Insider Business Coronavirus: Trade activities as normal at DP World Limassol port terminal

Coronavirus: Trade activities as normal at DP World Limassol port terminal

All trade enabling activities at the terminal are being carried out as normal at Limassol Port, the CEO of DP World Limassol, Nawaf Abdulla said on Thursday while assuring that all steps are being taken to protect the port community.

In a written statement, Abdulla said “At DP World, the safety and well-being of our employees and our customers is always
our priority, and we recognise the important role we play in providing our customers with network connectivity and supply chain solutions to enable global trade during this critical time. We are actively monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and taking steps to ensure the continued safety of our community.”

DP World Limassol, as a company managing critical port infrastructure of vital importance to the Cyprus economy, has implemented business continuity plans that ensure continuity of its operations. Currently, all trade enabling activities and quayside operations are being carried out as normal, he added.

During this public health crisis, the collaboration between the Cyprus Government, business community and the public sector is absolutely essential and we are working closely with local stakeholders to achieve the best possible result, he noted.

In order to protect our port community and those with whom they come in contact e.g. contractors, visitors and vessel crews etc. we require that all entities based and operating at the terminal under DP World Limassol’s administration, comply fully with the issued guidelines from local authorities.

“In addition to these preventive measures, all business travel has been cancelled, we are postponing all events, all meetings are held virtually where possible, we are providing remote-work solutions for those of our staff who can work at home and we continue to reinforce safe behaviour in every business and office environment, where we have implemented additional steps in line with local guidelines. We are sourcing as many protective supplies as possible and we have protocols in place that activate closures, disinfection and appropriate quarantine procedures based on recommendations by the government and health agencies,” he said.

And he concluded: “Currently, our main goal is to effectively protect our stakeholder community, while serving our customers in a safe manner and ensuring business operations continue to the benefit of the Cyprus economy. DP World Limassol has been already implementing precautionary measures at the port and has taken all the necessary steps to ensure the protection of vulnerable groups among its staff. I would like to take this opportunity to particularly thank the team of DP World Limassol for their commitment and professionalism during this challenging period. I would also like to thank our whole stakeholder community as we all come together and support each other in these challenging circumstances that we are all operating under. I am confident that by working together we can overcome this.”

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