Crew member on board container ship at Fremantle Port tests negative for Covid-19

A crew member on container ship Kota Legit (IMO 9625413) has tested negative for Covid-19 following a boarding by Western Australia health officials on the evening of Saturday October 3rd. The officials had swabbed the man as a precaution after it emerged he had been unwell while at sea on the ship a few weeks earlier. The Kota Legit had left China on September 12th, stopping at Singapore on September 21st and Malaysia on September 24th before mooring at the Patrick terminal in Fremantle Port around dawn on Saturday.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said no other crew on board had reported feeling unwell. She said that “the crew member on the container ship, the Kota Legit, who was tested for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure, has returned a negative PCR test,” she said. “The crew member is not ill and no other crew members on board the ship have been reported with illness. The ship can re-commence activities and depart Fremantle to travel to its next port.”

Western Australia’s pandemic laws prevent crew on international vessels from disembarking their ship unless it is for essential vessel functions. All ship masters must also provide pre-arrival health and quarantine information that is checked by Australian authorities, before they can be granted clearance to berth.

2014-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 47,933 gt Kota Legit is owned by FPG Shipholding Panama 12 SA care of manager Pacific International Lines of Singapore. It is entered with Standard Club (Standard Asia division) on behalf of FPG Shipholding Panama12 SA.