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RO-RO denied entry to Port of Halifax on COVID19 fears. Cargo & port ops normal

The Siem Cicero was built in 2017, sails out of Liberia and can carry up to 7,000 cars.

Halifax-bound vessel denied entry to the Port of Halifax by the Public Health Agency of Canada as some crew members displayed symptoms consistent with COVID19.

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – A Halifax-bound RO-RO (car carrier) has been denied entry to the Port of Halifax by the Public Health Agency of Canada as some crew members displayed symptoms that are consistent with COVID19.

The Siem Cicero is a cargo ship that left from Emden, Germany on March 9, with a load of cars. It was supposed to arrive in Halifax on March 20.

On March 17 the Public Health Agency of Canada says it was alerted that several crew members had symptoms “consistent with COVID19.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) says it made the decision to deny the ship’s entry to port under the Quarantine Act in order to “prevent the potential introduction of the coronavirus and to prevent supply chain disruptions at the port of Halifax.”

READ: Port of Halifax receives largest ship to date – Fighting to keep the cargo moving

The crew of the vessel, as well as the shipping agent, have been told they will not be allowed to enter port until 14 days after the last date symptoms appear in the crew.

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