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GPHA suspends cruise vessels heading to Ghana

By Justice Kofi Bimpeh
Cruise vessels
Cruise vessels

The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) has yesterday suspended all cruise vessels from entering Ghanaian waters and docking at our ports.

This is aimed at making sure the spread of the Covid-19 is controlled.

General Manager Marketing and Corporate Affairs at the GPHA, Esther Donkor in a radio interview monitored by primenewsghana.com said the new directive has been communicated to stakeholders at the port.

Giving reasons for the decision, Esther Donkor said cruise vessels come in with a lot of people who will later be transported to the various tourist sites endangering the country.

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He added that on daily basis school children and other organisations visit them and all these activities have been put on hold to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

"We are suspending cruise vessels because they come with a lot of people and then normally they have to be bused by travel and tour agencies to go to various sites, as for the cargo vessels we have not taken any action on their suspension yet. We are also suspending tours to our ports, we have a lot of school children and organisations visiting our port on a daily basis."

On measures being taken to contain any case of suspected Covid-19, she said the separate anchorage area has been designated as an isolation place for any suspected case.

"All the vessels coming we have the anchorage quarantine area where you will not come into the port proper and the necessary checks will be done."