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Gopalpur Ports Limited has taken all precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of COVID–19

Gopalpur:18/3/20: Gopalpur Ports Limited (GPL) has taken all precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of COVID–19 in their operational area.A detailed process has been established wherein continuous monitoring and screening all foreign and domestic ships and ship’s crew in addition to the directives and instructions received from the Directorate General of Shipping (Union Ministry of Shipping) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfares of Government of India.Any vessel that has its port of origin from Countries listed by Government of India such as China, Korea, Japan, Italy etc are being quarantined for 14 days.  After 14 day quarantine, the crew of the vessel is checked for any symptoms and if required tested.  For vessels other than the impacted countries, pre-arrival reporting form declaring good health of all crew is sought 24 hours prior to arrival from the shipmaster to prevent the spread of the COVID–19

In addition the Port has also developed its own standard operating procedures (SOP) measures such as and is complying with International Maritime Organizations (IMO) and World Health Organization (WHO) reporting form – “Maritime Declaration of Health” and Port of call list that are being scrutinized by Port health and marine team on a 24×7 basis. It has also taken an additional precaution by recording body temperature of all crew members of the foreign ship’s inside port limit on daily twice basis.

The GPL has put in place all preventive measures since the outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus. The Port carried out mock drills and preparedness drive at port premises in presence of Ganjam district health administration and MKCG Government Hospital teams on February 05. On March 12, the Indian Coast Guard Officials visited the port and felt satisfactory over the port’s readiness to handle the COVID–19.

Fully sanitized Marine pilot is boarding with a full body covered surgical protection suit during his operation on a vessel. All port staffs engaged in any kind of operations at berth area have been given face masks and hand-sanitizers before and after operations.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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