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GPL Takes COVID Protection


Gopalpur Ports Limited (GPL) has taken all precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of COVID –19, thanks to strict instructions issued by Amit Saboo, Managing Director GPL.

It has been continuously monitoring the situation and screening all foreign and domestic ships and its crew members as per the directives and instructions received from the Directorate General of Shipping (Union Ministry of Shipping) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfares of Government of India.
GPL also complies with all advisory and norms provided by the State Department of Ports and IWT of the Government of Odisha, said a senior officer in Port.
The GPL has put in place all preventive measures since the outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus(COVID-19) and CEO GPL Sandeep Agarwal is monitoring the measures regularly, admit officals.

The Port carried out mock drills and preparedness drive at port premises in presence of Ganjam district health administration and MKCG Government Hospital teams on February 05. On March 12, the Indian Coast Guard Officials visited the port and felt satisfactory over the port’s readiness to handle the COVID – 19.
The Port has also developed its own standard operating procedures (SOP) measures such as pre-arrival reporting form to be submitted 24 hours prior arrival as certification by shipmaster to prevent the spread of the COVID – 19. It is also complying with International Maritime Organizations (IMO) and World Health Organization (WHO) reporting form – “Maritime Declaration of Health” and Port of call list that are being scrutinized by Port health and marine team on a 24x7 basis.
It has also taken an additional precaution by recording body temperature of all crew members of the foreign ship’s inside port limit on daily twice basis. (06:00hrs and 18:00hrs) till the departure of the vessel from the port.

Apart from an isolation ward, it has in place Non-contact infrared temperature guns, N-95 face masks, disposable gloves & caps, fully equipped ambulance with 3 paramedics available round the clock and  spraying of de-contaminant liquid (Sodium Hypochlorite) is being done on ship’s boarding area for embarkation/disembarkation of operation staff.
Fully sanitized Marine pilot is boarding with afull body covered surgical protection suit during his operation on a vessel. All port staffs engaged in any kind of operations at berth area have been given face masks and hand-sanitizers before and after operations.
The Gopalpur Port authority is committed to providing a safe and contamination-free environment to its people and peripheral villages and it is fully prepared to prevent the spread COVID – 19, said AVP Corporate Affairs GP, Jagadish Rout.  
 
 


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