17 Crew Members Aboard MOL’s Bulker Test Positive For Coronavirus

Seven crew members deployed on MOL’s Capesize bulker Vega Dream have tested positive for COVID-19, the Japanese shipping company confirmed.

The 2010-built vessel, manned by 20 crew members, arrived in Port Hedland, Western Australia, on October 3, after carrying out a crew change at the end of September.

MOL said that among the infected seafarers, one crew member boarded the ship on August 13 and six crew members boarded Vega Dream on September 24, which is the latest crewchange for the vessel.

One seafarer has been isolated at the Hedland Health Campus, and the remaining six with no symptoms are isolated onboard.

The other thirteen crew members, also showing no symptoms of COVID-19, have tested negative, MOL said.

“All crew members have boarded in compliance with the Department of Transportation in the Philippines, Protocol for Crew Change and Repatriation, as well as being quarantined and tested negative in the Philippines prior to joining the vessel,” MOL pointed out.

The bulker berthed in Port Hedland on October 10, and completed cargo operation on October 11. Vega Dream has currently unberthed