Poole adopts Covid-19 measures ahead of summer cruise season

Poole adopts Covid-19 measures ahead of summer cruise season

Port of Poole

Port of Poole's team is well-prepared to welcome back cruise guests this summer

The UK’s Port of Poole has implemented a set of new health and safety measures to mitigate the risk of Covid-19 when it welcomes back cruise guests and crew members this summer.

The port has collaborated with the British Ports Association, the UK Chamber of Shipping, Cruise Britain and other cruise partners to ensure its safety and well-being protocols comply with UK Government guidelines. Procedures have passed four audits with the Health and Safety Executive since August 2020 and are already being successfully used to manage calls from ferry lines.

In addition, Poole’s cruise terminal has been refurbished and reconfigured to facilitate safe social distancing, a new one-way system, space for hand sanitising stations, and a system for screening core body temperatures within two seconds. The port has also invested in fogging machines and other new technologies to enhance cleaning practices.

“We’ve been working closely with our partners and stakeholder to ensure the port is ready, willing and able to welcome back passengers in a safe and manageable way,” said Captain Brian Murphy, marine and port director, and harbour master at Port of Poole. “The safety of guests, crew members and our staff are our top priority, so that cruising can start once again with confidence when the time is right.

“We are proud to have invested in industry-leading safety facilities and measures, and look forward to showcasing everything Poole has to offer to both cruise lines and passengers alike when the cruises season begins this summer.”

Poole is scheduled to welcome a “number of cruise ships” this summer. More details will be announced soon.

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Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
19 April 2021

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