Operations at Port Klang uninterrupted despite Covid-19 outbreak among foreign workers, say port authorities

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020

PETALING JAYA: A Covid-19 outbreak detected among several foreign workers at Port Klang prompted authorities to implement stringent measures to ensure continued port operations.

"The port has sufficient capacity and resources to continue operating with shipping movements and delivery and receipt of cargo proceeding uninterrupted," Port Klang Authority (PKA) general manager Capt K. Subramaniam said on Tuesday (Nov 10).

He said that PKA was notified of an outbreak of Covid-19 involving foreign workers employed by port services contractors in Port Klang.

"PKA has instructed the affected companies to conduct Covid-19 tests for all their employees and carry out cleansing and disinfection of the workers' quarters located outside the port area," he said.

He added that entry restrictions have been imposed on workers and staff of the affected companies into the port terminals at Northport, Westport and Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) pending the outcome of Covid-19 test results.

"The port and logistics sector are categorised as essential services and vital to Malaysia's economic well-being.

"As such, PKA, Northport, Westport and PKFZ will collectively ensure that stringent measures are taken to avoid any disruption that may adversely affect the flow of goods and commerce," Subramaniam said.

He added that PKA is monitoring the situation closely and is working with the relevant ministries and government agencies to ensure compliance of SOPs to safeguard the well-being of port workers, users and the public.

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