Ken Hou ship set to dock in WA reports sick crew members

The West Australian
WA health authorities are on high alert for another offshore virus scare, with fears more than half the crew on a ship due to arrive in Albany could be infected with COVID-19. Sixteen members of the 22 crew members on canola grain vessel Ken Hou have reported feeling unwell.
Camera IconWA health authorities are on high alert for another offshore virus scare, with fears more than half the crew on a ship due to arrive in Albany could be infected with COVID-19. Sixteen members of the 22 crew members on canola grain vessel Ken Hou have reported feeling unwell. Credit: marinetraffic.com

WA health authorities are on high alert for another offshore virus scare, with fears more than half the crew on a ship due to arrive in Albany could be infected with COVID-19.

Sixteen members of the 22 crew members on canola grain vessel Ken Hou have reported feeling unwell.

A State Government spokesperson said the crew members were reporting elevated temperatures or mild respiratory symptoms.

“We’ve been made aware through our State authorities that a canola grain vessel, the Ken Hou vessel flagged to Panama, which was due to berth at Albany today, is reporting illness,” the spokesperson said.

WA health authorities are on high alert for another offshore virus scare, with fears more than half the crew on a ship due to arrive in Albany could be infected with COVID-19. Sixteen members of the 22 crew members on canola grain vessel Ken Hou have reported feeling unwell.
Camera IconWA health authorities are on high alert for another offshore virus scare, with fears more than half the crew on a ship due to arrive in Albany could be infected with COVID-19. Sixteen members of the 22 crew members on canola grain vessel Ken Hou have reported feeling unwell. Credit: marinetraffic.com

“The decision as to whether and where it will berth will be subject to further assessments by health experts to determine the best course of action for the vessel.

“It’s last port of call was Sriracha in Thailand on August 7.”

The spokesperson said Premier Mark McGowan had discussed the ship’s situation with Chief Health Officer Andy Robertson to ensure all precautions were in place.

“The Premier has also convened a meeting of the Emergency Management Team ... to discuss options as to how to deal with the ship.”

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