Our Pandemic Response Team regularly reviews controls throughout our operations and works closely with the Nelson-Marlborough District Health Board, Maritime New Zealand and industry organisations to ensure best practice COVID-19 management.
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Port Marlborough is supported by the Nelson Marlborough DHB to undertake testing of high risk workers and others. The NMDHB provides a weekly testing clinic on-site at the Port, available to staff of Port Marlborough and other PCBUs operating on the Port.
The Port operates under the currently prevailing COVID-19 Public Health Order. The Ministry of Health reviews the Public Health Orders regularly in response to changing circumstances and the Port responds immediately to any changes required.
The Ministry of Health has set new guidelines that allow international vessel crew to qualify for shore leave while in New Zealand. These Guidelines set tight controls to ensure that eligible crew are free of COVID-19 infection.
Seafarer welfare is an important component of the international response to COVID-19 and Port Marlborough is committed to playing our part in supporting visiting seafarers in a way that is safe for our staff and our community.
Vessels visiting Picton have crew who qualify for shore leave, and Port Marlborough has appropriate protocols in place to support visiting crew safely. Shore leave is expected to occur at Picton from December 2020.
The Public Health Unit and Port Marlborough met with Stakeholders during November 2019 to provide information and answer any questions prior to any crew coming ashore.