Lady Samoa crew quarantined at sea

The MV Lady Samoa III is back home from full survey servicing in Fiji.

But due to coronavirus precautionary measures, the vessel and crew are being forced to undergo isolation on the sea for 14 days.

The vessel arrived on Tuesday night after days of sailing from Fiji. 

A total of 17 crew members are on board, a crew member, who did not want to be named, told the Samoa Observer.

According to Samoa Shipping Corporation C.E.O., Papali'i Willie Nansen, the vessel with its captain and crew departed Fiji on Sunday 6.30am (local time).

Amended state of emergency amended orders issued 24 March state that ship access to Apia Wharf is limited specifically for the purposes of trade, fishing, and petroleum.

The Ministry of Health is also required to continue with the approved medical clearance of all crew members.

Lady Samoa went out of service from 11 March as it made its way to Fiji for drydocking in Suva for about two weeks after clocking 10 years of service.

Meanwhile the MV Lady Naomi stepped in to service the inter-island route together with the MV S.S.C. Faasefulu.

Earlier this week, Papalii denied reports of the ship and its crew being stranded in Fiji after a state of emergency (S.O.E.) was declared in that country.

Papalii said the survey of the vessel in Fiji went well and was on schedule, despite delays caused by bad weather.

“The MV Lady Samoa III was not stranded in Fiji, the special docking survey went well and was on schedule, although there were some minor delays due to rainy weather conditions in Fiji which was beyond our control but overall it went well,” he said.

“The docking was completed on Saturday 28th March 2020 and the vessel was de-slipped and went for a sea trial to check the shafts, propellers, and valves that were removed and refitted to ensure they were all working well.”

The MV Lady Samoa III is the Corporation’s largest vessel operating the inter-island ferry service between Upolu and Savai’i .

Currently, travel for passengers between Upolu and Savaii is not permitted unless it is ferry travel for trade and Government services.

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