PortandTerminal.com, May 21, 2020
ROTTERDAM – On May 16th we reported on the ongoing saga of the LEXA Maersk as it was about to arrive at the Port of Rotterdam with suspected cases of COVID-19 onboard.
Earlier in May the vessel had to interrupt her voyage and call on Charlotte Amalie, US Virgin Islands, to medevac an ill seaman with fever symptoms. A government statement at the time said the man was suffering from “respiratory distress”. The ship had been refused entry into Puerto Rico.
Since arriving at the Port of Rotterdam on May 18th, Dutch medical personnel have performed COVID19 testing on the ship’s crew and confirmed that 5 of them including the captain are indeed infected with the virus. Currently, none are in critical condition but crew members all isolated and the vessel has been placed under quarantine.
The ship was carrying refrigerated containers of fruit so there was pressure to offload the cargo. Understandably though there were worries amongst longshoremen at APM Terminals about the risk of handling the cargo. Maritime Bulletin reports that the ship’s cargo has now all been offloaded.
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