Viking Sun is Expecting the Permit to Dock in Bali
The steps to anticipate the spread of the Coronavirus in Bali are taken seriously. One of them is delaying the docking permit for Viking Sun Ship, which is planned to arrive to Benoa Harbor on March 8.
The ship carrying 848 tourists and 460 crew has previously been rejected to lean in Tanjung Perak port in Surabaya and Tanjung Mas port in Semarang.
Current delay was initiated by Bali Governor Wayan Koster and Mayor of Denpasar I. B. Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra, on Friday (6/3). This delay will also be applied to other cruise ships that have stopped in COVID-19 affected countries.
"We agreed to temporarily delay the arrival of cruise ships to Bali for the convenience and security of the people of Denpasar and Bali in general," said the Governor of Bali.
Bali Governor Wayan Koster said that his party was still considering opportunities for the ship to lean on the Benoa port.
"Not refusing but delaying it's arrival until we get certainty of health," explained Koster.
Koster explained, he gave strict procedures that would be carried out by the port authority including the health team from the Province of Bali.
"Yes (disembarkation of passengers). We postponed it until it will be clear, everybody will be inspected - all healthy passengers or signs of being unwell will be checked first before entering Bali," he said.
The plan is that the Viking Sun ship will be in Bali for two nights. Now the team will continue to conduct monitoring until later permitted to dock and disembark passengers.
It was found that there were two people on the ship showing coronavirus symptoms, that suffered from fever, cough, running nose and had a history of traveling to visit New Caledonia and Australia.
So the passengers on the ship will go through procedures that are carried out by the port authority and the Bali Provincial health team. They are only allowed to disembark in Bali if they will be declared healthy.