With cruise ships subject to “no-sail” orders and ports experiencing decreases in cargo volumes, the impacts of coronavirus are far reaching. In the US alone where the largest cruise ports can process as many as 50,000 passengers per day, local and regional economies that benefit from cruise operations have been severely affected. Conversely, the pandemic may also drive an increase in ferry transport as commuters look for alternatives to traditional modes of public transit.
To ensure a successful return to full service, operations at ports and marine terminals will rely on the implementation of COVID-19 detection measures and deliberate actions undertaken to protect the safety of port staff, terminal personnel, ship crews and passengers. Whether driven by government regulation or industry best practice, new health screening systems, procedures and policies for building re-occupancy, cargo handling, passenger and baggage processing, security checks, and vessel boarding will be critical to future port and terminal operations.
AECOM has the expertise and technologies to help you identify and implement the short, medium and long-term strategies needed for safe operations. As port and terminal activity picks up, our team will deliver the on-going monitoring and adjustments needed to support your future operations and safeguard a progressive return to full service.