Shipping and coronavirus monitor: Hainan; Indonesia; Brazil

Hainan Island, China
Hainan Maritime Bureau implemented strict screening procedures for all ferries arriving at Hainan Island ports. 25 ro-pax ferries in the evening Jan 26 were held in quarantine areas for a thorough medical check of passengers and crews. Tourist boats sailing are banned, no exceptions.

Indonesia
Authorities of Central Kalimantan Province, southern Kalimantan, Indonesia, implemented a medical screening in quarantine zone for all ships, especially those arriving from China. Designated quarantine zone is 2 nm offshore, understood it concerns mostly or exclusively, ships, bound for Kumai port, Kapitan river.

Brazil
Santos Port Authorities, Brazil, on Jan 26 were alerted by rumors about possible coronavirus infection on board of bulk carrier KM SINGAPORE (IMO 9479321, dwt 80559), triggered off by ship’s crew wearing masks and gloves. Medical check didn’t find any trace of any disease, let alone coronavirus. Crew wear masks and gloves due to harmful character of working conditions.
Paranagua Port Authorities Brazil were also alerted on Jan 26, also by rumors on possible coronavirus infection on board of bulk carrier GREAT PRAISE (IMO 9324655, dwt 52424), berthed at Paranagua since Jan 22. Medical check was carried out, crew came out clean.

Comment:
Incidents in Brazil may be considered as forewarnings on possibility of hyped rumors and fears. Probably, Captains and crews should be more careful and considerate in their everyday activities while in ports, with the understanding, that absolutely normal actions under normal circumstances may be found as suspicious in times of general public’s pandemic fears. The outcome may be very negative, from unnecessary medical checks to delays.

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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.