PD Ports, as a major UK port operator, remains a critical part of the national infrastructure, supporting vital UK supply chains to ensure we keep the country supplied with essential items such as food, fuel, pharmaceuticals and other materials. Our operations will continue to run during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The outbreak of the virus is not something that the world has dealt with previously, but we are doing our utmost to take the right and appropriate actions to protect the business, our staff, customers and other stakeholders.
Our Business Continuity Management team is meeting daily and continues to monitor the situation, following guidance and advice from Public Health England and UK Government.
Comprehensive measures are in place across our individual business units to safeguard our people, which conform to the social distancing measures set out by government. In operational areas, we are segregating teams where possible and staggering shifts to minimise interaction. We have implemented suitable break patterns and all of our people have access to enhanced personal hygiene provisions. We have enabled many of our non-operationally critical staff to work from home so that we can maintain the same level of service delivery from our support functions.
The steps we have taken are working well across our business and we are communicating with our teams daily. Our key workers understand the huge task facing us as a nation and continue to work diligently to ensure that the commodities handled by PD Ports, reach their destinations.
Whilst we have some people in isolation and others at home as they are considered at heightened risk, we continue to provide essential support including regular calls from our human resources and occupational health teams. All of our people, regardless of their circumstances, have access to a 24-hour welfare hotline. The hotline provides support for anyone who is concerned or anxious about the COVID-19 outbreak.
This is a very dynamic situation and we are continuously exploring measures as well as assessing priorities and limitations in order to mitigate risk and minimise disruption to UK supply chains based on the latest government guidance.
We are confident in the resilience of our business and our ability to run operations and provide services to all of our customers, safeguarding health and wellbeing.
We would like to thank you for your continued support during these challenging times.
We recommend that you continue to follow updates and latest advice on how to protect yourself through Government announcements, Public Health England and the NHS.
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