Mattina’s Covid-19 positive crew members taken to hospital
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The container ship Mattina is held up at the southern port of Bluff after nine of its 21 crew members tested positive for Covid-19.
Two of the Covid-19 positive crew members aboard the Mattina in Bluff were transferred to hospital.
The container ship Mattina was detained at South Port this week after nine of its 21 crew members tested positive for Covid-19.
The Health Ministry confirmed that two of the crew members who tested positive were transferred to hospital on Wednesday morning for evaluation.
All infection prevention and control measures were in place, including the appropriate use of PPE.
“Officials, including public health, are now assessing whether the rest of the crew will remain on the ship throughout their quarantine period,” the ministry said.
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“The results of the additional crew tests will be communicated tomorrow. Southern DHB has plans in place for the proper management and treatment of any crew on board the vessel requiring hospital level care. “
The ministry expects to have more information on the source of these infections when whole genome sequencing is completed in the coming days.
The crew were tested earlier this week after informing health officials before their arrival that two of their members were showing flu-like symptoms.
A health ministry official said on Tuesday that eight of the nine positive crew members were showing symptoms, but were well enough to stay on the ship.
However, they would be closely monitored by the Southern District Health Board, and plans were in place if any of the men needed advanced medical attention.
Starboard maritime intelligence
Tracking data from Starboard Maritime Intelligence shows how the Mattina’s Covid-19 risk level changed on her journey to New Zealand, via Singapore.
Plans are also in place to relocate crew members to MIQ if this becomes a requirement.
During a press briefing on Wednesday, Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said the decision would be based on public health advice and depended on the health of the crew and their conditions. sleep.
The Mattima is the third foreign ship to arrive in New Zealand carrying cases of Covid-19.
The Viking Bay fishing boat arrived in Wellington last Monday and 16 of its crew have tested positive and have been placed in managed isolation in the capital.
Of the four crew members who remained on board, three returned positive tests on Sunday.
On Sunday, the fishing vessel Playa Zahara also saw 13 of its 18 crew members transferred to a managed isolation facility in Christchurch, after docking at Lyttelton harbor.
The NZ Merchant Service Guild, the union that covers port pilots, has called for mandatory testing for all crews arriving in New Zealand – whether they plan to disembark or not – to protect port workers who have had to embark on their ships.
Hipkins said on Wednesday that this would not be possible for all ships, as they may not have the capacity to do so, and it would be easier to let them pass through the country.
Anyone crossing the sea border is required to complete 14 days of managed isolation in New Zealand upon arrival, he said.
New Zealand Maritime Union National Secretary Craig Harrison said a recent spike in Covid-19 cases among crew members overseas is cause for concern for port workers.
New, more virulent strains of Covid-19 posed a threat, he said, urging port workers to exercise extreme caution.
Global shipping companies should do more to ensure international crews are vaccinated and tested, Harrison said.
Talk to Thinghe asked, “What are these companies doing rather than weighing on New Zealand?” It’s amazing they don’t do more, really.