Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Caution Required With More COVID Cases On Overseas Vessels

The Maritime Union says extra caution is needed in New Zealand ports following more cases of COVID-19 on overseas vessels.

Maritime Union National Secretary Craig Harrison says overseas ships have to come into New Zealand, but vigilance is required.

The Marshall Islands-flagged container ship Mattina in Bluff has nine COVID positive crew members aboard, with the entire crew under quarantine on the vessel.

A vaccinated pilot from Southport had been aboard the vessel, but no other workers had been.

Mr Harrison says a recent spike in COVID cases amongst overseas crew members is concerning to port workers.

New, more virulent strains of COVID are another threat, he says.

However, if safety procedures were strictly followed with the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) and physical distancing, then risk could be minimised.

The vaccination of all port workers coming into proximity with overseas vessels is another priority, says Mr Harrison.

“The reality is we require ships coming into New Zealand with essential imports, so we have to keep to best practice and constantly evaluate any new risks.”

Mr Harrison says global shipping companies should be doing more to ensure international crew are vaccinated and tested.

He says seafarers are providing an essential service to New Zealand, and there is an obligation by New Zealand to ensure their health and wellbeing is considered.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Energy: New Zealand Could Be World’s First Large-scale Producer Of Green Hydrogen

Contact Energy and Meridian Energy are seeking registrations of interest to develop the world’s largest green hydrogen plant. The plant has the potential to earn hundreds of millions in export revenue and help decarbonise economies both here and overseas... More>>

MBIE: 36th America’s Cup Post-event Reports Released

Post-event reporting on the 36th America’s Cup (AC36) has been released today. The reports cover the delivery of the event by Crown, Council and America’s Cup Event Limited, economic impacts for Auckland and New Zealand, and delivery of critical infrastructure... More>>

Fonterra: Farmer Feedback Set To Shape Revised Capital Structure Proposal

With the first phase of Fonterra’s capital structure consultation now complete, the Co-op is drawing up a revised proposal that aims to reflect farmers’ views. A number of changes are being considered to the preferred option initially put forward in the Consultation Booklet in May... More>>

Statistics: Household Saving Falls In The March 2021 Quarter

Saving by New Zealanders in the March 2021 quarter fell to its lowest level in two years after rising sharply in 2020, Stats NZ said today. Increases in household spending outpaced income growth, leading to a decline in household saving from the elevated levels that prevailed throughout 2020... More>>