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Durrës Port Continues Operations Despite Covid-19

Durrës port continues operations despite Covid-19

Durrës, Albania (PortSEurope) April 16, 2020 – Autoriteti Portual Durres (APD – Port Authority of Durrës) has continued activities at the port despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The authority has adapted from the first moment all measures taken by the Albanian Government, as well as the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO) and those of the European Commission (EC). Relying on the technology resources it possesses,
since March 11, APD has prioritised electronic communication for port users and providing information to port users. Under strict health care measures, the port terminals have continued to process cargo ships, some of which have provided the necessary long-term food reserves for the country, not forgetting the contracts of Albanian entrepreneurs for various import-export goods, such as wheat, iron, sheet metal, melamine, cement, coal, etc. Over 83,000 tons of goods were processed at the Western Terminal in March alone, 3,300 more than last year. Shipping and unloading of ships was carried out from 05.00 to 13.00, respecting the bandwidth of the allowed hours for the movements of employees in conditions of pandemic, while the squares and facilities near the electric cranes are regularly subjected to disinfection. After strict health checks for passengers that began in late February, March 11, 2020, the Ferry Terminal temporarily lost its primary customer, passenger transport. For one month in a row, in the most famous terminal of the port, only trucks and trailers with goods are processed, but there are also special services such as the trips of 70 Italian citizens, who return by ferry to Bari, or the 34 Albanian sailors, who return home. Everything in cooperation and agreement with local state institutions and those of Italy. While the Port Authority also coordinates the cooperation with the Border Police, Customs and Navigation Companies. The port of Durres in the last two months has received special attention from the state. Ministers Balluku, Manastirliu and Lleshaj have inspected the port facilities within a few weeks, expressing consideration for the work done by employees and managers.   The country’s largest port continues to face a completely special and previously unknown situation to it. Meanwhile, APD is determined to take full care of the health of the people working in its premises, as well as to carry out the task taken by the state authorities. Source: APD Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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