Operations at Dakar Port kept at optimum yet safe levels
DP World Dakar is working hard to keep trade flowing in Senegal through this vital port so that essential goods, such as food and medical supplies can get through, while ensuring strict health and safety measures are in place to protect employees.
Terminal staff are working in rotation, with half the team onsite and half working remotely. The regional team at DP World Middle East and Africa in Dubai has been collaborating with the management of DP World Dakar, as well as all port stakeholders.
The port serves as the modern and preferred hub for West Africa, generating significant value for the Senegalese economy and for businesses around the region.
Since early February, 170 containers filled with pharmaceuticals and personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical professionals were handled through the terminal.
Clarence Rodrigues, Chief Executive of DP World Dakar, said: “Although we have only a few hundred confirmed cases in Senegal to date, we have seen the devastating effects of COVID-19 in other countries around the world. We have applied strict social distancing measures at DP World, to slow the spread of the disease.”
In addition to the existing requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) within the port area, the terminal is providing face masks and hand sanitiser to all employees.
The food outlet has been closed and instead, all employees currently receive packed meals.
DP World Dakar also regularly provides many tonnes of food for over 5,500 vulnerable students, studying at Koranic boarding schools located all over Senegal.