Russian seafarers test positive for COVID-19 in Dalian

Port of Dalian. Credit: Southern Cross Maritime

Two Russian seafarers have tested positive for COVID-19 after their ship arrived in Dalian, China, from Vladivostok, Russia. These incidents were two of three imported cases that were confirmed in China’s Liaoning Province on 9 July 2020.

The provincial health commission in Liaoning said that the two Russian male seafarers, aged 47 and 57 years, are among the crew of a ship, whose name was given only as Zaliv XX. The commission said that the ship had departed Vladivostok on 28 June, arriving in Liaoning’s main port, Dalian, on 2 July.

IHS Markit’s AISLive data shows that Zaliv Prostor, an 8,746 dwt reefer ship, arrived in Dalian at about 11 pm on 2 July. As of 7 July, the vessel remained anchored in Dalian No 1 Quarantine Anchorage.

In accordance with the government’s regulations that COVID-19 tests be conducted on all seafarers on ships arriving from overseas, Dalian customs officials boarded the ship on 5 July and carried out nucleic acid tests on the crew. Positive results were returned from two of the crew members.

A subsequent test done by the Dalian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention on 8 July also confirmed the result. The two seafarers were then sent to a COVID-19 centre in Dalian for quarantine and treatment. The ill seafarers are said to be in a stable condition.