Western Australia shifts South Australia to medium risk for Covid-19

Effective 12:00pm on Thursday 22nd July South Australia transitioned from a ‘low risk’ state to a ‘medium risk’ state under Western Australia (WA)’s controlled border regulations.

This means that travel from South Australia to WA is no longer permitted without approval (which will be granted only in very restrictive cases).

Meanwhile, the arrival of the BBC California (IMO 9402055) at Fremantle port, WA, from Indonesia on July 19th with half of its 14 crew members immediately testing positive for Covid-19 had raised general concerns about vessels arriving at WA ports via Indonesia (IMN July 21st).

The number of the crew members infected subsequently rose to 10.

Because there was an insufficient number of healthy crew members on board to operate the vessel safely, the vessel may have to stay at the port until the sick crew get better.

Two other vessels had subsequently also berthed at Fremantle following calls at Indonesian ports, with their crew members testing positive for Covid-19.

WA premier Mark McGowan said that the state government was examining how to deal further with this issue. There was a possibility of further restrictions being imposed on vessels which transit via Indonesia. McGowan has ruled out a shipping ban, but UK Club advised members to “take note of the current situation which has the potential of disrupting vessels’ voyages from or via Indonesia”.

2008-built, Antigua & Barbuda-flagged, 9,611 gt BBC California is owned by Fraternity Schiffahrts UG care of manager Liberty Blue Shipmanagement of Leer, Germany. It is entered with Standard Club (Old Europe division) on behalf of MS “Fraternity” Schiffahrts UG (haftungsbeschränkt) & Co KG.