Indonesian-Flag vessel, MV Sinar Pomaala had a crew member tested positive for COVID-19 after berthing in Kolkata on July 2nd, 2020. The patient is currently admitted to a private hospital while the other 15 crew members have been quarantined in the ship, after taking their samples for testing.
The container vessel halted at berth 12 of Netaji Subhas Docks after having arrived from Singapore, carrying containers. A senior port official has confirmed that proper precautions and protocols were followed before allowing the vessel to enter the port. However, after scanning the crew, two Indonesian members turned out to have a fever, one of whom tested positive for coronavirus later on.
Officials at the Syama Prasad Mookerji Port Trust (SPMPT) are now facing a predicament, not being able to arrive at a decision on what to do with the boat, until test results of the remaining crew members arrive.
With loading and unloading operations on hold, the feeder vessel is, at present, berthed at distance from the other vessels with the crew quarantined inside. Port employees and staffers are being ensured of safety. Officials are taking extreme care and precaution while supplying essentials to those onboard. Sanitization in and around the ship is performed stringently.