ISSUED 24th MARCH 2020
BY LONGROOM PORT CONTROL
VTS SERVICE – PORT CONTROL STATIONS REDUCED MANNING
REF/A/ALRS VOL 6(1) PLYMOUTH – VTS SERVICE.
1. PLYMOUTH PORT CONTROL STATIONS WILL OPERATE WITH REDUCED MANNING UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
2. EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO MAINTAIN NORMAL LEVELS OF VTS SERVICE DURING THE PERIOD. HOWEVER, IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO ADJUST OR DELAY VESSEL MOVEMENTS DEPENDANT UPON TRAFFIC DENSITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS TO ENSURE THE CONTINUED SAFE OPERATION OF THE PORT.
3. PLYMNAVWARNS IN FORCE 001-004, 022, 027, 028,038, 039/20
4. NEXT PLYMNAVWARN 040/20
Tuesday 24 Mar 2020
Queen’s Harbour Master Plymouth
DOCKYARD PORT OF PLYMOUTH – DIRECTION
- This notice is a direction by the Queen’s Harbour Master Plymouth in exercise of powers conferred by the Dockyard Port of Plymouth Order 1999, issued jointly with the Cattewater Harbour Commisioners.
2. The threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious concern. Masters of vessels should follow national procedures on reporting where illness has been identified on board or where crew have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. For commercial vessels this will be the completion of a Maritime Declaration of Health (MDH) submitted to the Port Health Authority via the Ship’s Agent. For military vessels reporting should be via the LOGREQ procedure. Additionally, vessels are to report to Longroom VTS that the vessel does not have any reportable illnesses onboard and has free pratique, before the vessel enters the port and the pilot boards.
3. QHM Plymouth and Cattewater Harbour Commissioners have taken steps to ensure both Admiralty and commercial Pilots and staff are healthy before boarding any vessel. There is also a need to ensure ships are safe enviornments for them. To mitigate the threat of COVID-19 transmission, the following specific measures are to be taken prior to pilot embarkation:
- Within the one hour prior to boarding, wipe down the whole bridge with a suitable disinfectant solution (including instruments, chairs, helm, handrails, consoles, telegraphs, windows, chart table etc).
- Do not shake hands.
- Any crew members entering the bridge, or who may come in contact with the Pilot, should sanitize their hands regularly by washing or using sanitizer gel.
- Only essential personnel should be allowed in the wheelhouse whilst the Pilot is embarked.
4. The measures for countering the spread of COVID-19 are continuiously under revision by HM Government and vessels should wherever possible monitor national advice.
Tuesday 17 Mar 2020
Queen’s Harbour Master Plymouth
The Cattewater Harbour Commissioners stands ready to assist the local community in a collective response to COVID-19. Please contact us for more information, or if we can be of any assistance.
For vessel owners, we continue to be afloat at least one per day checking all moorings in the Cattewater. If you have specific concerns about your vessel please contact us.
27th March 2020 – Advice to Leisure Users
Although the port remains open, this is to ensure essential cargoes, such as fuel, can still be transported into the south west. As far as recreational use of vessels is concerned, it is not considered to be essential and those who break the new laws could be fined for doing so. If you believe that the activity you want to conduct on the river is within the 30 minutes of keeping healthy (rowing, paddle-boarding etc) then the guidance we have received is that this should be done from home, avoiding contact with others (unless they are in your family/isolation group). The inference being that the exercise period (not power boating or sailing) should be short and not involve driving to another location.
The MOD police will be challenging water users, checking that voyages are essential and enforcing accordingly.
18th March 2020- General Statement
There are ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 and the impact this may have on the Port of Plymouth. Cattewater Harbour Commissioners are taking all the relevant steps to ensure the wellbeing of customers and employees, and the continuation of the safe running of the port.
Our primary focus will remain the safety and wellbeing of personnel, followed by maintaining the safe operation of the port. We are in regular contact with the health authorities, statutory bodies and other key organisations to ensure we are following the most up to date guidance and our services are most effective.
Cattewater Harbour Commissioners have taken the following steps in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
- Personnel providing critical roles (e.g. Pilots, tug and pilot boat coxswains) are being separated to ensure services can continue.
- Staff are being encouraged to work remotely if possible and practical. If not, social distancing measures are being implemented in all our departments.
- We are monitoring and distributing the latest public health guidance.We would like to reassure customers that the port remains fully operational and the measures are in place to ensure this continues. The national situation is regularly reviewed and our guidance to staff and port users is updated to reflect this.If you need to contact the harbour office, please do so via phone or email. We ask that customers do not visit the harbour office at this time.