Coronavirus (COVID 19) Information

July 13, 2020 UPDATE

We continue to closely monitor developments regarding COVID-19. As always, protecting the safety and health of port staff and our port partners are top priorities for the Galveston Wharves.

We are implementing measures to ensure the health and well-being of employees and visitors. In response to coroa virus, the port has increased the use of virus and bacteria-killing disinfectants, additional cleaning of its facilities including restrooms, and increased deep cleaning to “high touch” areas like handrails, escalators, elevator buttons and restroom doors.

Health officials continue to emphasize the risk to the public and that people should continue to follow proactive preventative procedures including washing hands frequently and staying home if possible.

This pandemic is a fluid situation and we continue to work closely with various federal, state and local agencies and officials to follow their recommendations and to share updates, guidance, and information on what actions need to be taken.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the first case of COVID-19 in the United States on January 21, 2020.

Port officials will provide updated information when received. 

ACTIONS 
Under current circumstances, the U.S. Coast Guard, CDC, Galveston County Health District, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, have absolute authority during any public health incident, including issues related to any infectious disease. These agencies dictate the protocols, and the port follows them.

ACTIVITY
The Galveston Wharves at the Port of Galveston remains open for business.  Port operations are normal for inbound and outbound vessels.

The Galveston Wharves Administrative office continues to be open with employees diligently working remotely from home to stay safe, while the Galveston Wharves Police and Security, Construction and Maintenance, and other essential personnel continue to work on the waterfront while taking protective measures.

The next Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28 at 10:00 AM.  The meeting will be available for live stream viewing and public input. To watch the meeting online click on the link https://www.portofgalveston.com/68/Watch-Meetings-Online

The U.S. Coast Guard has regulatory authority to control and/or deny all vessel “Notice of Arrivals” transiting to U.S. Ports.  All passenger and commercial vessels that have arrived or are expected to arrive at the port are in compliance with the current policies, procedures and guidelines of the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CARGO
We continue to move cargo at our terminals while taking all precautions necessary to protect workers during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Cargo business is continuing strong with record revenues for the first quarter. 

CRUISE
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) announced that ocean-going cruise lines will be voluntarily and temporarily suspending cruise ship operations from U.S. ports of call as public health officials and the U.S. Government continue to address COVID-19. To read more click on the link https://cruising.org/news-and-research/press-room/2020/march/clia-covid-19-toolkit

Cruise lines have temporarily suspended service through:
Carnival Cruise Lines - September 30, 2020 
Disney Cruise Line-  September 14, 2020
Royal Caribbean Cruise LineSeptember 16, 2020

You may notice cruise ships anchored offshore, or coming into the port for short
stops to pick up fuel and supplies. All mariners, including all crew members from
any commercial ships, or as directed by Customs and Border Protection, must stay on board their vessels.

STAYING HEALTHY 
Public health officials recommend personal hygiene and frequent hand washing as the best way to prevent illness.

  • Remain home if  you are sick 
  •  Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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RESOURCES

Check the following resources for up to date information on COVID 19:

American Association of Port Authorities

CDC Coronavirus    

Cruise Lines International Association

Galveston County Health Distric

State of Texas Department of Health 

US Coast Guard

US Customs and Border Protection

Carnival Cruise Lines

Disney Cruise Line

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line