New trawler Magne Arvesen arrived in Ålesund last week after being delivered to owners Engenes Fiskeriselskap by the Gondán yard in Spain.
Despite strict precautions, one of the crew tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival. The rest of the crew are in quarantine ashore.
According to a statement by the owners, extensive precautions were taken during the latter stages of the construction period as the company takes the pandemic very seriously and places a strong emphasis on infection control measures.
Following sea trials, as many as possible of the crew returned to Norway to quarantine. A crew of nine remained on board for the delivery trip and were screened prior to departure from Spain. Magne Arvesen was at sea for four and a half days and the crew were again screened on arrival, during which one person tested positive for Covid-19.
‘The person concerned immediately isolated in his own cabin. The entire crew were then sent to prepared quarantine quarters. The crewman in question has no symptoms,’ Engenes Fiskeriselskap stated.
Magne Arvesen has since been disinfected by a professional team and the new crew joined the ship once the disinfection team had finished its work. Final fitting out and rigging are going as planned.
‘The crew in quarantine are being taken care of by the company and are being monitored carefully,’ Engenes Fiskeriselskap stated.
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