This webpage provides a comprehensive update on the Port Authority’s response to the COVID-19 emergency in the Ports of Genoa, Pra’, Savona and Vado Ligure, with guidelines on health and safety protocols, and a status of our facilities.
Amidst the public health “Coronavirus” emergency underway, the Ports of Genoa, Pra’, Savona and Vado Ligure remain open and continue to provide all port operations, and the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority pledges to keep the four ports fully operational to guarantee the smooth movement of freight across the country, without disruptions to the supply chain.
In addition, the Port Authority is working actively to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, in compliance with the recent Italian Prime Ministerial emergency provisions announced, together with recent legislation passed by the Ministers of Public Health, and Transport and Infrastructure.
The health and welfare of all those who work in the Ports of Genoa is our primary concern, and everything possible is being done to guarantee a safe workplace for all.
On 12 March, the Port Committee of Hygiene and Safety set out the guidelines for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in the area under the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority’s jurisdiction, comprising all cargo/passenger handling facilities and shipyards, with the joint objective of guaranteeing the safety of workers and the smooth functioning of all port operations.
The precautionary measures adopted require that all port operating companies and shipyards must ensure the disinfection of handling equipment and workplaces at regular intervals, alongside the application of recommendations such as the supply of sanitising hand gels, surgical masks and gloves, and the maintenance of at least 1-metre distance amongst co-workers. In addition, the guidelines prescribe a review of the layout of areas deployed to accommodate port users (ship crews/terminal operators/road-hauliers/passengers) to avoid overcrowding and reduce to a minimum direct contact, together with the promotion of an intensive use and expansion of the E-port system.
Temporary disruptions of port operations during the implementation of the new procedures will be managed with the cooperation of all the port stakeholders working towards the common goal of guaranteeing the safety of workers and the normal functioning of the Ports of Genoa which, at such a critical time for the nation, continues to carry out its strategic role as maritime gateway for imports/exports to/from the leading Italian industrial and consumer centres.
It is important to note that, although cruise activities are at a standstill worldwide, ferry services to the major Italian islands from Genoa, Savona and Vado are fully operational for cargo, whilst the container terminals in Genoa, Pra’ and Vado continue to accommodate vessels from across the world, albeit the regular liner services have undergone a rescheduling on the part of the leading ocean carriers.
The Port Hygiene and Safety Committee, chaired by the Port Authority and composed of the local health authorities, port terminal operators, road-hauliers and workers’ trade unions, meets regularly to monitor the situation. It has become clear that the scenarios of the Coronavirus emergency change rapidly and constantly, consequently the Committee may have to impose additional measures in response to new developments. Please note that the Italian section AGGIORNAMENTI CORONAVIRUS and the English section CORONAVIRUS UPDATE of the official Ports of Genoa website receives regular updates.
In addition, although many employees are working from home, the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority is open for business and all offices are fully operational.
PORT AUTHORITY DIRECTIVES AND OTHER DOCUMENTS
- Report on Covid-19 "phase 2". General observations: Health safety for the port activities according to the Prime Minister’s Decree of 26 April 2020 – Shipbuilding Sector – 5 May 2020 (pdf - 78.55 Kb )
- Report on Covid-19 "phase 2". General observations: Health safety for the port activities according to the Prime Minister’s Decree of 26 April 2020 – Commercial Sector – 5 May 2020 (pdf - 79.79 Kb )
- Covid-19 Task Force Inner Group for Information, Communication Procedures and Activation in Case of Positive rr Suspected Cases Among Port Workers - 9 April 2020 (pdf - 80.69 Kb )
- Covid-19 Task Force Inner Group for Information, Communication Procedures and Activation in Case of Positive rr Suspected Cases Among Port Workers - 30 March 2020 (pdf - 92.53 Kb )
- Updated Guidelines issued by the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority on 12 March 2020 concerning the containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19 - 27 March 2020 (pdf - 117.69 Kb )
- Regulatory protocol for the containment of the spread of COVID-19 in the premises of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority (pdf - 168.27 Kb )
- Communication from the President of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority – 15 March 2020 - Updated guidelines of 12 March 2020 (pdf - 246.63 Kb )
- Guidelines for the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 in the Port Area - Commercial Sector - 12 March 2020 (pdf - 140.34 Kb )
- Guidelines for the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 in the Port Area - Industrial Sector - 12 March 2020 (pdf - 140.52 Kb )
- Hygiene and Safety Committee - 24 February 2020 (pdf - 314.41 Kb )
- EUROPEAN MARITIME SAFETY AGENCY: Covid 19 - Impact on Shipping - 24 July 2020 (pdf - 2.13 Mb )
- EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS: Interim guidance for preparedness and response to cases of Covid-19 at points of entry in the European Union (EU)/EEA Member States (MS) - Interim advice for restarting cruise ship operations after lifting restrictive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic - 30 June 2020 (pdf - 1.04 Mb )
- EU HEALTHY GATEWAYS: Interim advice for preparedness and response to cases of COVID-19 on board ferries after lifting restrictive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic - 24 June 2020 (pdf - 797.93 Kb )
- Communication from The Commission - COVID-19. Guidelines on the progressive restoration of transport services and connectivity – del 13.05.2020 (pdf - 486.92 Kb )
- European Commission: Press release – Tourism and transport. Commission's guidance on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe's tourism in 2020 and beyond – del 13.05.2020 (pdf - 81.19 Kb )
