Coronavirus: Ships arriving from Korea and Japan equated to arriving from China

Hai Phong City and Port authorities on Feb 25 made important decisions which will negatively impact international shipping. They designated quarantine zone berths in port, to handle ships while they’re not yet fully cleared. It means generally, that the crew won’t be able to go ashore, and will have to remain on board. What’s more important, is the decision to include in the list of potentially dangerous from virus ships all the ships which arrive not only from China, but also, from South Korea and Japan. Only Vietnamese crew members will be allowed to disembark, subject to 14-days quarantine. Seamen of all other nationalities will remain on board, unconditionally. It’s quite a headache and problem not only for crews, but for all other involved parties, from agents to crewing and ship management.
There’s a high probability of other Vietnamese provinces, and what’s worse, other countries in the region, to take up Hai Phong lead and implement the same measures.



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