Ships cancelled

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley has closed Busselton Jetty to all cruise ships under government recommendations.
Camera IconCity of Busselton mayor Grant Henley has closed Busselton Jetty to all cruise ships under government recommendations. Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times

The City of Busselton have cancelled all cruise ships scheduled to dock at Busselton Jetty amid the COVID-19 Crisis.

The World, Queen Elizabeth, Sapphire Princess and Insignia where all due to dock in Busselton between now and May 25.

Mayor Grant Henley said that all cruise ship bookings to Busselton were in abeyance until further notice under advice from the State and Federal Governments.

“This is a sensible outcome and one we were pre-emptive in implementing some time ago to protect the wellbeing of our community,” he said.

“We look forward to welcoming back these visitors in safer times."

The announcement comes as Southern Ports at Bunbury, Esperance and Albany implemented an epidemic and pandemic action plan.

Measures described in the action plan include; reviewing business continuity measures and commencing work from home, introducing social distancing measures such as travel bans and split rostering, increasing cleaning resources and schedules, encouraging good hygiene, limiting face to face processing; and reducing shared equipment.

In a letter to stakeholders Southern Ports chief executive Steve Lewis said the measures would help ensure vital freight and supply chains remain open for as long as possible.

“The global situation is rapidly changing, and we are facing new guidelines and requirements on a daily basis,” He said.

“Our priorities during this time are to protect and support our staff and port users, protect our communities and to support the WA freight task and economy.”

A 14 day on-board at sea isolation periods for cargo vessels from international ports continues under government recommendations.

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