The 'Socol 9' with more than half of the crew infected with Covid-19 returned to Vladivostok on July 13, 2021, short past midnight. Reportedly, the sailors became ill while the vessel was moored at the port of Nagoya, where they complained of loss of smell, coughing, and high fever. The condition of the crew has improved, and the sailors have refused hospitalization.
Two of the Covid-19-positive crew members aboard the 'Mattina' were transferred to Southland Hospital by St John's Ambulance, but have been returned to their ship on July 21 after an assessment. The container ship, which left Singapore on July 2 and last stopped in Australia at Fremantle between July 10 and 12, has been quarantined in Bluff after nine of its 21 crew members tested positive for Covid-19.
Whole genome sequencing from nine Covid-positive crew members aboard the 'Mattina' quarantined off the coast of Bluff has confirmed an infection of the Delta variant. The Ministry of Health confirmed in the evening of July 22 the variant wasn’t linked to any previously confirmed cases in the country. Five more crew members aboard the vessel tested positive for Covid-19 earlier that day, bringing the total number of cases on the container ship docked in Bluff to 14. The crew members who tested positive would remain quarantined on the vessel to maintain minimum functions at the port. These crew would have no direct contact with any port staff while carrying out these tasks.
Two more crew members from the 'BBC California' have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of people infected on board to 10. All crew members have been tested and will remain on the ship isolated in their rooms until further notice. The ship had 14 crew members aboard and remained berthed at Fremantle Port for now. It was originally scheduled to berth at Kwinana where it was to be loaded with ammonium nitrate, before heading to the port of Newcastle, in New South Wales. The state government was considering taking the four healthy crew members off the BBC California and placing them in hotel quarantine, to protect them and allow for the 10 remaining crew members to continue operating the ship.
The US Coast Guard medevaced a crew member from the 'Coral Furcata' approximately 11 miles off Galveston, Texas, on July 21, 2021. Coast Guard Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a call at approximately 9 a.m. from the tanker, stating a 48-year-old male crew member was experiencing stroke-like symptoms. They consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac. A Coast Guard Station Galveston 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew launched with emergency medical services personnel aboard to assist. The boat arrived on scene but was unable to conduct a transfer because the ailing crew member was no longer ambulatory. A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew diverted to assist. The helicopter arrived on scene, hoisted the patient and transported him to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in stable condition.