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NEAS enhances safety measures for Arctic sealift

IQALUIT, NU, / KUUJJUAQ, QC — The NEAS Group has announced new enhanced safety features for essential summer sealift, marine cargo, containers and traditional community resupply services available for valued customers across Canada’s Eastern and Western Arctic, Polar and Remote High North regions for the upcoming 2020 sailing season.

For the summer sealift 2020 season, NEAS introduced new and enhanced customer cargo drop-off and pick-up procedures. Adhering to all available COVID-19 regulations and guidelines while working with authorities, NEAS new safety and security provisions are to enhance protections and reduce risks for NEAS team members, customers, and the public on land and at sea.

 “People, community and service is our essential business,” says Suzanne Paquin, President and CEO of The NEAS Group. “Safety is always our top priority at NEAS, season after sealift season.”

 Each step of the NEAS sealift operations has been reviewed to enhance safety and security protections. “At NEAS, we understand that our employees, customers and communities are at the front line,” says  Ms. Paquin. “We are here to deliver our essential services for local communities, peoples, families, businesses, stores, construction companies, mining, research and military installations across Canada’s Arctic.”

A new NEAS Touch-free buffer container will be used for customer pick-up and cargo sign-off. By minimizing levels of contact and adhering to safety protocols, NEAS is taking steps to mitigate risks in the safe and reliable delivery of essential cargo and local resupply operations. All local cargo discharge and marine operations above the high-water mark are to be contactless and respect physical distancing of at least two meters.

Other features: 1. All community resupply operations will be autonomous, including sanitary facilities, accommodation, and food provision. 2. No shore leave is permitted for the ship’s crew. 3. Physical distancing must always be respected, and interaction between NEAS and community customers and visitors will be strictly limited to essential services. 4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be used by NEAS when outside vehicles and the NEAS office, if physical distancing is not possible. 5. No visitor or customer will be allowed in the NEAS office. 6. Signature of cargo manifests and other documents will take place in a contact-free NEAS Buffer Zone Container. Customers must bring and sign with their own pen. 7. Loading lateral and retrograde cargo will include sanitization procedures for any vehicle and machinery.

After listening to customers, NEAS has introduced the NEAS “MINI” container, a new 10 ft container to ensure maximum handling efficiency and reductions in loss and damages. This new NEAS service is cost-effective and environmentally sustainable. (NEAS vessel photo at Port of Valleyfield).

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