DNV GL verifies Portsmouth International Port’s infection risk protocols

Portsmouth International Port is the first UK port to achieve a readiness statement against the DNV GL My Care methodology.

The assessment of the port’s infection risk protocol assures passengers that robust infection risk control measures are in place. It covers passenger facing activities including the terminal building, security control, car search bay, shuttle buses, passenger boarding bridge and public gardens.

Andrew Williamson, passenger operations manager at Portsmouth International Port said: “Our aim was to give passengers confidence that the new preventative measures we have put into place are of the highest standard, and to highlight the benefits of international travel by sea. This verification from DNV GL provides further reassurance about the efforts we are taking to keep them safe. The whole port has worked together to make sure we can carry operations with the highest level of care.”

The My Care™ methodology applies a hospital grade infection risk management approach. It brings together aspects of DNV GL’s healthcare standards, best practices in risk management, HSE and quality management systems and maturity safety rating standards.

Says Aileen Orr, Business Assurance’s UK Healthcare Lead in DNV GL, “The port demonstrated that it has a well-considered approach to managing infection risk. Due attention has been given to the latest international and local guidance along with relevant industry bodies such as the British Ports Authority (BPA). This demonstrates the Port’s willingness to take the necessary steps to make their passengers’ journey as safe and comfortable as possible. Of particular note was the partnership working with the operators sailing from the port to ensure consistency in managing infection risk”.