Food poisoning kills two onboard Polish ship

Two people died and another 13 were hospitilised following a suspected deadly outbreak of food poisoning on a ship in West African waters.

The chief and third officer of the 1991-built Nefryt general cargo vessel died while another 13 crew were helicoptered to a hospital in Abidjan when it docked at San Pedro port in Ivory Coast on Saturday morning.

The poisoning broke out on Friday after the all-Polish crewed ship had set sail from Ivory Coast. The 9,500 dwt ship is owned by Poland’s Euroafrica Shipping Lines.

Replacement crew have been sent to take over the vessel.

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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