Bulgarian Master of K-LINE car carrier found dead in his cabin UPDATE it’s not coronavirus

Apr 8: Master’s sudden death wasn’t related to coronavirus, all crew on board checked, all are found healthy but notwithstanding, banned from leaving the ship. Cause of Master’s death wasn’t revealed, understood natural, maybe heart attack. The ship with all cars on board was thoroughly disinfected prior to berthing and offloading cars, disinfection lasted some 12 hours.

Apr 5: Car carrier en route to Hai Phong Vietnam from Laem Chabang Thailand, on Apr 4 reported via Vietnam agent, that 55-year old Master, of Bulgarian nationality,  was found dead in his bedroom. The ship with some 2,000 cars on board is to arrive at Hai Phong early in the morning Apr 6, she’s to be anchored in quarantine zone at around 0600 LT, for a thorough medical check of all crew. Of course all everybody can think of, is coronavirus. Everything is coronavirus these days. Master was said to be healthy prior to his death. The ship wasn’t identified, but according to available data and ships tracks, it’s TIANJIN HIGHWAY.
Car carrier TIANJIN HIGHWAY, IMO 9294355, GT 48927, built 2005, flag Panama, manager K LINE Japan.



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