One more mega container ship, this time MSC LAUREN, was caught with two crew “positive tests” at San Antonio, Chile, right after arrival from Callao, Peru, on Jan 14. All the usual routine – PCR tests, the ship’s to move to Valparaiso anchorage, for “quarantine”. On Jan 12, GUAYAQUIL EXPRESS was knocked out of service by just one positive antigen test, has been moved to Valparaiso, and was put under “quarantine”. MSC LAUREN is the latest in a series of 4 ships, disabled by Chilean health authorities during last 11 days (two mentioned above plus MSC BRANKA and MT ARICA)– a record probably, worth of Guinness?
On the other side of the world, meanwhile, in Greenock UK, MSC feeder MSC SAMIRA III crew returned positive lateral flow tests, plus two of the crew experiencing severe symptoms of whatever, it wasn’t specified.
MSC LAUREN is something of a pet for Chilean medics – she is caught in quarantine second time, first time (same port, same everything) in Sep last year, with just one positive test.
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