Viking Sun Denied Permission to Dock in Semarang

   March 5, 2020 ,   Accidents

The Norway-flagged cruise ship Viking Sun was denied docking in Semarang (Java Indonesia) on Thursday, March 5, amid coronavirus fears, as some passengers are suspected of carrying COVID-19.

According to Police Commissioner Samsu Wirman, chief of local police, the vessel, with ~1600 tourists on board, was located 1.5 nautical miles away from the port. He revealed that the Semarang city regional police commander had ordered them "to communicate with the port authority to not allow this cruise ship to dock."

Head of the Semarang city health agency Mochamad Abdul Hakam said that a team of the health office of Tanjung Emas Port had been deployed "to conduct medical checkups of all passengers."

In case the team finds a condition with the people under observation, all guests would be kept on the cruise ship. As an emergency measure, the agency had prepared a medical team at the cruise port that is ready to take such actions in the event of travellers disembarking and requiring immediate treatment.

For other Viking Sun accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.