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Port of Salalah goes paperless to contain spread of coronavirus

19 Apr 2020

Following the government’s directive to reduce physical contacts to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country, Port of Salalah announced that it had gone completely paperless with regard to its operations.

In a notification posted on its website, the port said, ‘We will not be accepting any paper delivery orders effective April 15, 2020.’ Giving details about various steps taken by the port to become paperless, Port of Salalah said that the e-delivery order upload solutions have already been implemented and activated at the port.

For a majority of shipping lines, a file transfer protocol (FTP) system has been set up, where shipping lines can upload the PDF version of delivery orders, and port officials can also assess it, the notification said.

Besides this, the port authorities have also made it clear that they have stopped accepting cash for any services offered by them and have instructed all the stakeholders to utilise the electronic payment platform only. And for collecting original bills, the port has arranged a safe Dropbox with a view to minimise physical contacts.

Giving details about other measures taken by the port to comply with government orders, Port of Salalah said they have asked majority of their staff to operate from home.

‘The gate team at Port of Salalah has been equipped with personal protective equipment to mitigate the risk of virus transmission,’ Oman Logistics Center (OLC) said in another notification posted on Asyad’s website.

OLC said the port also encourages their customers to use the gate round the clock in order to reduce the number of visitors during the peak hours and there is no additional charge for using the gate at night.

 

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