry passengers are reminded that the regulations imposed by the Prime Minister’s Decree signed on March 10th are valid: those who intend to embark must demonstrate that its absolutely necessary for them to leave their homes. People who have already purchased tickets (or intend to do so) must therefore provide the self-certification required to move within the country, declaring that they are traveling for work, health purposes or other reasons of absolute necessity and urgency.
During the meeting, the President of the Port Network Authority also stressed the need to intensify controls not only in vessel boarding areas, but also directly at terminal gates, in order to avoid any risk of contagion.
The Maritime Border Police specified how, to date, in cooperation with the Revenue guard, extensive checks are being carried out on ferries departing from Sardinia as well as from Corsica and Livorno. In Piombino, state police are responsible for these checks.
The Port Network Authority decided that a new coordination board will soon be convened for the ports of Piombino and Elba, with the competent institutions and shipping companies to see what measures have been taken to ensure territorial continuity with the islands on the one hand and to safeguard people’s health on the other.
In the port sector, workers and seafarers fear that they are exposed to significant levels of risk, due to the nature of their work and their working environment. The need for port companies to adopt even more stringent prevention plans and best practices to improve safety emerged during the meeting.
Over the next few days the Port Network Authority will speak with each operator personally to ensure that common working environments, including shuttle vehicles, are sanitized at each shift- change and that there is no lack of hand cleaning products as well as gloves and masks.
In particular, for transferring workers employed for shuttling new cars, the intention is to reduce the number of employees (no more than three or four) in minivans used for their transportation.
Finally, priority will be given to the dissemination of ministerial directives and the guidelines by the Ministry of Health to enable all workers to adopt the right behaviour to avoid the risk of contagion.