Peljesac Bridge: New Ship from China Carrying Parts to Arrive in Ploce

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 23rd of February, 2020, a ship carrying parts and segments of the steel span structure for Peljesac bridge, which departed from China for Croatia on January the 25th, 2020, is scheduled to arrive in Ploce today.

This information was confirmed to Vecernji list from Croatian roads (Hrvatske ceste) and the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), the main contractor for the construction of the long awaited Peljesac bridge in Dalmatia.

There are no Chinese workers aboard the ship who would be remaining in Croatia following its arrival, only the ship’s actual crew members. CRBC said that there were a total of 22 crew members on board the ship due to arrive in Ploce and that they were all healthy.

The Institute for Public Health of Dubrovnik-Neretva County says they have not yet received the announcement of the arrival of the ship from China to the marina on Sunday. Dr. Miljenko Ljubić, Head of the Department of Epidemiology, explained that when the ship arrives at the Port of Ploce, it will undergo full border police control and then border sanitary inspection.

The crew members will all be interviewed and asked if they have had any of the symptoms of coronavirus infection in the last fourteen days and they will be put under medical supervision if the need to do so arises. The ship’s route from China ran across Singapore and the Suez Canal to Croatia’s Ploce habour. The sailors will have spent almost a month on the ship prior to their arrival in Croatia, and it should be noted that the incubation period of coronavirus lasts for fourteen days.

A total of 29 segments and parts for Peljesac bridge are expected to be delivered to Ploce, making up the first contingent of the steel span structure of the future structure, with the installation of the bridge’s structure scheduled to begin in March.

According to Croatian roads’ data, the shipment includes the base segments of the central pillars which will be in the sea and the individual segments of steel span structure intended for the lateral part of Peljesac bridge.

Segments of the steel span structure for the bridge are being manufactured at two plants in China that have recently been temporarily closed due to coronavirus. As they explained from CRBC, production was temporarily halted at these factories for the safety and protection of workers.

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