Namport has given the assurance that the company continues to monitor the developments with the Covid-19 closely.
Namport’s acting chief executive Kavin Harry said the company remains committed to playing its part in supporting the World Health Organisation and government’s efforts to curb the spread of infections due to the Covid-19 virus.
“We will continue to acclimatize our operations where required. Remember, good hand hygiene is ultimately the best measure to curb the spread,” he said.
Harry explained that Namport had formulated an action plan to mitigate the spread of the virus. The plan accommodates different threat levels, ranging from level 0 to level 4 - level 4 being if and when the virus spreads to the two regions within which ports operate.
He said that staff and their wellbeing remains a priority, adding that clients and other stakeholders are equally valuable. Consequently, the company has put various measures in place to ensure their safety.
This involves the activation of an Emergency and Disaster Management Committee in accordance with Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for the Port of Walvis Bay/Lüderitz.
• All business-related trips as well as training sessions have been put on hold until further notice.
• Employees who travels outside Namibia privately have been advised to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days upon their return.
• A personal protective equipment (PPE) policy was issued to all frontline employees with detailed procedures on the correct usage of such.
• The biometric access control system was suspended and has been replaced with manual operation by Namport security who will disinfect every employee / visitor whenever entering any Namport building.
• The Namport gym has been closed until further notice, and the internal boot camp has been suspended until further notice.
• Health talks are conducted at the beginning of each mass meeting.
• The port authority makes use of emails, updates of multimedia screens, SMS, WhatsApp messages, noticeboard updates, EXCO and Namport Ambassador's walkabouts to communicate precautionary measures against the Covid-19 virus.
• Namport clients and stakeholders have been notified that all external meetings will be done via teleconference or video conferencing where possible. Port tours with schools have been called off until further notice.
• Finally, all Namport events have been cancelled or postponed and stakeholders who are affected by this have been notified accordingly.