Philippines Coast Guard says captain evaded quarantine measures

The Philippines Coast Guard is reported to have detained bulk carrier Harmony Six (IMO 9133288) after the captain allegedly gave false information about the ship’s last port call in China.

Because of the outbreak of Covid-19 the Philippines requires vessels arriving from China to wait for 14 days – either during the transit voyage or at anchor off the port – before entering a Philippines port to either load or offload cargo.

The master of the Harmony Six has been accused of misrepresenting the date of the vessel’s departure from China in order to enter the Philippines after only six days at sea.

The PCG said that Harmony Six had left Changzhou on February 18th, allegedly turning off her AIS the following day. The AIS signal was said to have resumed on February 23rd, by which time Harmony Six was in Philippines waters. The Philippine authorities noted the sudden reappearance and investigated.

Vietnamese national Captain Luu Van Loi allegedly told officials that the vessel departed China on February 10th. On the order of PCG Commandant Admiral Joel Garcia, the vessel was detained at Poro Point, Luzon, and the Philippines

Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) boarded to examine the crew.

“The agency continues to exert all possible efforts to uphold maritime safety and maritime security at major ports of entry in the country by ensuring the strict implementation of guidelines and preventive measures against Covid-19,” said PCG chief of operations Rear Adm. Ronnie Gil Gavan in a statement Thursday.

1996-built, Panama-flagged, 17,255 gt Harmony Six is owned by Harmony Six Shipping Co care of manager Feng Sea Shipping Pte of Singapore. It is entered with North of England Club on behalf of Feng Sea Shipping (currently incorrectly listed on Equasis as being with American).