No more cruise ships to dock in Subic in next two months, says SBMA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 28) — The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) said that no more cruise ships will dock in Subic in the next two months following the spread of novel coronavirus.

“Right now there’s no need to ban them because there’s nobody coming. They have already cancelled, all the ship liners have already given us feedback that they are not coming from February until March,” said SBMA chairperson and administrator Wilma Eisma on CNN Philippines Newsroom.

The statement came after the mayor of Olongapo City appealed to SBMA to temporarily stop accepting cruise ships until the virus is contained.

Earlier, the Philippine Coast Guard cleared the World Dream Cruise Ship from Hong Kong, which carried over 700 passengers and was supposed to proceed to a trip to Zambales tonight.

Another ship declared safe, “MV Ligulao” from Lianyungang, Jiangsu in China arrived on Monday and was set to leave Tuesday afternoon.

READ: Bureau of Quarantine OKs arrival of China, Hong Kong cruise ships in Manila – PCG

Eisma said that the World Dream Cruise Ship will go back to Hong Kong instead after a meeting with government officials and the Genting Cruise Lines, the company that owns the said ship.

“ [The World Dream] Cruise Ship decided it would be best for everybody to go back to Hong Kong instead of heading to Subic,” she said.

There are no confirmed cases yet of the coronavirus in the country.