Three Deaths And Positive Tests Upsurge In Shipping. Why?
A crew member of container ship LOG-IN POLARIS (IMO 9852365, capacity 2700 TEU, flag Brazil) was hospitalized on Mar 16 with covid symptoms while the ship was in Amazonia, Brazil, and 3 days later died from viral pneumonia, according to death certificate. He and 5 other crew were tested positive. All other crew remained healthy, the ship underwent quarantine, resumed her voyage and reached port of destination Manaus on Apr 5.
A 63-year-old Filipino crew member of bulk carrier VITA FUTURE (IMO 9697870, dwt 81938, flag Liberia) was hospitalized at Santos, Brazil, on Apr 5, and died on Apr 12, he was tested positive, but no details of his death were given. He died and he was tested positive for covid. The rest of the crew are healthy. The ship was moored at Santos early Apr 2, taken to anchorage on Apr 4, and as of Apr 15 remains anchored at outer Santos anchorage, being under quarantine.
Bulk carrier FLORINDA (IMO 9423499, dwt 58600, flag Marshall Islands) arrived at Santos on Apr 4 to be loaded with sugar, Ukrainian crew member was hospitalized with covid symptoms, the rest of the crew remaining healthy. The ship was taken to anchorage and put under quarantine until Apr 22. Ukrainian seaman has reportedly, recovered from whatever illness he has.
There’s an ongoing upsurge of positive tests among crews worldwide, including recent (ongoing) cases of tanker and laker in Canada.
Chief Officer Fell Into Bulk Carrier Hold, Died, Atlantic
Chief Officer of Turkish bulk carrier DS SOFIE BULKER died after he fell into a hold, while supervising hold cleansing works, said ship’s owner DRAMAR DENIZCILIK. Tragic accident occurred on Apr 12, bulk carrier is under way in the Atlantic, en route from Matadi, Democratic Republic of Congo, to Brazil.
Vietnamese Freighter Sank In South China Sea, 1 Missing
General cargo ship KHANG ANH 189 issued distress signal and shortly after, reportedly sank in South China sea at around 2100 UTC Apr 14 (0400 LT Apr 15), some 30 nm south of Vung Tau, Vietnam, while en route from Haiphong to Southern Vietnam. 10 crew were rescued, 1 is missing.
APL 10,000-TEU Container Ship Sunk Fishing Boat, Assisted Crew, 3 Dead 9 Missing
Indian fishing vessel Rabbal or Rabbah was struck by passing cargo ship and sank at around midnight Apr 12 in Arabian sea some 42 nm off Mangaluru, Karnaka State, southwest India. Cargo ship in question is container ship APL LE HAVRE, en route from Singapore to Nhava Shiva India. Contrary to what media initially said, the ship didn’t sail away, but turned back and assisted fishing vessel’s 14 crew. 5 crew were rescued, of whom 3 had died being already on board of APL LE HAVRE. 9 are missing SAR is under way, APL LE HAVRE understood to be back under way after relieved from SAR, as of 1000 UTC Apr 13.
General Cargo Ship Aground, Bozcaada, Aegean Sea
General cargo ship BANU S ran aground on rocky coast of northeast Bozcaada island, south of Bozcaada Port, in the morning Apr 16, while en route from Marmara to southwest Turkey. As of 0530 UTC Apr 16 the ship was aground with no tugs in sight yet. Reportedly, grounding was caused by steering failure.