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Ten Viking Bay crew members now in quarantine on ship at Queens Wharf

News from Ministry of Health
Ten crew members are now in quarantine onboard the Viking Bay fishing vessel at Queens Wharf in Wellington following crew members from managed isolation being transferred back on board the vessel once it was determined safe for them to do so.

The crew members are continuing to be tested during their quarantine.

Ten crew members remain in isolation onshore in a Wellington managed isolation facility.

News from Ministry of Health – July 23
Four crew members remain in quarantine onboard the Viking Bay fishing vessel at Queens Wharf in Wellington. The crew members are continuing to be tested during their quarantine.

A comprehensive safety plan has been developed and the risk to port workers and the public is deemed low.

The remaining 16 crew members remain in quarantine in a Wellington quarantine facility onshore, with plans underway for those who have completed their required 14 days of isolation to leave managed isolation.

News from Ministry of Health – July 18
There are 10 new cases of COVID-19 in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities – this includes three of the four Viking Bay mariners who remain aboard their ship which is quarantined at Queens Wharf in Wellington.

Welfare and health checks are being carried out daily, and plans are in place should any of them become unwell.

News from Ministry of Health – July 16
Four crew members remain in quarantine onboard the Viking Bay fishing vessel at Queens Wharf in Wellington. The crew members will continue to be tested during their quarantine.

The remaining 16 crew members remain in quarantine at the Grand Mercure Wellington quarantine facility onshore.

The crew member who was transferred to the onshore quarantine facility on Tuesday night after becoming unwell has returned a second negative test.

News from Ministry of Health – July 14
One of the remaining five crew members aboard the Viking Bay quarantined fishing vessel became unwell last night and, out of an abundance of caution, he was transferred to the on-shore quarantine facility in Wellington.

The transfer of the crew member was done with the appropriate precautions in place and following advice from the local regional public health service. The crew member had previously returned a negative test result, and a further test will be taken today with the result expected late today.

Sixteen crew have now been transferred to the onshore quarantine facility.

The four remaining crew members aboard the Viking Bay, who have returned negative test results to date, are expected to undergo COVID-19 testing as per the normal sequence for close contacts of a case. These crew will have a day-0 test, a day-five test, followed by a day-12 test during their 14 days of isolation.

The vessel’s owner and agent provided a dispensation to the vessel to have only four crew on board to meet minimum safety requirements. Contingency planning is underway for any further changes in crew numbers. Port authorities, and the shipping agent, advise the Ministry that ongoing maintenance of the vessel will be undertaken while it is berthed in Wellington. The required maintenance does not require anyone to go onboard.

The Ministry of Health can confirm that whole genome sequencing from 12 of the crew aboard the Viking Bay shows they all have the Delta variant of COVID-19.

These 12 results demonstrate that the variants are all linked, though these cases are not genomically linked to the first case on the vessel, which also had the Delta variant. None of the current cases are linked to any other confirmed cases in New Zealand.

Source inquiries will be undertaken, however the finding around the Delta variant is not unexpected. It reinforces the importance of the precautions taken in transferring crew to the quarantine facility in Wellington.

MBIE advise that the Viking Bay mariners are on separate floors, and have their own fresh air and smoking areas, and a separate lift to move in while at the quarantine facility. These mariners are in rooms by themselves and are expected to follow strict Infection Prevention and Control protocols developed by the Ministry of Health to manage the risks of spreading COVID-19.

3 comments:

  1. Rob Suisted, 16. July 2021, 9:35

    Spoke with someone in MIQ mgmt. Big eye opener in ultra complex logistics. Incredible lengths to check travel histories, stacking flights to floors, co-ordinating multi room groups, mitigating human behaviour issues. Mind boggling. Key staff frazzled after 6month stints. Kudos to them. [via twitter]

     
  2. Paul Le Comte, 16. July 2021, 9:42

    One of the most complex human movement logistical operations in peacetime NZ history. Huge respect to all involved. [via twitter]

     
  3. Jenny Nicholls, 16. July 2021, 11:17

    The fact there are so few (known) virus escapes given the number of positive cases in MIQ says so much about these organisers and frontline workers. [via twitter]

     

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