Quarantined tanker gets all-clear after seafarer dies of infectious disease

Port authorities have given the all-clear to a tanker quarantined in Spain after its chef died from an unidentified “infectious viral” disease.

None of the 14 remaining crew members onboard the Granato (7,071 dwt, built 2000) show clinical signs of disease and the vessel has subsequently been granted free pratique by health inspectors. The vessel is owned and managed by Italy’s Finbeta.

The Port Authority of Ferrol-San Cibrao Caneliñas has given the vessel permission to sail to the Atlantic Forest chemical plant at El Ferrol, Spain to load methanol.

The cause of the seafarer’s death has still not been determined but is thought to be a viral respiratory disease, according to Spanish press reports. His body will be repatriated to India from the city of Vigo, Spain.

The Granato has been under quarantine at the port of El Ferrol since Sunday, guarded by Spain’s Guardia Civil.


Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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