The current situation:
Auckland is now at Alert Level 1 with the rest of New Zealand.
The port is an essential service and we will keep Auckland's freight moving in all alert levels. We are committed to ensuring we are able to continue handling Auckland's freight.
As one of Auckland's lifeline utilities we are acutely aware of our responsibility to ensure that 1.7 million Aucklanders can continue to get key essentials through the port amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We're also aware that many Auckland businesses rely on getting imports in or exports out via our port to keep their businesses running. We are keeping strong controls in place to ensure that COVID-19 doesn't get through our maritime border.
We want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to safeguard our ability to service ships, so we can continue to serve Aucklanders. Ports of Auckland's container and multi cargo terminals are open and operating. To date there has been no impact on our ability to operate.
As a border organisation, it is critical we protect our staff and our maritime border, and we need to remain aware of the potential risks we face. We are a gateway to the world, which is still in the midst of a pandemic.
We have taken, and are continuing to take, strong measures to safeguard our people so we can perform this important social and economic role for Auckland.
Keep safe, healthy and look out for one another.
On Monday 22 February 2021, the first port border worker was vaccinated on-site. The team from Shore Care, who have been doing on-site COVID-19 testing for port users, are now also administering the COVID-19 vaccines.
The vaccines will be rolled out starting with those at highest risk of infection. This includes quarantine hotel workers (Jet Park), MIQ and higher-risk border workers. Vaccinations for port staff will start with those who have higher risk roles – including those who get regular testing as required by the Health Order and the marine team.
After higher-risk workers have been vaccinated there will be a process for other port users. We are actively working with MOH on this and will provide advice on the vaccine process closer to the time.
There is NO CHANGE to the COVID-19 controls we have in place. This is for everyone's protection.
As the pandemic continues across the globe, we must treat all international crew as if they have COVID-19. If you're working on board a ship, you must follow the COVID-19 controls, particularly:
- Distance from crew (at least 2m)
- If you can't distance wear COVID-19 PPE (mask and gloves) in addition to your usual PPE. While wearing your PPE remember not to touch your face and take particular care when removing your mask and gloves. Disposable PPE should be disposed in landfill bins.
- Have a regular COVID-19 test (at least fortnightly) – you must comply with the Ministry of Health Order COVID-19 Public Health Response (Required Testing) Order 2020. Fines may be issued for higher risk workers who fail to comply with the order.
- Pilots and any persons who spend more than 15 minutes in enclosed spaces on board an international vessel must now get COVID-19 tested weekly.
While the risk of exposure remains low, the port testing centres remains available for all Ports of Auckland employees, even if you don't work on a ship. The port testing sites are for people who do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.
COVID-19 testing for 'higher-risk' workers who have worked at Ports of Auckland:
All higher-risk workers (anyone who goes on board or works around an international vessel at a port) must be COVID-19 tested fortnightly. Pilots and any persons who spend more than 15 minutes in enclosed spaces on board an international vessel must now get COVID-19 tested weekly.
While our border controls are working well, regular testing of border workers will help to quickly identify if any COVID-19 gets through. Testing is a vital part of our nation's COVID-19 management strategy.
A higher risk worker is anyone who works on or around ships: pilots, stevedores, linesmen, agents, providors etc.
Testing is available at a community testing centre with a voucher - please contact your employer for a list of locations and voucher. More permanent, on-site testing facilities have been established for asymptomatic port users.
- A portacom outside the Fergusson head office main doors.
- A portacom located by the Bledisloe car handling building (behind the Bledisloe carpark off Tinley Street).
This order applies to higher-risk workers at Ports of Auckland, Port of Tauranga and Auckland International Airport.
Thank you for your cooperation.