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Bulk carrier with a coronavirus outbreak on board leaves Australia

Bulk carrier with a coronavirus outbreak on board leaves Australia

From its anchorage off Port Hedland, a Panama-flagged bulk carrier with a coronavirus outbreak on board has sailed and is en route to Manila , Philippines.

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The clearance for the departure of the Vega Dream was issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on Wednesday.

In line with its commitment to humanitarian treatment, the Western Australian Department of Health said it provided assistance to the COVID-19 positive team, but medical attention was not required and declined.

The Australian public health experts offered advice to the vessel regarding infection prevention and control prior to embarking on its voyage.

Australian health officials said on October 11 that a crew member was moved from the Vega Dream and taken to clinical treatment at the Hedland Health Campus. A positive COVID-19 test was returned to the crew member and it was said that he was stable and removed from the general hospital population.

The vessel is fully loaded with iron ore and the remaining 19 seafarers have stayed on board in compliance with normal maritime procedures and have not disembarked or had public contact.

Maritime Business World 

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