Bulker temporarily quarantined in Chennai

Bulk carrier Magnate (IMO 9320269) was briefly quarantined at Chennai, India, after two Chinese crewmembers displayed symptoms of a mild fever. The incident received national press coverage.

Chennai Port Trust said that the bulker had arrived in Chennai on February 18. She had called at Chinese ports but had completed a mandatory 14-day minimum waiting period for arrivals from China before berthing. After she docked, the port’s health team boarded the vessel and conducted examinations of all crewmembers. Two individuals displayed symptoms of mild fever, and they were transferred to isolation.

The ship was then locked down in quarantine, with no access from the shore side and a prohibition against disembarkation.

On Wednesday February 19th the public health team returned to obtain blood samples from the crew. The samples were sent to Kings Institute of Preventive Medicine at Guindy, with the results coming back negative on Wednesday night, reported Business Line India.

The vessel would be allowed to unload her cargo, but health officials said they would continue to monitor the crew until her departure. 2004-built, Panama-flagged, 11,751 gt Magnate is owned by Magnate Maritime SA care of manager Wisdom Marine Lines SA of Taipei City, Taiwan. ISM manager is Well Shipmanagement & Maritime of Taipei City, Taiwan. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Magnate Maritime SA