The risk of spread
of coronavirus among the crew and staff of Chittagong port is rising as the
presence of the deadly virus was detected in the body of crews of two vessels
in a span of one week period.
The unloading of
goods from a vessel namely MV Serene Juniper remained suspended at Chittagong
port after seven crew members of the vessel found Covid-19 positive out of 21
The authority thus sent all the crews and the vessel for quarantine
for 14 days at the outer anchorage of the port.
The Bahamas flag
carrier vessel came to the Chittagong port from China via Singapore port on 12
August. Of the 21 crews 16 are from Philippines, three from Ukraine, and one
from Russia and one from Romania.
A port official
said the local agent of the vessel has been asked to bring down the seven covid
infected crews to the shore and arrange treatment. After 14 days of quarantine,
the other crews have to be disembarked and the vessels will be disinfected.
goods of the vessel will start only after the process is completed,” he noted.
Liberia registered vessel detained in India’s Paradip Port since 9
crew tested Covid 19 positive
Besides, a Liberia
registered vessel namely Vantage Key left Chittagong port on 17 August and was
detained in India’s Paradip Port after its nine crew found Covid-19 positive.
The vessel came
from Myanmar’s Yangon port on 13 July and after unloading 26,525 tonnes of rice
it left Chittagong water after staying over a month in Bangladesh territory.
A day before the
vessel left, its 22 crews gave samples at the Medical Centre Hospital,
Chittagong, a private facility, for a Covid-19 check. Of them, nine crew tested
positive but the vessel left without informing the port authority about the
A port official
said had the port authority been informed about the covid detection in body of
crews, the vessel may not be given permission to sail and the ship need to stay
in quarantine for 14 days.
local agent concealed the information fearing financial loss due to
quarantine,” he said.
So far 48 victims of the virus
Until now, some 48
employees of the Chittagong port and their dependents died of coronavirus
disease since the deadly virus hit the country in March last year.
Chief Medical Officer of
the Chittagong port authority, Dr. Mosharraf Hossain said until 9 August some
12,266 coronavirus samples were collected at the port hospital of which 1,788
were tested positive.