ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Health officials are confirming three more COVID-19 cases aboard one of two ships anchored off the coast of Newfoundland.
The Health Department says in a news release that with today’s new cases, a total of eight crew members aboard the vessel have tested positive for the disease, and one has been taken to hospital.
Fourteen crew members aboard the other ship tested positive for COVID-19 last week, and the department said today that number remains unchanged.
Both ships are anchored in Conception Bay, which is about a 20-minute drive west of St. John’s.
Marine traffic websites show the ships to be the Iver Ambition, a bitumen tanker sailing under the Italian flag, and the Princesa Santa Joana, a factory fishing vessel with a Portuguese flag.
In May, a bulk carrier owned by Fednav, an international shipping company headquartered in Quebec, also anchored in the bay and waited out COVID-19 infections among 14 of its crew members.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 14, 2021.