COVID-19 outbreak: Tanker quarantined in Antwerp

MV Minerva Oceania. Credit: FERRO, DANIEL

More than half the crew onboard a tanker have tested positive for COVID-19 and  the vessel has since been quarantined in Antwerp, Belgium, the port authority confirmed on 25 June.

The Maltese-flagged Minerva Oceania will be quarantined until at least 4 July, while 15 out of 26 crew members who tested positive self-isolate in their respective cabins. The rest of the crew will also remain onboard while the vessel is anchored at the Leopold dock in the Port of Antwerp.

Two of the 15 seafarers are in hospital but, according to a spokesperson from the Port of Antwerp, their condition is not serious.

According to IHS Markit AISLive ship tracking portal, the vessel travelled to Antwerp from Ras Laffan port, Qatar.

Another outbreak was reported after 17 crew members from two Russian vessels that docked in Busan, South Korea, tested positive to COVID-19, on 21 June. Following the news, South Korea’s Ministry of Health announced on 24 June that all Russian ships that call at the country be quarantined for 14 days.