PCG al­lows cruise ship to dock in Manila

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - By ROBERTZON RAMIREZ

Amid the novel coro­n­avirus dis­ease 2019 (COVID-19) scare, the Philip­pine Coast Guard (PCG) con­firmed it had al­lowed a cruise ship from Ja­pan to dock at a port in Manila on Thurs­day to re­fuel “for a few hours.”

Capt. Ar­mand Balilo, PCG spokesman, said the cruise ship Spec­trum of the Seas was al­lowed to dock at the Manila South Har­bor af­ter it se­cured clear­ance from the Bureau of Quar­an­tine (BOQ). The ship was sup­posed to leave at 5 p.m. yes­ter­day.

Balilo pointed out that they did not al­low any pas­sen­gers and crew to get off the ship.

“There’s a crew, there are pas­sen­gers, but they were not al­lowed to dis­em­bark. The ship was al­lowed to dock be­cause its pur­pose was

for bunker­ing only,” he said in Filipino and English.

The PCG of­fi­cial added that no in­spec­tion by gov­ern­ment per­son­nel was made on­board the ship.

As far as the BOQ clear­ance is con­cerned, it was is­sued based on the con­di­tion that the ship was only to dock for re­fu­el­ing and none of its crew or pas­sen­gers would dis­em­bark.

“There’s no report if any­one on board was sick at the time, be­cause no one was to get off. There was no un­to­ward report on the pas­sen­gers,” Balilo said.

ERNIE PEÑAREDOND­O

The cruise ship Spec­trum of the Seas from Ja­pan is docked at Manila South Har­bor for re­fu­el­ing yes­ter­day.

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