COVID-19 Update

Patrick Terminals COVID-19 Update

Last Updated: 5th August 2020

Patrick Terminals continues to closely monitor developments in relation to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and we are taking measures to help manage the risk of the spread of the virus, including full compliance with government directives. Patrick Terminals is committed to working to limit the spread of the virus.

All Terminals have in place Terminal specific COVID-19 Risk Management Plans to both manage risk and mitigate impact on operations. We will continue to update these contingency plans (where appropriate) in line with Government and subject matter expert advice as the situation unfolds. As an essential supply chain service, Patrick Terminals is subject to the full range of Government requirements relating to COVID-19. Much of the cargo that Patrick Terminals unloads is essential to keeping the wheels of the economy turning and the shelves of Australia’s stores stocked.

Patrick Terminals prides itself on providing market-leading service levels and will seek to mitigate any disruption to service levels as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Australian Government has implemented restrictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Non-Australian citizens and non-Australian residents are not permitted to enter Australia, via aircraft or sea vessel, unless an exemption applies.
  • All Australian citizens and permanent residents are prohibited from departing Australia unless an exemption applies.
  • All passengers arriving in Australia will be subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14-days at their first Australian destination unless an exemption applies.

The State Governments have announced different measures for their relative states including some restrictions on entering particular states. These changes do not impact the travel of ships between ports.

East Swanson Dock in Victoria has implemented the following COVID-19 controls in line with State Government mandated requirements:


Victoria has moved to stage 4 movement restrictions across Melbourne city. This means non-essential businesses have had to close with others operating in a restricted manner. Patrick Terminals is an essential service and continue to operate normally.

Currently, it is a legal requirement in Victoria for everyone to wear a face-covering at all times when they leave their home, no matter where they live.

In accordance with these regulations, Patrick Terminals requires all employees, contractors, and visitors to wear a face covering while visiting Patrick Terminals sites in Victoria.

Examples of face coverings include a range of items that cover your nose and mouth including but not limited to masks (reusable or disposable), bandana, scarf, face shield, snoods etc…

There are a number of lawful state-wide excuses for not wearing a face covering, these can be found on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website.

Face coverings are in addition to, and not a substitute for social distancing and hygiene requirements that are already in place. Please ensure that you continue to:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or hand sanitiser.
  • Keep 1.5 metres from others where practicable.
  • Utilise correct sneeze and cough etiquette.
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell and seek medical advice.

Patrick Terminals has placed the following measures in place in relation to COVID-19:

  • Restricted all business travel, both domestically and internationally, for all Patrick Terminals employees
  • Postponed all meetings and activities within the Patrick Terminals business that are not business-critical
  • Restricted visitors to only those invited by specific request to our sites and ask that all other visitors refrain from entering our sites
  • Increased cleaning and sanitisation across all locations in accordance with government guidelines
  • Provided and continue to provide educational material on hygiene and social distancing to all employees
  • Implemented social-distancing measures and processes for all employees and contractors
  • Terms of entry to each Patrick Terminals site have been updated and relevant authorised operational parties entering sites should refer to the specific details at each terminal
  • Requiring staff, contractors and visitors to wear masks in Victoria
  • Implementation of a Victorian-specific High-Risk COVID Safe Plan in accordance with Government directives

All Patrick sites have formulated workforce contingency plans to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our staff and operations, in the event that the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia worsens.

For further information on COVID-19, please refer to:

This page will be updated regularly as further information becomes available.