Puerto Bolívar, La Guajira, May 20 of 2020

Mayor of Uribia: “We can tell Colombia and the world that Cerrejón is a responsible company”

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The mayor of Uribia, Bonifacio Henríquez, and officials from his Office of Health and Office of Public Works, visited Cerrejón’s installations in Puerto Bolívar, where they verified the safety measures and controls that the company has been implementing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

“With this visit to Puerto Bolívar, I can attest and tell Colombia and the world that Cerrejón is a responsible company and meets the protocols to restart its operations. We have seen a very responsible company regarding everything that is going on in the world with the COVID-19 pandemic. I have observed, point by point, all the measures taken and have seen that they are complying with the indications of the central government”, affirmed Bonifacio Henríquez, mayor of Uribia.

Since January 28 of 2020, before the central government declared the quarantine, the operations in Puerto Bolívar activated the Port Health Protocol, which provides guidelines for developing and executing a response plan for COVID-19, including the stipulations of the national authorities.

In the Puerto Bolívar operations, Cerrejón implemented from the start of the pandemic strict, rigorous biosafety controls that have been recognized by the maritime authority. All Port Authority employees were trained by Cerrejón’s Division of Health and Safety to improve their knowledge of general concepts regarding the disease and measures to prevent infection. There are no personnel suspected of being sick at the Puerto Bolívar installations or on the vessels docking, and there is a specific protocol to counter the risk of COVID-19 infection from vessels”, commented Juan Carlos Consuegra, vice president of Cerrejón.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and the need to reduce the possibility of infection amongst our workers, family members, and the general public, Cerrejón temporarily slowed down operations and centred on ensuring the effectiveness of the controls and recommendations issued by government agencies so as to be able to re-establish operations to continue contributing to the well-being of the department of La Guajira and its economic stability.