“This is an ongoing situation, we’re dealing with this now very regularly,” he said.
“What’s happening here is for the first six or eight months of COVID obviously a lot of the crew were on board the ships for long periods of time and as these crew members are changed out, as you can understand they want to be, crew members were coming on ships who were COVID positive around the world.”
Key Integrity left Manila, the same location as two COVID-riddled ships off Port Hedland earlier this month, on October 6 after a crew exchange.
Mr McGowan said it was a “significant issue” and international action needed to be taken, especially as the Philippines was proving to be a “major problem”.
“I feel sorry for Philippino crew…