CimbriaThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology ViganBühler GmbHTelestackPort of Stockton
  • Port of Stockton
  • The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology
  • Port of Vancouver USA
  • TBA Group
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Cimbria

Safety measures keep HOPA moving

Safety measures keep HOPA moving

(Posted on 07/06/20)

Two months into Canada’s pandemic response, the Ports of Hamilton and Oshawa have safely sustained their roles as vital components of the national transportation network. So far this season more than 880,000 MT of cargo has transited the Port of Hamilton aboard 64 vessels. The Port of Oshawa has received four vessels, carrying a total of 48,000 MT of cargo.

“We’re proud of the role the HOPA Ports network has played in keeping Canada’s supply chains moving. At the same time, our port neighbours need to have confidence that as a gateway for global trade, we’re taking every precaution to keep our communities safe,” said Vicki Gruber, HOPA Ports Harbour Master & Manager of Port Security.

From the outset of the crisis, public and private sector partners across the transportation sector moved swiftly to adopt protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. “These changes have become part of our day-to-day operations now,” noted Ms. Gruber.

HOPA’s Harbour Master receives an update on any vessel coming into the Great Lakes, which includes a health check and crew status update. By rigorously following safety guidelines and keeping the communication open, the port is able to detect and respond to any potential concerns. All vessels are required to report to Transport Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and regional health authorities in Hamilton or Durham if symptoms in personnel aboard are detected.

New physical distancing measures are in place aboard vessels and on-shore, especially during crew changes. Terminals at our ports have been developing their own measures, in tandem with the International Longshoremen’s Association and the Maritime Employers Association. Some of these measures include enhanced PPE, safety protocols and hand cleaning facilities to keep longshoremen safe.

There are regular regional task force meetings with Great Lakes marine stakeholders – including Transport Canada, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, Canadian and U.S. Coast Guards, industry associations, shipping agencies, and port authority harbour masters including HOPA’s.

“Along with our partners, we remain committed to keeping Canada’s supply chains open, and providing quality service to our customers,” added Ms. Gruber. “We are grateful that these organizations have come together in an unprecedented way to protect port workers, seafarers, and residents in our port cities.”

Latest News

Adani increases Krishnapatnam Port ownership

(Posted on 06/04/21)

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone  Ltd. (APSEZ), India’s largest private Ports &... Read more


Single border checkpoint in Dunkirk

(Posted on 06/04/21)

Daniel Deschodt, Interim Chairman of the Executive Board of Dunkerque-Port, has officially handed over... Read more


UAE rail network to provide raw materials transport

(Posted on 01/04/21)

His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah,... Read more


FMT increases Southern USA presence

(Posted on 31/03/21)

Federal Marine Terminals, Inc. (FMT) has signed an operating agreement with Port Itawamba, increasing... Read more


Greenlight for Teesside waste to energy project

(Posted on 28/03/21)

Two of the UK’s leading waste to energy companies – Low Carbon Ltd and PMAC Energy &ndash... Read more


Peel completes autonomous vessel trial

(Posted on 28/03/21)

Peel Ports is the first Port group in the United Kingdom to take delivery of an autonomous unmanned... Read more


Rotterdam closer to hydrogen backbone

(Posted on 22/03/21)

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Gasunie are working together on the development of a new hydrogen... Read more


ABP Newport’s port-centric manufacturing facility

(Posted on 22/03/21)

Associated British Ports (ABP), the UK’s leading and best-connected port operator, has celebrated... Read more


Vancouver USA sees best year in 108 year history

(Posted on 17/03/21)

The Port of Vancouver USA is reporting a record-breaking year in 2020, with the highest returns in its... Read more


Home win for the River Tees

(Posted on 17/03/21)

Three Teesside family firms have worked together to secure a post Brexit shipping deal, keeping business... Read more


Coaltrans Global 2021TBA GroupPort of South LouisianaPort of Vancouver USASailors SocietyCleveland Cascades Ltd
  • Sailors Society
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • Port of South Louisiana
  • TOC Events

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping