Several crew members on board container ship Maersk Idaho (IMO 9193264) have tested positive for coronavirus. The ship arrived in Newark, New Jersey, on June 19th. US subsidiary Maersk Line Ltd said that a crew member of container ship was admitted to hospital after exhibiting symptoms consistent with pneumonia. The crew member subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 and remains hospitalized in a stable condition.
Maersk Line Ltd said that “the vessel captain reported that the mariner had not been ashore since joining the vessel in mid-April. Prior to knowledge of the mariner testing positive for Covid-19, the vessel had departed for Norfolk (Virginia) where it has taken a position at anchorage outside the port.”
Maersk Line Ltd then coordinated with the US Coast Guard and port authorities for medical testing of all the crew. The Maersk subsidiary said that “at this time, all crewmembers have been tested and nine members have asymptomatic positive results and have been notified accordingly”.
Maersk Line Ltd said that it would soon begin evacuation of the current crew to a quarantine facility.
The 4,658 teu vessel would then undergo deep-cleaning. A new crew will be placed on board. The company also plans to commence the port call to conduct cargo operations.
Maersk Idaho was previously known as Gosport Maersk. She arrived in the US from Bremerhaven, Germany
2000-built, USA-flagged, 50,698 gt Maersk Idaho is owned and managed by Maersk Line Ltd-USA of Norfolk, Virginia, USA. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Maersk Line Ltd.