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Corona case on combi ship
On Oct 18, 2020, the municipality of Hiva Oa in the Marquesas Islands reported that one crew member had tested positive for Covid-19 on board the 'Aranui 5'. The man was placed under observation and in isolation with two other contact cases before all were disembarked on Hiva Oa at the request of the health surveillance office. They will remain under observation ashore, in particular so as not to risk infecting other people on board the ship. The freight crew was not in contact with the passengers. Thus, the ship's personnel was able to unload the cargoon Oct 18 without posing a risk to the population.
Ship to set sail for a supply trip only
After eight crew members of the 'Aranui 5' were tested positive for Covid-19, the ship's 79 passengers have been disembarked and repatriated with no infections reported. The ship was expected to resume sailing from Papeete on Sep 30 with 1,400 tonnes of goods and 200 m3 of diesel to be delivered to the Marquesas. One of the most complex aspects in this situation was to be able to find replacements for the crew members who have tested positive in order to get a complete crew of 37.
Cruise cancelled after seven cases of COVID-19 among crew
The 'Aranui' which provides service, between Tahiti and the Marquesas Islands, docked at Papeete on Sep 27, the day after its departure, after seven Covid-19 cases have been identified among the crew members. No passenger has tested positive. A test of the entire crew is required 48 hours before departure and a test of passengers 24 hours before departure. While waiting for the results to be obtained, the ship was taken to sea on Sep 26, remaining close to Tahiti with a strict separation between passengers and crew. Upon confirmation of the seven positive cases, the ship returned to the dock in Papeete and the owner decided to cancel the cruise. Passengers will be able to stay on board the ship for up to 48 hours, the time for the owner to organize return flights for international tourists. Passengers will be reimbursed or asked to reschedule this cruise at a later date. The next tourist cruise was due to start on Oct 15. As it is nevertheless necessary to ensure the cargo supply of the Henua Enana, the 'Aranui 5' will leave on Sep 3ß only for a rotation intended for freight. The time will be used to reconstitute a crew and to completely disinfect the ship.News schreiben