Crew member under investigation on ship
9 April 2021
A crew member on a ship berthed in Taranaki is under investigation after a weak positive followed by a negative test result was returned from one of the crew as part of COVID-19 testing prior to a crew change.
At this stage the result fits the pattern of a historical infection. The result of a serology test is expected tomorrow and will provide more information and the case remains under investigation.
The ship, Boka Summit, will be moving from its berth out to sea along with other vessels in port due to the currently forecast bad weather, but is expected to reberth back in Port Taranaki after the weather has passed in the next 72 hours.
Prior to arriving in New Zealand, the ship has been at sea for a month after leaving Singapore and none of the crew have reported any symptoms in that time, including the current crew member under investigation.
A small number of shore workers have been in contact with the ship during its time in port and all were wearing the appropriate PPE and taking appropriate precautions.
Last updated: Friday, April 9, 2021