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Canadian authorities deny entry to crew with suspected coronavirus symptoms

The Public Health Agency of Canada has denied a car carrier travelling from Germany entry to the Port of Halifax.

On March 17, the Public Health Agency of Canada was notified that several crewmembers aboard the Siem Cicero had symptoms consistent with Covid-19.

“To protect the health and safety of Canadians, (the agency) made the decision to deny the ship’s entry to port, as per section 39 of the Quarantine Act, to prevent the potential introduction of the novel coronavirus, and to prevent supply chain disruptions at the Port of Halifax,” a spokesperson for the agency told Reuters.

The ship will not be allowed to enter port until 14 days after the last date symptoms appeared in the crew, the spokesperson said.

The Port of Halifax’s website shows the Siem Cicero‘s estimated time of arrival as April 6.

Splash is waiting to hear back from Siem Car Carriers on the current condition of the crew onboard the Siem Cicero.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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