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Thailand denies Westerdam cruise ship entry

Thailand denies Westerdam cruise ship entry

LAEM CHABANG: Thailand will not allow a cruise ship from Japan to let passengers disembark at the Laem Chabang port, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today (Feb 11).

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By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 09:22AM


The Westerdam cruise ship docked at Port Everglades in Florida in April 2007. The vessel will not be allowed to disembark passengers at the Laem Chabang port on Thursday (Feb 13). Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The Westerdam cruise ship docked at Port Everglades in Florida in April 2007. The vessel will not be allowed to disembark passengers at the Laem Chabang port on Thursday (Feb 13). Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Mr Anutin posted a short Facebook message saying he has directed authorities not to allow the Westerdam ship to dock in Thailand.

The Bhumjaithai Party leader is the deputy prime minister in charge of transport.

The message was posted after the operator of the vessel announced yesterday (Feb 10) the ship will let passengers off at the deep-sea port in Chon Buri on Thursday (Feb 13), Kyodo News reported.

The vessel carrying 1,455 passengers, including four Japanese nationals, and 802 crew members was scheduled to enter Naha Port in Okinawa prefecture on Saturday (Feb 8). But following Japan’s order, the plan was cancelled.

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DeKaaskopp | 11 February 2020 - 19:48:21

@ goldwing ! Your figures are complete nonsense. If you cite figures from other news outlets,at least you should give the correct numbers.About 100.000 Chinese still in Thailand, only a few thousand from Hubei. 

goldwing | 11 February 2020 - 14:21:49

But they allow 100,000 Chinese from Hubei to enter the country

CaptainJack69 | 11 February 2020 - 13:32:31

What a strange article. Presumably this is something to do with the Corona-virus? A little explanation would be nice.

Kurt | 11 February 2020 - 10:18:17

Singapore has now 40+ coronavirus patients. The island is on 3rd level of medical alert ( it has 4 levels). Still passengers ships load weekly passengers in Singapore and cruise to Patong bay.  But the Westerdam, already quite a while at sea, is not allowed to disembark in BKK, despite the fact there are no coronavirus patients on board. Do I miss something?

Kurt | 11 February 2020 - 09:48:24

Weird, First allowed ( ship already passed Vietnam underway to BKK), now refuse. Ship has medical staff on board. Has until now no virus patients! But cruise vessels can land weekly thousands of passengers at Patong beach, and flights with Chinese from China are coming in at Phuket all the time.

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