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.
Port Windsor has issued locally sourced, and locally produced, face masks to all 846 port workers to assist them in doing their part to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“We could have easily sourced the masks online, but it was important to Port Windsor that the masks support local companies, and local workers. After all, they are for our local workers in the Port of Windsor who continue to support our local economy throughout this COVID crisis.”
Steve Salmons, President and CEO, Windsor Port Authority
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 – email@example.com
Director of Finance & Administration: Lindsay Thiessen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Operations & Harbour Master: Peter Berry – email@example.com
General Inquiries: Liz DiMenna – firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Please call the main phone line, 519-258-5741, to arrange deliveries other than mail.
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.
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
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.