The Port of King’s Lynn is continuing to bring in thousands of tonnes of cargo, keeping the supply chain going during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Owner and operator ABP has asked employees to work from home where possible, but many of those directly involved in handling goods are designated as key workers and go to work every day to keep goods moving which are vital to the UK economy.
There has been a busy start to the month with the port already welcoming nine ships, carrying 25,000 tonnes of cargo.
This follows a stable performance in March, when the port handled 20 ships, carrying more than 40,000 tonnes of cargo.
It included 28,000 tonnes of agricultural cargo of which 25,000 tonnes were exports from Norfolk including malting barley, feed wheat and feed barley.
Cargo handled on behalf of the Norfolk farming community also included imported fertiliser and potash, which are key inputs for the agricultural sector.
Andrew Harston, regional director for Wales and short sea ports, who is also responsible for Lynn port, said: “I really want to thank our great colleagues across ABP’s nationwide network, who have continued to handle ships at this difficult time.
“I am always proud of the job they do, now I feel prouder than ever.
“It is massively important that as we continue operations, we do so safely, following the latest social distancing, PPE and health and safety advice as outlined by the government.
“This means that we can continue to handle goods safely and play our part in helping as many companies as possible stay in business, so that the economy can recover once this crisis has passed.”