Two crew members onboard MV Montpellier, a Hapag-Lloyd-operated container ship have tested positive for Coronavirus in Durban, South Africa.
The 2,824 TEU container ship MV Montpellier, has been ordered to remain anchored in Durban for two weeks.
“As a safety measure, the local authorities have ordered that the vessel must remain at anchorage for at least 14 days, and has further directed that no cargo operations can be undertaken at this time,” Hapag-Lloyd said.
“Berthing at Durban and subsequent ports of the rotation will be adjusted accordingly.”
“We regret the inconvenience caused by this incident which remains beyond our control and is being directed by the authorities,” Hapag-Lloyd added.
The Liberian-flagged, 2006-built sub-Panamax, arrived in Durban from La Réunion.
So far, this is the first instance of coronavirus infection on board any Hapag-Loyd ships.