DURBAN: Transnet has confirmed that 14 people aboard an Indian ship, which docked at the port of Durban, have tested positive for Covid-19.
A spokesperson for Transnet said the chief engineer of the vessel Eaubonne was born at the port of Durban on Sunday and died of a heart attack.
“The Philippine crewed vessel was on a 17-day direct voyage from India to the port of Durban and as a condition for the next port of call all of the vessel’s crew were tested for Covid-19 and authorized.
“Upon arrival at Durban port, as a standard precautionary measure, all crew members were tested and 14 of the crew tested positive for Covid-19. The entire vessel is currently in quarantine at the port of Durban, in accordance with Covid-19 regulations, ”Transnet said.
As part of the Covid-19 protocol, monitoring and tracing of crew contacts is underway.
Transnet said the ship is currently on lockdown and port health has tasked a crew to board and check crew members.
The Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) is responsible for ensuring that all ships calling at the port have been cleared by the competent state bodies, namely port health, migration, MRCC and customs, before entering or leaving the port.
The health department is on high alert, following a positive case of Covid-19 from a traveler, who recently arrived in South Africa from India. The patient was treated at a private medical facility based in Durban.
India has passed 20 million confirmed cases of Covid-19. The country continues to struggle with a second wave of the pandemic.
14 crew members aboard an Indian ship, moored at the port of Durban, tested positive for Covid-19
Source14 crew members aboard an Indian ship, moored at the port of Durban, tested positive for Covid-19