Aframax tanker left without crew on Piraeus anchorage UPDATE

Jul 31 UPDATE: According to inside info and news published by at least one Greek news outlet, all 25 crew remain on board, under quarantine. Other news agencies said all crew were taken ashore.

Jul 31 1800 UTC: According to latest news, all crew, including those tested positive, are in good health, they’ll all remain on board until quarantine expires. After that, all crew will be changed. The origin of initial information on evacuation of all the crew, remains a mystery. It could be a genuine misunderstanding on behalf of Greek media, but it could be as well, intentional falsification, to stoke pandemic fears, and justify restrictions imposed on public.

Jul 30: Aframax tanker MERBABU arrived at Megara Greece from Ceyhan Turkey, understood with cargo of crude, on Jul 17. After offloding cargo, tanker was anchored off Megara. On Jul 26, one crew was reported to authorities having fever. Medics team board the ship, and in no time, it seems, figured out 16 infected out from total 25 crew. Tanker was moved to Piraeus anchorage, all crew were transferred to shore. Identified as infected crew, 8 Indians and 8 Filipino, were taken to hospital, the rest – according to Greek media (https://www.protothema.gr/koronoios-live/article/1031158/merbabou-me-simaia-maltas-to-ploio-me-ta-16-krousmata-ston-peiraia/) – were taken to hotel for observation or quarantine. Tanker is to be disinfected, and after that, manned with a new crew. Who’s to watch after the ship, and maintain her, until new crew arrives? Mermaids? Poseidon himself?
Crude oil tanker MERBABU, IMO 9388364, dwt 105746, built 2008, flag Malta, manager Marine Trust Ltd., Greece (EQUASIS).

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.