The health and safety of our staff, tenants, customers, and visitors is paramount while we confront the threats associated with the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. As an essential part of the regional supply chain, South Jersey Port has maintained operations unabated to ensure the transportation of critical raw materials, including those that are used to manufacture metal for canned foods, disinfectant sprays, and other vital commodities.
We have implemented new check-in procedures for truck drivers and visitors ensuring that our business operations continue while limiting direct contact between our staff and outside personnel. We have converted all in-person meetings to teleconferences and enabled SJPC staff, who have the capability to work remotely to do so, thus sustaining Port business while ensuring proper social distancing.
To ensure the safety of our staff, customers, and visitors, while adhering to CDC guidelines, SJPC has provided all staff with hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, gloves, and Level 1 surgical masks. All SJPC employees and visitors (including truck drivers) are required to wear masks while in SJPC facilities. Hand sanitizer pumps have been placed in each building for people to use when entering and exiting our facilities. We have also purchased several UV phone sanitizers, which have been strategically deployed throughout our facilities. Machine operators have been equipped with packs for disinfecting equipment. Our team in the Maintenance and Facilities’ Department has prioritized the daily cleaning of workspaces, while an outside cleaning company has been performing sanitization cleanings four times a week at both terminals. Finally, in collaboration with DRS, we have set up a centralized location at Balzano Terminal where we check everybody’s temperature using scanners. Even those staff members and visitors going to the Broadway Terminal must first come to Balzano Terminal to be scanned. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4º or above, or refusing a temperature scan, will not be permitted into our facilities.
SJPC is currently utilizing our Continuity of Operations Plan to define the actions needed for our operations to continue during emergencies. This plan provides guidance to agencies, tenants, and SJPC personnel with an overview of potential roles and assignments preceding, during, and following disruptive events. We have developed informational bulletins outlining the safety steps SJPC personnel need to take to keep themselves and their workplaces free from the spread of the virus.
Safety measures and protocols will continue to be updated as per guidance from federal, state, and local health officials. We will continue to do everything in our power to protect the health and safety of SJPC staff and keep everybody updated as new information becomes available. This information will also be shared on our website and via social media.
We hope everyone stays safe during this unfortunate and historic crisis. The staff at SJPC will continue to work safely to deliver essential cargo to our customers and keep the supply chain moving.
Be Well, Stay Safe