The Jakarta Post
As many as 878 Indonesian crew members have been evacuated from the MVEurodam cruise ship by an Indonesian Military team at Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta.
In the first phase on Wednesday, 434 crew members disembarked, while the remaining 444 crew members disembarked on Thursday.
The Dutch-flagged cruise ship had departed from Singapore to Bali before heading to Jakarta. It anchored off about 2 to 3 nautical miles from the Jakarta International Container Terminal II (JICT II) at Tanjung Priok Port.
Authorities have not confirmed whether any suspected COVID-19 cases had been reported on board, but the team sprayed disinfectant on the evacuees as soon they disembarked at the port.
The crew members who disembarked on Wednesday were taken to a hotel in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, to undergo swab tests.
“They will follow the COVID-19 protocols, which include self-isolation and PCR [polymerase chain reaction] tests. If they test positive, they will be taken to the hospital. If they are negative, they will be allowed to go home,” said operation leader Brig. Gen. Hermanto, as quoted by Tribunnews.com on Wednesday.
The crew members who disembarked Thursday were taken to two different hotels, Antara reported.
The Eurodam was the 15th cruise ship the government has evacuated crew members from during the pandemic.
Thousands of Indonesian crew members have returned home since the COVID-19 pandemic hit countries across the globe. Many of the cruise ships that employed them have halted operations because of the health crisis, some of which were hot spots for the virus.
As of Wednesday, 23,297 Indonesian crew members had returned from 30 countries, arriving in Indonesia through five entry points in Jakarta and Bali.