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Crew of nine Thais placed in quarantine after disembarking from LPG vessel

Jun 02. 2020
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By THE NATION

A crew of nine Thais on the LPG Schumi ship were allowed to disembark at Phuket Port and have been lodged in mandatory state quarantine after the captain of the vessel received permission to enter the country and offload the nine whose work contracts expired, Dr Onnapat Kowanich, head of the port’s Quarantine Station, said on Monday (June 1).

“The nine Thai nationals needed to get off the ship since last week, after it arrived at Phuket from Myanmar,” he said. “After disembarking, the crew was transported to government-specified quarantine facilities to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine to prevent the spread of Covid-19.”

Onnapat said the ship is an international LPG transporter owned by a Thai businessman but registered in Panama.

“There are a total of 17 workers and all passed thermal scanning for fever and saliva testing for Covid-19 while the ship was anchored in Thai waters. The nine Thais are in good health and in high spirits and said they were glad to finally step ashore on home soil,” he said.

“The crew had been on the ship for seven months to a year and had not disembarked at any port since the Covid-19 outbreak,” Onnapat added.

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