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Corps of deceased crew member not accepted in ports for months
The 'Star Europe' sailed around the world for more than three months with the body of a deceased sailor in a freezer, before finally finding a country that would welcome the corpse. Fears of corona infection were the reason for the rejection in a dozen countries. The dead sailor's body was finally allowed to land in Dangjin on July 1, 2020, to the great relief to the ship's crew and management, who thanked the country for the friendly attitude. For the past three months, the ship had only been met with rejections from port authorities and coast guards in more than a dozen countries that refused to allow the ship to dock and bring the body ashore for the repatriation to the family of the deceased in Indonesia. In some places, authorities said they did not have facilities to conduct Covid-19 tests on the corpse, while others said they were unable to conduct tests on the entire crew. The macabre voyage began on March 23, when the 48-year-old Indonesian sailor collapsed and died, presumably due to a heart failure, being on a guard on the bridge as the ship approached Panama. The body was then stored in a freezer on board, while Star Europe unsuccessfully tried to find a port in Central America, South America or later in Asia that would accept it. The ship even experienced refusal to go to port to load and, in another case, to refuse to go to port, even at the anchorage. Neither the deceased sailor nor any of the other crew members on board had at any time shown signs of being infected with Covid-19.
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