Hapag-Lloyd mega container ship mass crew sickness, interrupted voyage

Mega container ship ROME EXRESS interrupted her voyage from USA-Colombia via Panama Canal to Busan Korea (EC2 Schedule), on Nov 29, sailing in the Pacific along California peninsula. She called Ensenada Mexico, because of medical emergency, 6 crew were in need of immediate hospitalization. The ship arrived at Ensenada on Dec 1, 6 crew were taken to hospital, in serious condition, with 5 of them tested positive – according to local sources.
On Dec 4 Hapag-Lloyd issued statement, saying that 3 crew were medevaced, 2 remained in quarantine (on board?), and that “The vessel will remain at port until the alternate crew are tested and cleared for boarding. Once they are on board, MV Rome Express will resume her voyage to Pusan”.
The ship meanwhile, according to her track, left Ensenada anchorage at around 0000 UTC Dec 4, probably resuming voyage, probably not – her destination yet unclear, AIS showing confusing info.
So, it’s all covid, huh? As usual, no info on “vaccination” status” of the crew, no nothing, just “positive test” and mass crew sickness. Lies and cover-up, new normal, nothing to be surprised at.
Container ship ROME EXPRESS, IMO 9447861, dwt 153 594, capacity 12,600 TEU, built 2010, flag Denmark, operator as of Dec 2021, Hapag-Lloyd (CMA-CGM in the 1H of 2021).



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