Due to the outbreak of the New Crown epidemic worldwide, crew safety has become a common problem faced by global shipping companies.
In March, several crew members of Maersk Group were diagnosed with new pneumonia at Zhoushan Port in Ningbo. In April, another container vessel of Maersk Group ’s container ship from Spain to Archellas had symptoms of new coronavirus infection.
According to the latest information from Sohang.com, a container ship shared by multiple shipping companies under Maersk also has symptoms of infection.
It is reported that a container ship named "LEXA MAERSK" under Maersk had to be interrupted during the voyage, and called Charlotte Amalie of the US Virgin Islands to rescue a crew member with fever symptoms.
It is reported that the ship left Cologne, Panama on May 1 and went to Tangier, Morocco.
According to reports, on May 6, the crew was transferred to a rescue boat. On May 7, the container ship suspended its journey and traveled to Charlotte Amalie. It berthed at the port on May 8 and has remained at the anchor point so far.
The crew member has been taken to the hospital for new coronavirus detection and isolation.
According to information, the "LEXA MAERSK" shipping capacity is 4258TEU, serving multiple ports in North and South America and Europe, and there are multiple shipping companies sharing cabins, including Hamburg South America, MCC, SAFMARINE, SEALAND, etc.
Attention should be paid to the foreign trade freight forwarders carrying the ship, there may be a delay in the shipping schedule.The Lexa Maersk container ship would arrive in Rotterdam on May 18, approach the APM Terminal, and the crew likely to be infected would be treated.
Lexa Maersk, while traveling to Medevac on the US Virgin Islands, had a break from her journey for a crew hospitalized in Charlotte Amelie.
Later, Maersk asked APMTR to allow the ship to berth. The other 6 crew members, including the captain, were probably infected with the virus.
However, the ship has been missing in AIS (Automatic Identification System) since 12 May. On the evening of 12 May, the last position was Azores SW, and the port of destination was undisclosed towards Northern Europe.
In the news dated May 8, 2020;
According to the Maritime Bulletin, the container ship LEXA MAERSK had to stop its journey and called on the capital's officials in the Virgin Islands to evacuate a sick seafarer who was evident by signs of fire.
The ship Tangier left Colon Panama on May 1, affiliated with Morocco. Reportedly, on May 6, a man dropped from another ship into the sea was directed to join the SAR (search and rescue) mission. On May 7, the ship suspended the search and headed for Charlotte Amalie. As of May 8, 13:00 UTC, he anchored from the port and started to wait.