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Latin American ports strengthen preventive measures against COVID-19

The worldwide expansion of COVID-19 has forced the essential sectors that continue carrying out their activities to ensure the supply of essential goods to the population, such as the logistics sector, to implement strict preventive measures. Many South American countries have strengthened prevention systems in their ports to guarantee the safety of their workers and prevent the spread of the disease.

APM Terminals Callao continues to operate normally, just like the Paracas Port Terminal (TPParacas). However, to preserve the security of its collaborators, clients, and users, it has established new business hours for its invoicing and documented processing areas.

Meanwhile, the National Port Authority of Peru (APN) stated that people and vehicles that carry out activities related to the transport of cargo and merchandise must identify themselves and present the required documentation to members of the Armed Forces and the National Police.

The Corporation of Maritime Practices of the Port of Guayaquil is requesting changes in the current work system. "We request that pilotage operations be carried out in a single integrated system that is under the control of the National Navy during the duration of the pandemic, as it would expose us less to contagion," said the corporation's president, Jose Segovia. In addition, he said, it's necessary to implement more exhaustive sanitary controls both at the entrance and at the exit of the maritime pilots.

Guayaquil's Port Authority (APG) has prohibited the passengers and crew from tourist cruises arriving in the country to disembark.

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) continues operations to ensure the inter-oceanic passage to world maritime traffic. It should be noted that, in order to ensure the integrity of its workers, crew, and passengers, the ACP has implemented extreme health protocols, but has not neglected the quality standards of its service.

The Government exempted the pilots from carrying out the quarantine to guarantee the country's foreign trade. The general manager of the General Administration of Ports (AGP), Jose Beni, worked with the Ministry of Health on the document that allows regulating the situation of the pilots to be able to comply with the demanding prevention measures ordered by the health authorities.

Moreover, the Port of Buenos Aires reinforced disinfection in common areas, intensified preventive controls, and trained personnel who carry out operational guards on the necessary sanitary requirements.

The Buenaventura Port Society performs the traceability of the ships that arrive at the port and the crews of international ships are not allowed to disembark.

To date, there are no reports of shortages for the population of the Colombian Pacific Coast.



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