Kaohsiung Requiring All Port Workers to Get Tested 高雄港設多處篩檢站 未篩不得進入港區

Tighter disease prevention measures have been implemented around the Port of Kaohsiung on the first workday after the Lunar New Year holidays. Meanwhile, the maritime industry is worried about port operations being heavily affected as harbor pilots are being recalled for testing.


Cargo ships can't enter the harbor without the guidance of harbor pilots. On the 6th, a harbor pilot at the Port of Kaohsiung tested positive. Many in the shipping industry are worried that harbor pilots will be ordered into quarantine en masse, affecting port operations.

Hu Yen-chang, Chair, Pilot Association:"The number of available harbor pilots will go down if quarantine orders are issued. This could slow operations to a crawl at the Port of Kaohsiung or even paralyze it."

Kaohsiung currently has 37 harbor pilots and seven intern pilots. Port operations were not affected on the 7th. The city is recalling harbor pilots for testing, along with the crews of transportation boats that carry harbor pilots. 

Harbor Pilot Transport Boat Crew Member:"After (the harbor pilot) tested positive, we've all been asked to go get tested. (Did you get tested already?) Yes. (Are you scared?) Yes." 

The city is also asking harbor and shipbuilding workers to get tested in the next two days. Workers that haven't been tested will not be allowed to enter the port.

 

 

貨船從西子灣方向緩緩駛進高雄港,這些要進港的貨船都要有引水人上船引導,但高雄市府6號證實有一名引水人確診,引起海運界擔心,若有其他引水人確診或遭匡列隔離,恐怕會使人力短缺,影響調度、甚至高雄港的運作。

中華民國引水協會理事長 胡延章表示:「其他引水人再被匡列的話,那引水人可能就 人數就會減少,可以工作的人數就會減少。那你減少的人,量再大一點的話,那幾乎高雄港就會,可能就會變得很慢,或者是甚至停擺都可能。」

高雄目前共有37名現職引水人、7名見習引水人,7號高雄港維持運作,持續有商船、漁船入港;而市府這兩天陸續將引水人召回篩檢,為確保安全,負責載引水人的交通船人員也都去篩檢。

引水員交通船工作人員表示:「你現在那個(引水人)確診之後,我們這邊也都一起去篩檢。(你也篩檢完了?) 都篩完了。(會怕嗎?) 會啊!」

除了引水人,高雄港7號起也設置多個篩檢站,要求港區及造船廠等相關人員,要在兩天內前來做篩檢,沒篩檢者不得進去港區,就希望開工後,高雄港群聚不會再擴散。

 

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