As corona virus spreads all across the world, it has not spared the shipping industry as well. News coming that the captain of an Italian tanker vessel FT QUARTO was found to be ill and later was tested positive for the Corona virus. Later chief officer also complained of some symptoms related to flue and was tested positive as well.
The vessel is right now in Antwerp and rest of the crew have been tested negative for the virus. The shipping industry is also slowly being affected by this virus. The cruise industry is already suffering a lot from it.
The reason it can easily spread on ship is that accommodation is a common space, and air conditioning is same as well. This could lead to lot of problems.
Extra care should be taken when a new crew member joins the ship. During pilotage or during ports, officers and crew should maintain social distance and precaution.
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