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Jordan: Crews of ships carrying Chinese cargo denied entry, pending inspection

Christian Fernsby |
The Jordan Maritime Commission has prevented the crews of ships carrying Chinese goods from disembarking in the port of Aqaba, according to Director General of the Commission Mohammad Salman.


All government and private companies, including navigation agents, have been instructed to inform the commission of their ship's arrival date two days before approaching regional waters in order to give the commission time to take public health and safety precautions before the ships reach the Kingdom's docks, Salman said in a statement made available to The Jordan Times.

The commission, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, has worked to install a number of thermal imaging devices to inspect the crews of ships arriving in Aqaba, Salman said, noting that the crew of every ship entering the Kingdom's territorial waters is subject to a physical examination by an experienced medical staff.

When any abnormal symptom is detected, the ship is prevented from lining up on the docks and remains in territorial waters until a confirmation of clearance is issued for all of its crew members.

Jordan currently has commercial exchange agreements with China, with the recent cargo ships arriving at the Aqaba Port carrying more than 15,000 containers, Salman said.

All cargo containers have stopped in several ports of other countries en route to the Kingdom, with some coming from cities in China, however, no confirmed infection of the virus has been detected so far.

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