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World Virus Cases Rise on Ship Stranded Off World’s Key Iron Ore Hub

11:11  29 september  2020
11:11  29 september  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Australian soldiers are being deployed to Port Hedland, one of the world ’ s largest iron ore loading ports, to help contain a coronavirus outbreak on a bulk carrier Seventeen of the 21-crew members on the ship have tested positive for the virus , ship owner Oldendorff Carriers said in a statement.

No passengers will be allowed off the ship in Pago Pago and it is unclear where they will ultimately be permitted to disembark. There are no suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus on board. The ship , with a capacity of more than 2,000 passengers, left Sydney in February.

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a beach next to a body of water: Bulk carriers sitting offshore wait to enter the port in Port Hedland, Australia, on Monday, March 18, 2019. The two parts of the town — Port Hedland and South Hedland — are divided by the water and long red piles of iron ore between rail tracks that are waiting to be loaded onto ships that dock along the edges of the inlet. © Bloomberg Bulk carriers sitting offshore wait to enter the port in Port Hedland, Australia, on Monday, March 18, 2019. The two parts of the town — Port Hedland and South Hedland — are divided by the water and long red piles of iron ore between rail tracks that are waiting to be loaded onto ships that dock along the edges of the inlet.

Authorities in Australia are contending with a rising number of coronavirus cases among the crew of a bulk carrier anchored off Port Hedland, the key export hub for the country’s A$100 billion ($70 billion) iron ore sector.

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Twelve crew from a ship moored off the WA coast were transferred to a quarantine facility in Port Hedland Nine crew have already tested positive to coronavirus, which is expected to rise . Nine crew members from iron ore bulk carrier Patricia Oldendorff moored nine nautical miles off Port

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A total of 17 of 21 seafarers from the Patricia Oldendorff, which had traveled from Manila and was scheduled to be loaded with manganese ore, have now tested positive, Western Australia’s health department said in a statement. Talks are underway between the vessel’s operator, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Pilbara Ports Authority over the safety of the ship and a plan to potentially send in a replacement crew.

The outbreak has raised concern over the potential for infections among shipping crews to disrupt global supply chains, including at Port Hedland, pivotal to Australia’s A$290 billion commodities export sector and which handles cargoes for BHP Group and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. In June, a vessel scheduled to deliver 56,000 sheep to the Middle East was stranded at a different Australian port after about 20 crew members contracted the virus.

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Iron ore can be found at nearly all elevations, spawning within caves as well as on the surface of the world . It is characterised by a reddish, rusty hue that sets it apart from the rich brown of copper or the pale brown of tungsten , both of which can appear with similar textures.

Ore is found in patches, usually surrounded by stone or sandstone, throughout the world . Specific ores appear at varying elevations along the Y-axis. In many cases , ores can be found as a patch on the surface within grassy areas, along the side of natural rises in terrain

Pilbara Ports Authority, which operates Port Hedland, is working with local health authorities and “can confirm there have been no impacts to our port operations,” it said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Western Australia’s government removed non-essential crew from the ship and has deployed infection control specialists and emergency services to Port Hedland under safety measures to protect the port and community. The vessel is being cleaned daily, the state’s Premier Mark McGowan said in a separate statement.

Of 11 seafarers who remain aboard the vessel as part of an essential crew, seven have tested positive, according to the state’s health department. A further 10 seafarers are in hotel quarantine after being transfered off the ship.

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