10,000-TEU GERDA MAERSK INTERRUPTED VOYAGE, RETURNED TO TANJUNG PELEPAS

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Alerts: May 14: GERDA MAERSK, IMO 9359052, dwt 116100, South China sea N of Riau islands, from Tanjung Pelepas to Yantian, ETA May 12. May 22: Under way, sailing towards Singapore, ETA and PoD same. May 23 UPDATE: Sailed back to Tanjung Pelepas, arrived at TPP anchorage in the morning May 23.

MAERSK Statements: Update on GERDA MAERSK – 111W
May 18, 2021
We refer to our previous correspondence with respect to the COVID case on board Maersk Gerda while enroute from Tanjung Pelepas (TPP), Malaysia, to Yantian, China
Due to the new regulation in China, this vessel is not allowed to berth without sanitization and no crew will be allowed to disembark. Hence, we are in discussion with the TPP authorities to bring vessel back to TPP for the disembarkation of the 3rd party service engineer and sanitization of the vessel.

May 14, 2021
We regret to inform about two COVID19 positive cases found on board GERDA MAERSK, while she was enroute from Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia, to Yantian, China.
As a part of regular maintenance programme two 3rd party service engineers boarded the vessel from Suez Canal, Egypt, and were planned to disembark at Tanjung Pelepas, Malaysia, after going through the COVID19 test. However, due to local restrictions, the disembarkation was denied even before the results became available, and hence, vessel sailed towards the next planned port Yantian, China.
While enroute to Yantian, China, the test results were received indicating the two engineers are COVID19 positive.

Posted in Accidents by Mikhail Voytenko on May 23, 2021 at 06:53.