Port Waratah Update on COVID-19

As the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and change rapidly, Port Waratah’s approach is aimed at ensuring the health and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and visitors, while minimising potential disruption to the service we provide to our customers.

23 March 2020

General controls

Port Waratah is monitoring all communications from the Australian Government and the World Health Organisation on the guidelines and advice aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. We are using this information to guide our decision making on appropriate controls, including; restrictions on attendance at our sites; the suspension of our Tours Programme; the requirements for self-isolation applying to anyone who has arrived in Australia from an international destination or in close contact with a confirmed case; and social distancing in the workplace.

Vessel specific controls

Vessels berthing at Port Waratah are subject to maritime security protocols coordinated and enforced by the Australian Border Force. Given the circumstances in relation to COVID-19, additional measures have been in place since early January to mitigate the risk and are being adjusted and refined accordingly as the situation develops. The Port Authority of New South Wales is leading the implementation of controls around vessels entering the Port of Newcastle. Port Waratah employees and contractors who are required to interact with vessels have been provided with resources to reduce the need for direct interaction with vessel crews once they have been cleared to enter the Port.

Working through this together

During this challenging time, we are committed to supporting community-based organisations who provide essential services to our community’s most vulnerable people. We encourage community organisations to consider applying to our Community Investment and Partnerships Programme to enable them to provide support on the ground locally.

We acknowledge that this is a very challenging and unique situation, which will continue to change in the foreseeable future. However, Port Waratah is committed to working proactively to manage emerging risks with the health and wellbeing of our people and the community guiding our decision making.

For more information please contact
Paul Chamberlin
Office: (02) 6239 7037
Mobile: 0419 233 989
Email: pchamberlin@tgpublic.com.au