DP World Port Botany impacted by Covid-19

Today DP World Australia received confirmation that an employee at our Port Botany Terminal had recently attended work while testing positive with Covid-19.

“We are working closely with the Department of NSW Health to identify any close or casual contacts to ensure the safety of our employees and the community,” DP World said in a statement.

“We are continuing to work on minimising delays for our customers and the supply chain, and the loading and discharging of containers continues. While there are impacts across the next couple days, we anticipate being able to continue our operations.”

DP World delivers end-to-end supply chain logistics services through an interconnected global network of 181 business units in 64 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature
markets.

Earlier this year, DP World expanded its Melbourne operations.

UPDATE: 16.9.2021

DP World Australia has today announced its decision to mandate vaccination for its workforce.

“DP World Australia strongly supports Covid-19 vaccination and consistent with the Australian Government’s advice, this will enable us to move towards living with Covid-19,” the company said in a statement.

“As a tier 1 employer, with essential workers interacting with vessel crews at ports of entry, our employees and their families have been eligible for priority access to vaccinations since March 2021.

“DP World Australia has been reviewing our risk controls to ensure the ongoing safety of employees and maintaining operational continuity to keep vital supplies moving across the Australian supply chain.

“In light of the positive Covid-19 case at our Port Botany terminal this week, 36 employees have been deemed close contacts using NSW Health guidelines. This group of employees and contractors are now in self isolation for a minimum of 14 days.

“A further 63 employees and contractors have been deemed casual contacts and are unable to return to work until a
negative Covid test.

“This has had a significant impact on our operations and risk exposure to our employees, not withstanding, we have a comprehensive Covid safety management plan in place. We have further made the decision to make Covid-19 vaccination for all employees and contractors a condition of engagement. Employees will need to ensure they have received their first dose by Friday, 15 October 2021 and a second dose by no later than Monday, 15 November
2021.

“Despite some disruption to our Port Botany terminal, we have maintained vessel operations and delivery from our road transport customers.”

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