- European Commission. Guidelines on protection of health, repatriation and travel arrangements for seafarers, passengers and other persons on board ships - 08.04.2020 (pdf - 328.36 Kb )
- IMO International Maritime Organization. Preliminary list of recommendations for Governments and relevant national authorities on the facilitation of maritime trade during the COVID-19 pandemic - 27.03.2020 (pdf - 147.34 Kb )
- European Commission Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport. Exceptional measures in transport to deal with COVID-19 Inability to comply with certain provisions of EU legislation - 26.03.2020 (pdf - 239.33 Kb )
- Public Health Recommedations (pdf - 279.77 Kb )
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public
- Coronavirus COVID-19: Cruise Industry Background (pdf - 143.89 Kb )
- World Health Organization - Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 (pdf - 590.54 Kb )
- COVID-19 (pdf - 1.2 Mb )
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
To maintain the Ports of Genoa operational and, simultaneously, ensure a safe workplace for all, the Port Authority has introduced guidelines for the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 to be applied across the entire Ports of Genova, Pra’, Savona and Vado Ligure area, in compliance with the provisions of the recent Italian Prime Ministerial emergency decrees, and of the latest legislation passed by the Ministers of Health and of Transport and Infrastructure. The set of precautionary measures include the following:
- working from home wherever possible, and restricting the presence of workers on-site to the minimum required to guarantee all cargo handling operations;
- staying at home at the first sign of illness or if in contact with an infected person;
- maintaining social distancing of up to at least 1 metre amongst co-workers;
- the supply of sanitising hand gels, medical masks and gloves to all workers;
- the disinfection of port handling equipment and workplaces at regular intervals;
- a review of the layout of areas deployed to accommodate port users (ship crews, terminal operators, dockers, road-hauliers, passengers) to avoid overcrowding and reduce to a minimum direct contact;
- promoting an intensive use and expansion of the E-port system amongst all port stakeholders;
- external visits to the headquarters and premises of the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority are limited to the delivery and release of essential documents which cannot be processed online. At the reception desks (Palazzo San Giorgio, Ponte dei Mille, Savona), a screening will be carried out, and surgical masks and gloves are available upon request.
Documents are to be exchanged digitally wherever possible, so as to limit human contact to a minimum.
Yes, in compliance with requirements outlined in the Italian Prime Ministerial Decree of 7 August 2020 (Art.8), cruise lines can resume operations in Italy from 15 August 2020. The first cruise ship to depart from the Port of Genoa, set sail on 16 August. Yes, in compliance with recent regulations of 12 August 2020 issued by the Ministry for Health, ferry passenger services from the Ports of Genoa are operational to Sardinia, Sicily, Corsica, Spain, Malta, Tunisia and Morocco.
Yes, in compliance with requirements outlined in the Italian Prime Ministerial Decree of 24 October 2020 (Art.8) and of 7 August 2020 (Art.8), cruise and passenger ferry lines can resume operations in Italy. The first cruise ship to depart from the Port of Genoa, set sail on 16 August and in Savona on 19 September, in compliance with strict specific safety protocol guidelines.
For an update on legislation in force, please refer to the section “PORT AUTHORITY DIRECTIVES AND OTHER DOCUMENTS”
- The provision of maritime support services has been divided into two time slots:
- Day: 05:00 - 23:00 hrs;
- Night: 23:00 – 05:00 hrs;
- Basin of Genoa (Porto Antico and Sampierdarena):
- from 05:00 to 06:00 hrs: maximum 2 incoming vessels or 4 outgoing vessels simultaneously (or 1 in and 2 out);
- from 06:00 to 12:00 hrs: maximum 3 incoming vessels or 6 outgoing vessels simultaneously (or a combination: 2 in and 2 out/1 in and 4 out);
- from 12:00 to 23:00 hrs: maximum 2 incoming vessels or 4 outgoing vessels simultaneously (or 1 in and 1 out);
- night slot, only one manoeuvre at a time;
- Basins of Prà and Multedo:
- simultaneous manoeuvres of containerships and oil tankers are prohibited.
Events at the historic Headquarters of the Port Authority building Palazzo San Giorgio, guided tours and port visits have either been cancelled or postponed to a later date. Only essential visitors are permitted to access the Port Authority work premises; members of the general public are refused admittance and the URP office is temporarily closed, but can be contacted by email email@example.com or by telephone +39 335 1289508 from Monday to Friday , 10 - 12 hrs and 14 – 16 hrs.
Although Port Authority employees are working from home wherever possible, the Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority is open for business and all Departments are fully operational and can be contacted by telephone and email.
General enquiries can be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, press and media enquiries can be sent by email to: email@example.com.
Please note that the CORONAVIRUS UPDATE section of the official www.portsofgenoa.com website receives regular daily updates.
Yes, systems that provide drivers with time-slots in which they can deliver and pick up a container are already in force and have been further upgraded in certain terminals in order to reduce to a minimum interaction between truck drivers and gate control staff.
- ·PSA Genova Pra’. The digital ticket to enter the Uffici Merci (One-Stop Office) can be requested either via the mobile app ”PSA Genova Pra’ Trasportatori” (App Store Apple and Google Play Store) or by SMS to the mobile number: +39 3316166446, by texting ‘MERCI’.
- Vado Gateway (container and reefer terminals). To book and manage in real-time entry to the terminals, the mobile app “APMT TERMPoint Appointments” (App Store Apple and Google Play Store) can be downloaded in Italian, English and Spanish.
The Western Ligurian Sea Port Authority constantly follows the advice of the World Health Organisation, the EU, the Italian Prime Minister and Italian Ministeries of Transport and Infrastruture and of Health legislation, and the Local Public Health Authorities and will keep you informed of any changes.
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