I would like to provide you with an update on the Seatruck Ferries service.
In order to keep our supply chain moving it is important that we protect our vessels from infection. For this reason, a week ago, we took the decision to stop taking driver and passengers on our ferries.
All our three services are still operating normally but are only carrying unaccompanied trailers and trade vehicles.
To further protect the crew, we have cancelled all but critical maintenance that involves shore technicians coming onboard. Crew are also staying on the vessel and not getting off when in port. Cleaning regimes onboard have been stepped up. If a crew member were to develop symptoms, we have created isolation areas on each vessel. It is vital that the ships keep moving.
In our terminals we are dealing with check-in in new ways and starting to use intercom systems behind closed glass rather than open windows. We are working to eliminate all paperwork transfer between drivers and staff and ensuring that terminal staff adhere to a strict hygiene routine.
Customers can assist our operations by removing import traffic from terminals as promptly as possible to avoid yard congestion.
Over the coming weeks it is likely that there will be changes in the way that cargo flows on the Irish Sea. If demand increases for unaccompanied shipments, we can offer additional trailer space on all our services and offer extra sailings as required. If overall volumes drop, we will adapt our schedule accordingly. This flexing of our schedule both up down can be done quickly and easily as things develop.
We are here to help and are working with the ports and stevedoring teams to ensure that we have enough people on the ground.
I know that this is a very challenging time for everyone. Seatruck is just one part of the Irish Sea supply chain and it has been incredible to see how everyone has reacted to keeping goods moving and food on the shelves. A logistics industry that is often forgotten is now at the centre of everyone’s minds.
I’d like to thank everyone at Seatruck and our customers. I’d also like to thank everyone else involved in transport and logistics from the drivers and technicians, to the staff in the warehouses, to the people in the ports, the stevedores and of course the crew on all vessels including those of our competitors. And a massive thank you to the families that support you, being a transport family is never easy but is even more difficult right now.
Let’s keep those wheels and propellers turning.
I’ll provide a further update on Seatruck Ferries as things develop over the coming days.
Thank you all & stay safe.
Alistair Eagles – CEO Seatruck Ferries