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Dry bulker crew members test positive for coronavirus

Nine seafarers on a Wisdom Marine bulker were sent to hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus. Local health committee says they are in a ‘stable status’

The vessel left Kanda in Japan on July 23 and reached Zhoushan three days later

SEAFARERS on a handymax dry bulker have tested positive for the coronavirus at the Port of Zhoushan, according to a statement by the local health authority.

Customs and testing officials boarded Panama-flagged Bunun Glory earlier this week having received an infection alert from the ship agency.

Four of the 19 crew members had positive results after nucleic acid tests, although they showed no symptoms. Another five tested positive for their IgM antibodies.

The nine seafarers are now being monitored in a hospital, while the rest remain on the ship.

The Zhoushan Heath Committee said the status of all the crew members was “stable”.

Lloyd’s List Intelligence data shows the 37,046 dwt bulker, which is still anchoring in Zhoushan, is owned by Taiwan-based Wisdom Marine Lines.

The company has been approached for comment. 

The vessel left Kanda in Japan on July 23 and reached Zhoushan three days later.

Last month, the committee reported that a Russian crew member on a Marshall Islands-flagged ship was tested positive after arriving at the port.

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