27 Oct 2020

Logging ship docks at Napier Port after crew test negative for Covid-19

12:31 pm on 27 October 2020

A vessel has docked at Napier Port after its crew completed 14 days in isolation.

Napier port has seen an increase in imports and exports since the Hanmer Springs quake nearly three weeks ago forced Wellington's port to close.

Napier Port. (File photo). Photo: Supplied / Napier Port

The 21 crew of the Ken Rei were close contacts of an engineer who tested positive after spending time on the logging ship when it was berthed in New Plymouth.

The vessel had been off the Napier coast for a fortnight and the crew have tested negative.

A team of doctors ok a helicopter to the ship to do Covid swab tests

The Maritime Union has renewed calls for crew of foreign vessels to be tested for the virus before they dock at ports in New Zealand.

The crew's agent had previously confirmed there were enough supplies for all onboard.

The Napier Port says the logging ship berthed at 6am today and is expected to depart on Thursday.

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