Chemical tanker HARAPAN BARU arrived at Pulau Atlas, Samarinda, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on Mar 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.
If it’s not a madness, then what is? 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.
Chemical tanker HARAPAN BARU, IMO 9291171, dwt 6068, built 2003, flag Malaysia, manager MAY MARITIME SERVICES SDN BHD.