CMA CGM mega container ship stranded, waiting for virus test result UPDATE

Mar 31 UPDATE: Was allowed to enter port, berthed at around 1240 UTC Mar 31, no news yet on crew test results.

Mega container ship CMA CGM MARCO POLO wasn’t allowed to enter Algeciras Spain, on arrival from Southampton UK on Mar 30, after Master reported one sick crew with fever. CMA CGM MARCO POLO was anchored at Algeciras anchorage in the morning Mar 30, and as of morning Mar 31, remained in the same position, waiting for virus test result. The rest of the crew is undergoing constant health checks, understood they’ve been also tested. Hopefully, it’s a false alarm and crew will come out clean, including seaman who’s suffering from fever.
Container ship CMA CGM MARCO POLO, IMO 9454436, dwt 187625, capacity 16020 TEU, built 2012, flag Bahamas, manager CMA CGM.



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