In a bid to prevent probable spread of coronavirus, all crews of foreign vessels berthing at Tanjung Priok Port are prohibitted to get-off from the vessels, the port operator the state-owned Indonesia Port Corporation II (IPC) has urged.
The increased precautionary measures also stipulated that a crew change would only be allowed after all crew members undergo an observation period and are given clearance by the Port Health Authority, the company’s president director Arif Suhartono said.
“All foreign cargo vessels docking in IPC ports will be thoroughly checked. The policy doesn’t apply only to Chinese vessels, as the COVID-19 has spread to more than 60 countries,” he said in a statement released late last week.
Foreign ships that sought to dock in Tanjung Priok Port were also required to file an online report of the vessel’s last 10 ports of call, Arif said.
The agents of the foreign vessels were required to provide a letter signed by every captain indicating that no crew members suffered from pneumonia, he said, adding that the letter should be submitted at least 48 hours before the vessels wanted to moor.
”Foreign cruise ships, in particular, are allowed to dock, but all of the passengers must be checked and obtain a permit from local authorities if they wish to disembark to go on tours,” Arif said.
The IPC would also increase its monitoring of Indonesian vessels, especially of passengers from Batam, a city in Riau Islands province neighboring Singapore, which has recorded dozens of COVID-19 cases.
Last week, the Jakarta International Cargo Terminal (JICT) in Tanjung Priok Port briefly halted operations on Friday to conduct health inspections as a captain of a foreign ship, the CMA CGM Virginia, that was docking at the port showed symptoms of COVID-19 infection.
“The CMA CGM Virginia captain has been brought to the port’s hospital. So far, there is no evidence that the captain has been infected and his condition is improving,” Arif said.
The ship sailed from the JICT on Friday at 10 p.m. after receiving clearance from port authorities