Ramu Nico Restricts Ship Entry
RAMU NiCo have reaffirmed that all ships coming in directly from China to its refinery in Basamuk, in Madang are quarantined.
The company said this while refuting claims by Madang Governor Peter Yama that the refinery’s wharf in Madang is allowing ships to come in directly from China after the outbreak of COVID-19.
In response, the Ramu NiCo said since the outbreak, all ships are spending 14 days at Lae Port for quarantine, custom and medical checks before reaching Basamuk wharf in compliance with the National Government directives.
Company said this was consistent with the National Government’s directives and despite been costly they are have no choice but to comply with Government’s instructions given current circumstances.
The management said all PNG Customs officers based at Basamuk have withdrawn their services following the rapid outbreak of Coronavirus and all checks are done in Lae and no direct shipping service exist between Basamuk and China or other countries.
They said they were equally concerned with the outbreak and the magnitude of Coronavirus spreading, thus took immediate measures by stopping Chinese staff travelling starting from since February.
The restriction measures have also been imposed on other expatriate employees travelling from other countries.
Those who were on their field break were told to stay in their respective countries until the situation returns to normal,” the company said.
“We will not compromise the health of our staff and the local communities we deal with.
We want to make it clear that we put a temporary stop to our fly-in-fly-out staff and there are no direct shippings from China or any overseas countries to Basamuk wharf," the company said in a statement.
The company said as a stakeholder in Madang, they want to work with the Provincial Government on any strategies to accommodate the situation. Continue reading at https://postcourier.com.pg/ramu-nico-restricts-ship-entry/ | Post Courier