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PORT CALLS | Manila clears 2 cruise ships from China to dock
January 28, 2020 , 08:08 PM

JANUARY 28, 2020 — Authorities on Tuesday allowed two vessels from China to dock at the Port of Manila after quarantine officials declared hundreds of people aboard a cruise ship free from a deadly coronavirus spreading from a central Chinese city.

The two vessels, including a cargo ship, are now docked at Pier 15 in Manila’s Port Area, the coast guard said.

“Both vessels were cleared and declared safe by the Bureau of Quarantine during mandatory inspections,” the coast guard said in a statement.

The World Dream Cruise Ship, which came from Hong Kong, arrived on Tuesday morning with a total of 778 passengers on-board.

Coast Guard spokesman, Captain Armand Balilo said the ship did not directly come from any Chinese port before arriving in Manila.

Balilo said the cruise ship will skip Subic and return to Hong Kong next after the tour cancelled due to fears of 2019 novel coronavirus (NCoV) which had killed more than 80 in Wuhan City.

Another vessel, the cargo ship “MV Ligulao” was also “cleared and declared safe” to dock in Msnila.

However, the vessel’s 20-member crew were not allowed to disembark because they do not have a shore pass.

MV Ligulao came directly from the city of Lianyungang in Jiangsu, China, about 900 kilometers away from Wuhan City, ground zero of the novel coronavirus.

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