Australia

Update on crew COVID-19 cases in Western Australia

Authorities in West Australia have started a deep clean of the coronavirus-infected livestock carrier ‘Al Messilah’, which brought 25 positive cases in Fremantle port, earlier this week. Meanwhile, a total of 18 crew members onboard the Key Integrity bulk carrier have tested negative.

Second COVID-19 wave hits ships in Australia, New Zealand

Western Australia has reported COVID-19 cases onboard another two vessels that are currently docked at Fremantle Port. What is more, New Zealand also finds itself dealing with cases of the virus onboard ships arriving in its ports.

Australia concerned over COVID-19 cases onboard bulk carrier

Australian authorities informed that the Mitsui O.S.K. Lines bulk carrier Vega Dream has been permitted to sail from its anchorage off Port Hedland despite crew members being in isolation aboard the vessel after testing positive for COVID-19.

Unions condemn Australia’s ban of foreign cruise ships

The COVID-19 pandemic is already challenging the seafarers and passengers who are left onboard cruise ships in Australian waters, after the country decided to ban all foreign cruise vessels as soon as possible. In mid-march, Australia along with New Zealand announced the ban of cruise ships arrivals at their foreign ports to avoid the spread of the disease, beginning for 30 days.

26 people test positive for COVID-19 on Ruby Princess

A total of 26 people onboard the cruise ship Ruby Princess have tested positive for COVID-19, a Sunday update by NSW Health reads. In this regard, NSW Health authorities introduced an increased testing regime for cruise ships at the ports. 

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