Westerdam Cruise Ship Refused Permission To Dock In Thailand

Published on 11th February 2020 by Stickboy BKK

Westerdam Cruise Ship Refused Permission To Dock In Thailand

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul made a brief statement on Tuesday morning stating the shunned Westerdam cruise ship will not be allowed to dock in Thailand, despite reports to the contrary made by the operators of the vessel.

Holland America Line made a statement on Monday that Thailand had granted permission for the Westerdam to dock at Laem Chabang in Chonburi on Thursday allowing passengers to begin their journey home on flights from Bangkok.

The cruise was previously scheduled to disembark Feb 15 in Yokohama, Japan but was refused permission due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

There are no reported cases of coronavirus onboard ms Westerdam and there is no quarantine in place.

The vessel, carrying 1,455 passengers and 802 crew members, was scheduled to enter Naha Port in Okinawa on Saturday but following Japan’s order, the plan was cancelled.

It has also been denied debarking in Manila and Guam.

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

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