Container ship MSC LAUSANNE coronavirus fears victim. UPDATES.
Feb 26: Container ship is probably, having problem with her next port of call on schedule, Ashdod, Israel. One of ship’s crew was recently in South Korea and 14 or 27 day incubation period didn’t yet expire. It was enough for Ashdod Port Authority to reportedly, deny or postpone ship’s docking in port. The crew including seaman in question are healthy in all respects, the the ship already traveled half of Europe with no problems whatsoever, but it doesn’t convince Ashdod officials. Trading companies already sent letters and requests to Israel industry association, asking association to assist, and allow the ship to dock in port. A lot of goods they expect and count on, may finish up in limbo. Final decision is to be made by Ministry of Health.
The ship undocked Lymassol Cyprus, early in the morning Feb 26, her next port of call being Ashdod, ETA Feb 26. She anchored at Lymassol anchorage, and as of 0500 UTC Feb 26, remained at anchor.
Feb 27 UPDATE: As of 0800 UTC Feb 27, the ship remained anchored at Lymassol anchorage, apparently waiting for Israeli authorities decision either to allow her to dock at Ashdod and offload containers destined for Israel, or conditions she will have to comply with in order to be cleared, or whatever. It’s insanity. Preventing coronavirus is becoming more harmful and dangerous, considering lockdowns consequences, than coronavirus.
Feb 28 UPDATE: The ship left Lymassol anchorage in the afternoon Feb 27, arrived at Haifa anchorage and was brought to anchor at around 0300 UTC Feb 28. Port of destination was changed, when the ship will be berthed for cargo operations, is yet unknown. As nowadays, almost everywhere around the globe, Haifa port and anchorage are packed with ships, berthed and waiting their turn.
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