State of Emergency: Tanger-Med Reinforces Health Control

Import and export port activities continue in a normal manner at the Tangier-Med port, with the reinforcement of the sanitary control of professional drivers of international road transport, in accordance with the state of sanitary emergency.

All the services of the Tangier-Med port authority are operational, be it the harbor master’s office, towing or mooring, to ensure sea calls in the best conditions, said the director of the Tangier-Med Port Passenger, Kamal Lakhmas, in a press statement.

Port activities at Tangier-Med port are continuing in a normal manner, including container traffic in import/export and transshipment, TIR truck flows in import/export, liquid and solid bulk traffic, and this in compliance with the regulations in force, he added, affirming that the entire port community is mobilized to serve the import-export flows for the needs of the Kingdom and transshipment for global flows.

In this sense, he said the Tangier-Med port and its partners have put in place a continuity plan to ensure the needs and port operations, 7 days a week and 24 hours a day.

In addition, Lakhmas noted that the entire port community, including partners and local authorities, are informed of all necessary hygiene and sanitary barrier measures recommended by the Ministry of Health to maintain the safe operation of the port.

He also wished to salute the people who work daily in the field despite the exceptional circumstances, including pilots, port operators, logisticians, truck drivers, transit clerks and shipping agents, as well as local authorities in relation to import/export, to ensure the continuity of port operations, maintain a safe and healthy working environment, and guarantee national and international supply chains.

For his part, the head of the sanitary control service of Tangier-Med and head of the sanitary control services at the level of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Abderrahim Rachdi, indicated that the service monitors and controls the state of health of all professional drivers working in international road transport and passing through the maritime line Tangier-Med-Algésiras, and this following Morocco’s decision to suspend maritime passenger transport links as part of preventive measures to fight against the spread of Covid-19.

The service operates according to an action plan put in place with all stakeholders of the port, and under the supervision of the prefecture of the province of Fahs-Anjra, he said.

Professional drivers are subject to a thorough health check during which their temperatures are measured using thermal cameras, and a medical examination is carried out if necessary, Rachdi explained, noting that preventive measures are also being reinforced, including the cleaning of import trucks with chemicals.

In addition, Rachdi noted that the service also conducts awareness campaigns among professional drivers on preventive measures to avoid contamination by the virus.

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