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Port of Cromarty Firth – Cruise Season Update

Due to the developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), there were no Cruise calls to Invergordon in 2020. The Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland and the Port Health Authority are taking proactive measures to mitigate against the impact of COVID-19 and are providing instructions for the Port of Cromarty Firth to follow. Efforts are now focused on securing the 2021 season and implementing protocols to keep everyone safe.


Port of Cromarty Firth Health & Safety Procedures

The Port of Cromarty Firth operates within the Transport industry and directly supports the Utilities industries (oil, gas, electricity and water), therefore our staff and activities are included in the UK Government’s ‘Key Workers’ classification. The health and safety of Port staff, Port users and the public is vital, whilst also minimising the disruption to our essential operations. Accordingly, the Port have been following the Port of Cromarty Firth Business Continuity Plan, and implemented effective measures in our offices, onsite and in the Firth.

The key health and safety measures which the Port has taken include:

  • Mitigating the risk to staff by reducing to core functions only onsite.
  • Non-essential visitors are not permitted to enter Port buildings.
  • Stringent cleaning practices are in place and continued awareness of the importance of good hand hygiene, face coverings and social distancing is being provided.
  • A contractor has been appointed in order to provide NHS compliant deep cleaning services, if required.
  • Strict Government maritime procedures for all vessels entering the Cromarty Firth have been implemented.

In light of global precautions for COVID-19, Port of Cromarty Firth have put in place safeguards to mitigate against the risk of COVID-19 entering the Cromarty Firth and the surrounding environment. The Port are following the instructions from Scottish Government, Public Heath Scotland, Port Health Authority and the World Health Organisation.

As Highland Council’s Port Health Authority is the regulating authority for communicable diseases (including COVID-19), they engage directly with the NHS and Scottish Government to follow and implement procedures under the World Health Organisation’s International Health Regulations to prevent the spread of diseases into the community. The Port will follow statutory guidelines and will assist in the Port Health Authority’s procedures.

The Port are closely monitoring new developments and our policies and procedures will be modified as necessary with the utmost consideration for the health and safety of the public, our staff, passengers and crew members.

View the Port’s COVID-19 Good Practices here: Port of Cromarty Firth – COVID-19 Good Practices

View the Port’s COVID-19 Contingency Plan here: Port of Cromarty Firth – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contingency Plan – PDF