Sal Heavy Lift is working to ensure it delivers cargo around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All the company’s vessels remain fully operational and its office staff are either working in office or at home.
Safety is the company’s top priority. It is taking measures in accordance with recommendations from relevant authorities. Some of the latest measures, include:
The company’s seafarers live in a virologic microcosm on board the vessels. However, international travel restrictions make it almost impossible to make any crew changes. Nevertheless, there are measures in place to protect the seafarers during their daily work. First and foremost, Sal Heavy Lift makes sure that distances are kept and that only limited contact takes place with shore people when its vessels are in port. It also aims to keep any visits to an absolute minimum. If on-board attendance cannot be avoided, all visitors are to register their visit early so that individual risk assessments can be done and any mitigation measures based on purpose and extend of the visit. While on board the vessels, everyone is to comply with the safety rules and to keep distance to one another. The company keeps the right to reject any visitors who do not comply with its hygiene and safety regulations on board. As a general measure, there are sanitation protocols in place and crews receive regular instructions on the latest preventative and hygiene measures.
Due to the many quarantine restrictions that have been put in place by governments around the world, the company’s vessels can be exposed to longer waiting times at ports. The vessel planning is developed around the latest updates from governments, to minimise its exposure to any delays caused by COVID-19 regulations.
The majority of its staff is currently working from home, but everyone is fully operational. The company’s main offices in Hamburg and Bremen are manned, however only with a minimum of staff at the moment.
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