Jakarta: The Nunukan Seaport authorities have tightened watch on a Panama-flagged vessel currently docking off the port's pier to load coal to be transported to mainland China amid the ongoing concerns over the spread of covid-19.
The foreign cargo vessel has been under surveillance since its arrival on Saturday, March 14, 2020, Head of the Nunukan Seaport Authority Syarif Bustamin said in a press statement that made available to ANTARA in Nunukan Regency, North Kalimantan Province, on Monday, March 16, 2020.
The seaport's health workers had checked the body temperature of the ship's 20 crew members showing that it remains normal, the official said, adding that this Panama-flagged vessel s docking off a site called "loading point 2".
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In February, the authorities in West Papua Province had also taken precautionary measures due to the planned arrival of a Chinese cargo vessel in Manokwari.
Referring to the local customs and excise office's information, the Chinese vessel was to load cements at the port of PT SDIC-Papua Cement Indonesia's cargo terminal, according to Head of the provincial administration's Legal and Human Rights Office Anthonius Ayorbaba.
To this end, the Manokwari customs and excise officials coordinated with related authorities to deal with the ongoing concerns caused covid-19 outbreak, he said, adding that the cargo ship only carried crew members. (Antara)