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Covid-19 Plagued Subic Container Port Remains Busy Despite 29 Workers Infected

(Above) This afternoon (August 26), the heavily-loaded container ship SEASPAN NEW YORK is assisted by tugboats as it leaves the port of Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC) here in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, as minutes later, AS CARLOTTA (below), arrives from Xiamen, China and is guided to port to unload and load cargo. The SBITC port, despite having the distinction of having the most number of Covid-19 positive workers with 29, remains among the busiest in the Freeport. Ships from China, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, among others, frequent the port while truckers from all over Luzon haul the containers to their final destinations, and bring back empties, as required. SBITC and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) have adopted measures to contain the virus to avert the need for a total shutdown that will adversely impact most businesses not only in Subic but elsewhere in the country, as well. SubicBayNews photos by Vic V. Vizcocho, Jr.

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