HOPA Ports Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

[:en]Our commitment to public safety and economic sustainability during this unprecedented health crisis 

March 17, 2020

Hamilton & Oshawa, ON – The Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA) has been taking every precautionary measure recommended by the World Health Organization, and the Public Health Agency of Canada to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to do so over the coming weeks, and into the foreseeable future.

We know that taking action now is critical to ensuring a lesser impact on our staff, the businesses operating at our ports, and the ripple effects on our local and regional economies as we meet this challenge together.

The 2020 marine shipping season is still set to open in a matter of weeks in Hamilton and Oshawa, and our ports will continue with as much normalcy as possible in the movement of goods via marine, road and rail during this crisis.

Starting today, some HOPA staff will be working remotely to reduce social interaction, while maintaining business continuity for our tenants and customers. However, critical functions such as maintenance, port security and vessel traffic management will not be impacted.

While following public health regulations and guidance of Transport Canada, we are committed to keeping our supply chains open, and providing quality service to our customers. The latest border control measures do not apply to the movement of goods, trade or commerce and the integrity of our supply chains will be maintained.

Our Harbour Master has been and continues to engage with marine authorities and shipping lines about new protocol and extra precautions for marine transportation. Some of these precautions include reporting to Transport Canada upon entering Canadian waters and communicating with the Public Health Agency of Canada if symptoms are detected by personnel aboard a vessel.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. We will continue to keep the public, staff and our partners updated as the situation continues to evolve.

We have no doubt taking precautions now will enable a stronger and swifter recovery at home and around the world.

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Media contact:
Emily Paivalainen
Communications & Community Relations Coordinator
HOPA Ports
Tel: (289) 659-8225
epaivalainen@hopaports.ca
www.hopaports.ca

About HOPA Ports
As a growing integrated port network, the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority offers innovative port and marine assets on the Great Lakes. We’re developing multimodal spaces to support Ontario’s industries and facilitate trade. By investing in high-quality infrastructure and prioritizing sustainability, we’re building prosperous working waterfronts in Ontario communities.[:]

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