Shipping crew to be released from quarantine

Sailors aboard the MV Lady Samoa III, who have been out at sea for the past two weeks, are expected to be released on Tuesday after completing a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

A total of 17 crew members are on board the Samoa Shipping Corporation-owned vessel, after it returned from Fiji where it went on drydock and had assessments done on its hull and machinery, as well as checks on the reliability and function of its propulsion and steering systems, power generation and other features.

Officials from the corporation confirmed that the crew members were checked by Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) upon their return to Samoa and all crew members were not allowed to disembark until after their mandatory quarantine.

Lady Samoa III 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. 

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

The M.O.H. is also required to continue with the approved medical clearance of all crew members.

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.

The MV Lady Samoa III crew members are the last lot of travellers currently in quarantine. Others – who were passengers on flights that flew into Samoa when the Government's mandatory quarantine requirements were already in effect – were also quarantined for a fortnight at five different locations established by the Ministry of Health.

They included the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Mulifanua, St. Therese Retreat at Leauva'a, Moanalisa Hotel, Samoa Traditional Resort and the Orator Hotel.

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