World News – UA – WA threatened by «  COVID-19 hotspot  » ships


Western Australia will continue to be at risk from ships arriving from coronavirus hotspots, shipping union warned

The state has been forced to devote significant resources to tackling the COVID-19 epidemic on the bulk carrier Patricia Oldendorff off Port Hedland

There are also a dozen crew members in quarantine at the fenced Hedland Hotel and 10 of them have tested positive

Maritime Union of Australia says ships are arriving at WA ports from COVID-19 hotspots after as little as six days at sea

It says ships should be required to stay at sea for at least 14 days before docking in WA ports

« The WA government has placed its trust in an unreliable quarantine system which has led to the infection of 17 seafarers and a near miss for the people of Port Hedland, » said the national president of the MUA, Chris Cain

« It is not enough to simply rely on seafarers to quarantine their homes in an overseas coronavirus hotspot or to ask the captain of a ship to declare any crew member ill »

The WA government is reviewing the testing protocols in place when the Patricia Oldendorff left the Philippines and may charge the vessel operator for a fee

The ship, carrying 20 Filipino nationals and the captain, is anchored eight nautical miles off the northwest coast of WA

Authorities are confident the infected crew will make a full recovery and the ship, which needs at least 13 fit crew members to set sail, will depart by October 10 at the latest

« There are at least two that are recovered, two or three more should be recovered. Once they are all fully recovered, they are expected to return to the ship and send her off. »

Western Australia, coronavirus, health care, Mark McGowan

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