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Locals threaten anchored tanker on COVID19 fears – prevent unloading of cargo

FILE PHOTO: HARAPAN BARU tanker

PortandTerminal.com, March 25, 2020

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – A chemical tanker in Indonesia has been prevented from offloading its cargo by locals who fear that the vessel’s crew will infect them with COVID19.

The chemical tanker HARAPAN BARU arrived at Pulau Atlas, Samarinda, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on Mar 10, with cargo of bitum.

The ship has remained anchored since its arrival and unable offload her cargo since arrival. There have been strong protests by locals who are worried that because “the ship arrived from Singapore, where there’s an outbreak of virus, and therefore, may be contaminated”.

In a similar incident in Samarinda, locals demanded that a tanker move away from the port, or if not, they would cut the anchor chain.

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