Fremantle Ports is committed to the health and safety of our community, employees, port users and service providers. Fremantle Ports is ensuring the ongoing facilitation of the vital link of trade to bring the community essential supplies while doing everything to mitigate the virus’s spread. We are guided by the Australian Department of Health and Australian Border Force’s introduced measures at ports nationally to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To ensure business continuity, we are actively taking measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Those precautions are being taken at every level of our organisation in response to the latest advice from government.
Livestock vessel Al Kuwait
Update 29 May: Fremantle Ports is complying with directions from the WA Health Department and the WA Police. The ship remains at berth at the Fremantle Passenger Terminal so that services are available for WA Health to manage the situation.
Update 27 May: Fremantle Ports wishes to advise its stakeholders that six crew aboard the livestock vessel Al Kuwait, currently berthed in the Fremantle Inner Harbour, were yesterday (26 May) confirmed COVID-19 positive by WA Health and taken to a Perth hotel for isolation. Forty-two crew remain aboard the ship and will continue to be assessed by WA Health.
The vessel arrived from the United Arab Emirates last Friday, 22 May, and berthed at Victoria Quay after being granted permission to enter the port by Federal Authorities. The crew have been required to remain aboard the ship at all times, in line with current restrictions. All interactions with the Al Kuwait and its crew are being managed by WA Health and the WA Police Force. Apart from the six people now in isolation, no member of Al Kuwait’s crew has been ashore or will be allowed to go ashore. This protocol is in line with the existing restrictions already in place at the Port of Fremantle, which has served to provide an additional, important, protection for the WA community.
After the ship’s arrival in port, Fremantle Ports became aware of information provided to it by a third party in relation to the possibility of a sick crew member on board the vessel, which resulted in relevant Government Authorities being alerted. The Department of Health then attended the vessel on Sunday afternoon to conduct checks of seven crew aboard the ship. The test results were confirmed yesterday morning, with six crew members testing positive.
The circumstances of the remaining crew aboard need to be closely managed by WA Health and it is likely that more crew will be removed from the vessel in a controlled manner from time to time, for their welfare. Peter Hughes Drive, on Victoria Quay, has been closed in order to allow authorities to carry out their duties and also keep the public away from the vessel. The port is continuing to operate as normal. Fremantle Ports has endeavoured to keep its staff and related maritime operations personnel fully informed in regard to this matter and will continue to do so. The ship has not been loaded and is not due to depart at this point in time.
Fremantle Ports appreciates the cooperation of its partners in the port community and will provide further updates where appropriate. Organisations are advised to continue applying their COVID-19 precautions at this time and encouraged to monitor official advice and announcements at https://www.wa.gov.au/government/covid-19-coronavirus
There are no cruise ships at Fremantle. Fremantle Ports is complying with all regulations and directions from Government. Australian Border Force has directed that no more cruise ships are to come to Australia until 17 September 2020.
Container, break-bulk and bulk trades are all continuing. All ships must provide pre-arrival health and quarantine information that is checked by Australian authorities. Ships from overseas that have received clearance by the authorities can berth in the port. If ships or crew have been fewer than 14 days at sea, crew must follow biosecurity directions. All crew must remain on-board while the vessel is berthed in Australia. Crew are able to disembark to conduct essential vessel functions only and crew must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while performing these functions. Crew should restrict their interaction with non-crew members to those interactions that are critical to the safe operation and loading/unloading of the vessel. Crew must also use PPE in public spaces on board the vessel while non-crew members are on-board. There is currently no shore leave for any crew. To ensure ongoing trade and supply of goods, international and interstate maritime crew change-outs are permitted and are being managed by the WA Health Department.
Suppliers and deliveries
Suppliers to Fremantle Ports are requested to review their provision of goods and services to Fremantle Ports. If any interruption or delay in supply of critical items is expected, suppliers should notify Fremantle Ports immediately via [email protected]
Deliveries and face-to-face visits to Fremantle Ports are now also subject to change. Due to COVID-19, there are now restrictions on people entering Fremantle Ports premises in the interests of everyone’s health. As far as possible, inquiries should be conducted by phone or email, rather than face-to-face.
Deliveries to Fremantle Ports’ Administration Office Building should phone Reception (9430 3555) on arrival for instructions.
Contractors and visitors
Contractors working for Fremantle Ports and visitors meeting Fremantle Ports staff are now required to complete a written declaration confirming their work/presence on a Fremantle Ports site is necessary and can’t be postponed or handled electronically. The form also incorporates a simple risk assessment checklist. Contractors and visitors are required to follow strict hygiene and social distancing guidelines set out in the declaration form.
Download Fremantle Ports' COVID-19 Contractor Visitor Declaration form.
There are several important websites providing information about COVID-19 you may wish to visit:
- Australian Government (with information on the new 'Coronavirus Australia' app): https://www.australia.gov.au/
- WA Government: www.wa.gov.au/government/coronavirus-covid-19
- WA COVID hotline: 13COVID (13 26 843) - operating 7am-10pm, 7 days a week
- National Coronavirus Helpline: 1800 020 080
- Federal Department of Health: www.health.gov.au
- WA Department of Health: https://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/
- Department of Home Affairs: www.homeaffairs.gov.au
- Smart Traveller: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
- World Port Sustainability Program: https://sustainableworldports.org/world-ports-covid19-information-portal/
If you have questions, please email [email protected] or call 08 9430 3555.
COVID-19 Contractor Visitor Declaration FormContractors working for Fremantle Ports and visitors meeting Fremantle Ports staff need to complete this form.
WA Travel Restrictions fact sheetIf you work in the transport, freight or logistics industries which continue to operate under these restrictions, or if you believe you fall within an exemption category, before travelling, you can apply for pre-approval to travel via the G2G PASS.
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