A total of 818 cruise ship crew members from Nieuw Amsterdam and Carnival Splendor arrive at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta on Friday. (Antara Photo/Dhemas Reviyanto).

More Than 800 Indonesian Cruise Ship Crew Members Arrive Home

BY :THRESA SANDRA DESFIKA

MAY 29, 2020

Jakarta. The Transportation Ministry and the National Covid-19 Task Force facilitated the repatriation of 818 cruise ship crew members at Jakarta's Tanjung Priok Port on Friday.

According to Capt. Wisnu Handoko, the ministry's sea traffic and transportation director, 418 crew members sailed on the Nieuw Amsterdam from Cape Town, South Africa, and 400 crew members sailed on Carnival Splendor from Brisbane, Australia.

"When the crew members arrived, we didn't immediately conduct the Covid-19 rapid test because they were quarantined on the ship. The port officers only checked their luggage using an X-ray, and they were transported to the hotel prepared by the Covid-19 Task Force," Wisnu said on Friday.

After the crew members arrived at the hotel, he continued, medical tests were carried out, including swab tests by a team from the Health Ministry following the Covid-19 health protocol.

"When test results come back negative, the crew members will be put in self-isolations at the hotel for 14 days. If the results came back positive, the Covid-19 Task Force would send the patients to the makeshift hospital at the athletes' village compound in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta," Wisnu said.

Furthermore, he revealed, a total of 20,042 crew members spread across 154 cruise ships will continue to be facilitated by the government.

Currently, the government has formed a special task force dedicated to the repatriation of cruise ship crew members consisting of the Transportation Ministry, Health Ministry, Foreign Affairs Ministry, Indonesian Migrant Worker Protection Agency (BP2MI), The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investation Affairs, Finance Ministry, Indonesian Military, National Police and the related regional governments.

Wisnu said the government had selected three ports, Tanjung Priok Port, Batam Port and Benoa Port, to facilitate the return of cruise ship crew members.

"In June, several cruise ships, including the Westerdan, Volendam, Eurodam, and Carnival Conquest, will arrive at Tanjung Priok Port," he said.

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