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Port Nelson is operating under Alert Level 2 protocols

The Port is now operating under Alert Level 2, ‘Delta’ Alert Level 2 comes with heightened protocols which you will see reflected in how the Port operates.

  • The Port will operate under the following Alert Level 2 Golden Rules, with additional practices for operational areas:
  • Do not come to work if you are unwell
  • Keep 2m from others where this is practicable to do your role or wear a mask.
  • Wear a Mask – While it is encouraged to wear a mask outside of your home, you must wear a mask when you are around others and in a customer facing business and places of work. You do not need to wear a mask in plant although you are encouraged to do so. You do not need to wear a mask if you are in the office and are on your own, at your own desk, or 2m from your colleague.
  • If you need to interact with other non PNL external people – meet outside, maintain 2m distance and wear a mask
  • Use the Covid Tracing app and set bluetooth. If unable to use App please manually record visits.
  • If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline. Contact your manager
  • All sneezing, coughing etc. into elbow or tissue. 
  • Do not touch your face; if you see a workmate touching their face, please point it out 
  • Wash your hands – LOTS especially after touching surfaces that others may have touched and before entering any kitchen area or touching cups, plates etc 
  • Be kind! A lot of people will be feeling the stress from their personal issues; share some love and some slack 
  • All PPE requirements and protocols for working on or around an affected vessel or handling affected items from an affected vessel remain in place.
  • Testing regimes remain in place for front line border workers, make sure you get your test weekly or fortnightly as required.

Our continued focus is to ensure goods continue to flow in and out of the region whilst safe-guarding our workers and the community.

Our response to COVID-19

Port Nelson has three priorities at this time of the COVID-19 challenge:

 

  1. Safe guard the community’s sea border at the Port and safeguard our team members who are at the front line of that border
  2. Ensure safe working practices are adopted by the Port team and those who enter the Port area
  3. Ensure the Port operations continue throughout the current challenge

 

Safe guard the community’s sea border at the Port: Port Nelson receives some vessels directly from overseas ports, so it operates as a port of first arrival. Ministry of Health and Maritime NZ have provided clear guidelines covering the arrival of vessels at the Port. Alert Level 4 Requirements for our front-line border workers including requirements for crews on vessels have been in place since early 2020 and these controls will continue, this includes mandated COVID-19 testing. 

Ensure safe working practices are adopted by the Port team: Port Nelson has established ‘Working Practice’ requirements which again follow Ministry of Health guidelines but generally with an increased level of protection. This information has been shared with other companies and service providers in the Port area to support the sharing of solutions.

Ensure the Port operations continue throughout the current challenge: The Port has developed plans to ensure critical roles have a high level of back up and to ensure its ability to continue to operate should infection in our community become an issue.

Keeping you updated on Port Nelson's Operations

Port Nelson will provide updates as requirements change. Please refer to our COVID-19 page on our website for real-time updates including an overview of the Port’s COVID-19 Work Practices.

Vaccinations

To book your vaccine ring 0800 FLU INFO (0800 3584 636) or go to https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/ 

Click here to view FAQ’s with further information about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Government makes COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for more border workers | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)

COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021

Border and MIQ worker vaccinations | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)

 

Latest News

7 August 2021 

New Zealand (other than Auckland) moved to Alert Level 2 from 12 midnight Tuesday 7th September. Auckland remains at Alert Level 4. Alert Level 2 is not life as normal. The Delta variant is highly contagious, more than 2x as contagious as previous variants.

 

1 August 2021

New Zealand (outside of Auckland and Northland) is moving to Alert Level 3 as of 31/8/21 11.59pm. Port Nelson is classified as an essential service. 

 

17 August 2021

New Zealand is moving to Alert Level 4 as of 17/8/21 11.59pm. Port Nelson is classified as an essential service. Further updates will be provided shortly. 

 

12 August 2021

Updated Guidance Manual for border worker testing:

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-resources-border-sector/border-worker-testing

 

14 July 2021

Government makes COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for more border workers.

The new order will extend to cover a further 1,800 currently unvaccinated active border workers. It will come into effect at 11:59pm on 14 July.

The legislation allows for a reasonable window for vaccination.

  • All government employees covered by the order must have had their first dose by 26 August.
  • Privately employed border workers must have had their first dose by 30 September.
  • New workers covered by the Order (regardless of employer) will need to have their first dose before starting work.

Border workers who remain unvaccinated after the requirements come into effect will need to discuss options with their employer. They will not be able to continue working in a high-risk border environment until they are vaccinated.

The expanded Order applies to people working at affected ports. It also includes work:

  • That involves handing affected items removed from ships
  • Where the job is for a company that is routinely engaged to provide services for a ship
  • Where the employee 'has contact with' people who belong to different groups in the Order.

Government makes COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for more border workers | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)

COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021 (LI 2021/182) – New Zealand Legislation

Border and MIQ worker vaccinations | Unite against COVID-19 (covid19.govt.nz)