15 crew members of Maltese-flagged tanker test positive for COVID-19
Fifteen crew members on board a Maltese-flagged oil tanker screened COVID-19 positively, and two crew members were hospitalized but not in critical condition.
The information was confirmed by a spokesperson for the Antwerp Port Authority where Minerva Oceania is moored, to Offshore Energy-Green Marine.
The infected members of the COVID-19 crew are isolated in their cabins and are closely supervised and assisted by the shipping company in close cooperation with the Flemish health authorities and the Port of Antwerp authority.
The ship and its crew are expected to remain in quarantine at the Leopold dock in the port until at least Jul 4, when the situation is reassessed.
The total number of crew members that were deployed on the ship is 26.
The tanker is the most recent one on board to announce the virus outbreak. Two containership majors Hapag-Lloyd and Maersk have confirmed infections on board their ships over the last couple of weeks.
All crew members on board Hapag-Lloyd 's chartered container ship M / V Montpellier have completely recovered and tested negative for the COVID-19 virus, based on the latest report.
On the other hand, aboard Maersk's boxship Maersk Idaho, ten crew members screened positive, with nine mariners asymptomatic.
Maersk Line Ltd. said that relocation of the current crew to a quarantine facility will soon begin.
Maritime Business World