Surge of “infected” crews and quarantined ships

Tanker and bulk carrier were put under quarantine in Santos Brazil, MT FAIRCHEM BLUE SHARK and MV DIAMOND STARS. FAIRCHEM BLUE SHARK arrived from Antwerp and 1 crew was tested positive, during understood, “routine testing”. FAIRCHEM BLUE SHARK is under quarantine starting Jul 27, she was moved to anchorage. DIAMOND STARS is at Santos since Jul 11, management tried to change part of the crew, 3 offsigners were tested positive, the ship is under quarantine starting Jul 29.
As of late, there’s a surge of “infected” crews and ships being put under quarantine, which coincided with resurrected ITF/PSC campaign aimed at shipowners, guilty of “wage delays”. Hardly accidental, if you ask me.
Product tanker FAIRCHEM BLUE SHARK, IMO 9804837, dwt 25202, built 2019, flag Marshall Islands, manager FAIRFIELD CHEMICAL CARRIERS.
Bulk carrier DIAMOND STARS, IMO 9468126, dwt 55389, built 2011, flag Marshall Islands, manager INCI GEMI ISLETME LTD STI.



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