The Port of València confines in quarantine two ships with COVID-19 symptomatic crew members

Sanidad Exterior is applying the isolation protocols for any contacts that the symptomatic workers may have had on board.

So far, no crew members on the vessels have needed to go ashore to be treated in Valencian hospitals.

To facilitate the medical attention that the crew members may need, the two ships have docked at the North Extension docks.

The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) has authorised the berthing of two container ships from Algeciras and Barcelona with 6 and 4 crew members, respectively, with symptoms of the disease caused by the COVID-19 virus at “Cruise Dock 2” and “Cruise Dock 3”, both located inside the North Extension of the Port of València.

They are the “Maersk UTAH”, of the company Maersk; and the “Skiathos I”, of the shipping company Marfret. The offer made by the port to berth both vessels in safe inland waters away from commercial activity has been accepted by Foreign Health and by the shipping companies themselves to be able to attend to the infected persons more easily. This guarantees better compliance with the quarantine required in these cases and compliance with the protocols and health guarantees when symptoms of COVID-19 appear in the crews of vessels dedicated to the maritime transport of goods.

The two ships arrived at the Port of València on 1 May. Both reported that their crews had seamen with symptoms of COVID-19 (six in the case of the “Maersk Utah” and four in the case of the “Skiathos I”).

External Health, the Port Authority of València and the captains of the ships are acting according to the instructions to isolate the close contacts that the crew members have maintained on their respective vessels. So far, no sailors have needed to go ashore to be treated in Valencian hospitals.