Port of Rotterdam remains operational with strict Dutch measures
The port of Rotterdam will remain operational 24/7, it announced on Monday evening, just after the Dutch government presented tightened measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. However, processes in the logistics chain have previously been designated by the national government as a vital process for keeping society running and will continue to be permitted, as long as certain conditions are met.
Starting from Monday evening, any gathering other than that of a family unit, is prohibited and will be fined in the country. These measures will last until 1 June. This was announced by the government in a press conference last night. In all places including terminals and ports, a minimal distance of 1.5 metre should be kept between persons.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority, the port business community and nautical service providers in the port will of course continue to observe the health guidelines and recommendations of the authorities, such as working from home where possible, maintaining sufficient distance and good personal hygiene, it said in response.
“While health has the highest priority, we as the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the port authorities try to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on the functioning of the port and industry of Rotterdam. We have frequent consultations with the various nautical service providers, companies and interest groups, both bilaterally and in various consultations. There is also very regular consultation with the public local and national authorities. The aim of this is to ensure that the port continues to function optimally under the current difficult conditions.”