COVID-19 Update #2
The impact of COVID-19 is affecting all of us around the globe. We hope that you, your family, friends and colleagues are safe and well, and are taking the precautions necessary to keep it that way. Together with our customers, we are working hard to keep operations going the best possible way.
We recognize that temporary measures taken to deal with the affects, like plant closings and temporary loss of work, impacts people’s lives and livelihoods, and our thoughts are with everyone affected.
To ensure safety for our employees we are taking every precaution to ensure safe working environments and social distancing through adjusting the work environment and processes following governmental guidance and best practices.
The Global Picture
Through the course of the Covid-19 pandemic we have stayed true to our preventative approach, working together with our stakeholders in taking the steps necessary to deal with this unprecedented situation. Our focus has been, and will continue to be, the safety of our employees and the community, and securing our operations to serve our customers in the best way possible as needs evolve.
We are now in a phase where we see our safety choices and cost saving measures coming into full effect. Our people are settled into new, safe ways of working, and whether on site or at home we are taking every precaution in line with government advice. The announced cold-lay ups of some of our vessels are proceeding according to plan, and other cost saving measures are in place.
We see indications of some European customers’ starting up, albeit with low volumes.
With more countries starting to plan the steps towards opening up bit by bit, we hope that we in not too long can start the recovery phase of this crisis together.
On the Ocean
Based on the forecasts received from customers we see a substantial drop in volumes compared to normal operations. Due to the extended lockdown periods and a slow reopening phase we expect this to last at least to the end of May. Due to this extraordinary situation, EUKOR will move into a reduced sailing schedule mode to match volume forecasts, meaning less frequency and longer lead time.
In Ports & Terminals
Operations: At the present time, all our regular ports of call and terminals are currently open and operational. We are seeing supply chain disturbances in the form of space constraints in many ports around the world and even stricter routines means entering the port may take more time than usual. Our staff members are committed to minimizing extra delays by handling cargo as safely and efficiently as possible.
Health Care: Our terminals have incorporated WHO, and other similar guidelines in line with the countries in which they operate. While these may vary, staff continues to share and adopt best practices on how to keep staff safe and facilities clean.
At our offices
Most of our offices around the world continue to open and operational and employees work to a significant extend from home or at offices in order to minimize health risk and ensure business continuity.
Your EUKOR contact will keep you updated on any specific changes that may concern you. It is equally important that we hear from you regarding changes in your business plans. This transparency will assist us in providing you with the best service possible. You can also always reach our customer care teams here.
We will continue to follow developments closely, keeping in close contact with customers and business partners, working to together for the best possible outcomes.