LTTC to incur losses as ship’s crew infections cause delay

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‘Al-Messila’ not to load sheep for now

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 21: The Livestock Transport & Trading Company (LTTC) announced that the crew of its ship, “Al-Messila”, had been infected with the new coronavirus, reports Al- Qabas daily. The company indicated that the ship left the last port in the Arabian Gulf on October 2, heading for Australia, after changing the ship’s crew to another, and with each of its members having two negative PCR certificates.

The company added, after the ship’s arrived in Australia on October 14, several of the crew members were required to visit the medical center due to various symptoms they suffered, and after examination, they were given appropriate treatment.

They obtained permission to catch up with the ship, except for one person who was swabbed and the result emerged positive, without him showing any symptoms. The company kept the infected person in special quarantine outside the ship, and all crew members were examined to ensure no other cases of infection on board.

The company said it will take appropriate measures in this regard, and the ship will not be loaded with sheep until it’s subject to precise procedures that may last for 20 days, and upon obtaining the approval of the Australian authorities to load the ship with livestock. The company expected losses of KD 375 ,000 as a result of a 20-day delay, in addition to other expenses that cannot be estimated at the present time.

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