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Port Windsor named Marine Industry Trusted Partner for COVID-19

Port Windsor is the first Port in Canada to be named a Marine Trusted Partner by the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

The Marine Trusted Partners programme sets out best practices put in place to protect ship crews, customers, service providers and the public from risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It covers preventive measures before boarding ships and prevention while onboard, as well as measures for managing a sick person on board.

The Chamber of Marine Commerce is in regular communication with federal government transport and health officials to ensure a coordinated approach that helps to protect employees and stakeholders who interact with the marine sector. We are providing our ship owners, ports and other members information on the latest measures and best practices coming from federal and provincial government departments here in North America and through the International Chamber of Shipping.
Chamber of Marine Commerce

From the beginning of the outbreak, Port Windsor has taken several measures to ensure its staff have up-to-date information and knowledge about the COVID-19 virus. Work arrangements were modified to allow staff to work from home where possible, or provided with enhanced protocols and PPE to protect them and other workers while performing their duties. The Port provided all operators with the most current information to protect port-side staff, and how to engage safely with visiting ships. Foreign ships coming into port are tracked continuously for the health conditions of their crew.

More than 800 masks were recently distributed to all persons who work in Port Windsor each day.

We are proud of our many operators who have made the health and safety of all workers in Port Windsor a priority. They have all taken steps to ensure that Port Windsor remains a destination of choice. This is more than about keeping the flow of essential goods and materials flowing, it’s about keeping our community safe.
Steve Salmons, President and CEO, Port Windsor

A recent audit by the Marine Chamber determined that the port has successfully implemented a full range of best practices for preventative measures and processes to provide a level of trust and confidence for those dealing with Port Windsor.

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COVID-19 Update: Business Continuity

COVID-19 Update to our Customers and Stakeholders
The spread of the COVID-19 virus is changing rapidly in Canada and globally. Just like you, we are monitoring new developments regarding COVID-19 closely.

Staff will tele-work from home for the duration of the COVID-19 health event to increase social distancing.

As a result, we are relying more on other resources to communicate, such as telephone, email, website and our social media channels.

Best contact can be found in the list provided below.
President & CEO: Steve Salmons – ssalmons@portwindsor.ca
Director of Finance & Administration: Lindsay Thiessen – lthiessen@portwindsor.ca
Director of Operations & Harbour Master: Peter Berry – pberry@portwindsor.ca
General Inquiries: Liz DiMenna – ldimenna@portwindsor.ca

For the latest local information on COVID-19, please visit wechu.org/coronavirus.
COVID-19 information and advice is also available through the Government of Canada website (www.canada.ca).

Note: Please call the main phone line, 519-258-5741, to arrange deliveries other than mail.

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Helping your business navigate COVID-19

How is COVID-19 affecting your business?

Port Windsor is part of the Windsor-Essex COVID-19 Economic Task Force, whose purpose is:

“In a timely manner, collect, coordinate and disseminate information on strategies, programs and other remedies that are available to mitigate the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the economic well-being of workers, entrepreneurs, businesses and the Windsor-Essex regional economy.”

Take the Regional Economic Impact Survey.

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Seaway opens for the 2020 Season

March 24, 2020 – The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 62nd navigation season today, with the transit of the NACC Argonaut through Lock 8 on the Welland Canal.

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Keeping you safe at work: Marine Sector Health and COVID-19

Please contact Windsor-Essex County Health Unit: https://www.wechu.org/ or call 519-258-2146 or 1-800-265-5822, should you need more information.

PDF: Keeping you safe at work

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Media Release: COVID-19

For the Windsor Port Authority, ensuring the health and well-being of Canadians, port employees, customers, and seafarers who transit through ports is the top priority.  As such, we are working closely with the federal government and the Public Health Agency of Canada to develop and adopt government-wide practices to help protect Canadians and visitors alike.  The important thing right now is making sure we slow down the spread of COVID-19 in Canada.  We support the government’s efforts and are working hard to do our part.  We take direction from the Public Health Agency of Canada on health-related matters, and Transport Canada on marine operations. We will continue to act appropriately as the situation evolves.

Read the full release:  2020 03 17 Media Release – COVID-19

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Port Windsor Acting Now to Prepare for Climate Change

Port Windsor is taking initial steps to prepare and fortify its waterfront harbour infrastructure against the impacts of climate change.

The Windsor Port Authority’s Climate Change and Risk Assessment Plan will identify the risks related to climate change and its impact on the current and future conditions of the port’s assets.

(L – R) David Diemer, Dillon Consulting Ltd; Steve Salmons, Windsor Port Authority President & CEO; Claire Sanders, Essex Region Conservation Authority; Irek Kusmiercyzk, MP Windsor-Tecumseh

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Port Leases Riverside Marina to Windsor Yacht Club in 60-year Deal

The Windsor Yacht Club has entered into a 60-year deal to lease and operate the Riverside Marina from the Windsor Port Authority commencing for the 2020 boating season.

“The Windsor Port Authority has always recognized the importance of marina services and access to the waters that surround us.  The Windsor Yacht Club has a proven record of delivering first-rate marina services.  We are confident that this new beginning for Riverside Marina will mean only a bright future for our customers, and the Windsor-Essex region.”  –Steve Salmons, President and CEO, Windsor Port Authority.

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Media Release – Prosperity Place – Sept 26, 2019

Port Windsor has unveiled the name of its new outdoor marine museum –

PROSPERITY PLACE,

in celebration of International Maritime Day.

Steve Salmons (Windsor Port Authority President & CEO), Hunter Kersey (Town Crier) and Peter Berry (Windsor Port Authority Harbour Master) celebrate the Official Opening of Prosperity Place.

The Town Crier called the children of General Brock Public School and the community itself to gather at this new destination for the official opening. Elders from the Walpole first Nation performed a smudging ceremony to purify the space and recognize the historic connection to this area by several first nations.  Literally anchored by an anchor, the new outdoor space is adjacent to the offices of Port Windsor in Old Sandwich Towne, and tells the story of marine trade and commerce for over 10,000 years at this very location.

The Town Crier called the children of General Brock Public School and the community itself to gather at this new destination for the official opening.

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Media Release – Prosperity Place – Sept 26 2019

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High Water Levels: 30 Meter Buffer Imposed along Windsor Shoreline

The Windsor Port Authority has authorized a temporary 30 day buffer zone of 30 meters for all motorized watercraft moving along the Windsor shoreline of the Detroit River. This means no motorized watercraft can operate within 30 meters of shore unless docking., ….

“We are dealing with historic high waters’ crisis, not a shipping issue. But still, by imposing a 30 meter ban we are asking all pleasure craft to be good neighbours and stay away from the shoreline property owners that are dealing with significant pressures”. Steve Salmons, President and CEO, Windsor Port Authority.

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