COVID-19 Scare: Chemical Tanker Denied Cargo Off-Load

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  • Chemical tanker Harapran Baru is anchored since arrival and can’t off load her cargo, because of coronavirus fears.
  • In Samarinda, locals demand to move tanker someplace downstream away from port, or if not, they’re threatening to cut off anchor chain.
  • There’s no information on infected crew on board, and in any case, tankers are least connected to shore vessels and as such, are the least imaginable bio threat.

Locals threaten anchored chemical tanker on corona fears, reports Mikhail Voytenko for Maritime Bulletin.

Tanker denied to offload cargo

Chemical tanker Harapran Baru arrived at Pulau Atlas, Samarinda, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on March 10, with cargo of bitum. The ship is anchored since arrival and can’t off load her cargo, because of coronavirus fears.

Tanker sailed from Singapore and was to offload cargo, all or part of it, in Pare Pare Sulawesi, Indonesia, but was turned off by strong locals protests, because “the ship arrived from Singapore, where there’s an outbreak of virus, and therefore, may be contaminated”.

The same story repeats itself in Samarinda, locals demand to move tanker someplace downstream away from port, or if not, they’re threatening to cut off anchor chain.

No info on crew

There’s no information on infected crew on board, and in any case, tankers are least connected to shore vessels and as such, are the least imaginable bio threat.

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Source: Maritime Bulletin

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