Six of the 23 crew members aboard bulk carrier Vega Rose (IMO 9336866), which was anchored off Metro Vancouver, were reported to have tested positive for Covid-19. All of the affected crew members have been transferred to a federal quarantine site, and Transport Canada is monitoring the situation. The captain of the ship apparently began experiencing a sore throat and stomach pains shortly after arriving in the waters of British Columbia on September 2nd. He tested positive for Covid-19 on Sep 3. The International Transport Workers Federation was notified about the potential infections. The ship was berthed at Deltaport for five days with a sealed gangway to prevent people from boarding or disembarking. Two foremen wearing full protective gear had some limited contact with the vessel. On September 8th the ship shifted to Vancouver anchorage.
2007-built, Panama-flagged, 30,847 gt Vega Rose is owned by Rosex Co Ltd care of manager Osaka Asahi Kaiun Co Ltd of Osaka-shi, Osaka-fu, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Kobe office in charge) on behalf of Rosex Co Ltd.