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The crew aboard the container ship docked at the port of Fremantle tested for COVID-19

The ship’s journey from Malaysia, which typically takes around five days, lasted 10 days.

The Department of Health has been contacted for comment.

Under WA’s emergency pandemic laws, crews of international ships are not permitted to disembark from their ships.

If the crew tests positive, the ship will become the second to dock at the port of Fremantle with crew members infected with COVID-19 on board.

The first was the virus-riddled Al Kuwait virus that docked in late May to pick up cattle bound for the Middle East.

Of the 48 crew members, about 18 contracted COVID-19 and most were transferred to hotel quarantine to contain the spread and treat those with more severe symptoms.

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Further north, an iron ore bulk carrier anchored off Port Hedland has so far recorded 17 coronavirus infections, with all but a skeleton crew currently in quarantine at a Port Hedland hotel.

Seven of the infected Filipino crews remain on the Patricia Oldendorff as part of her crew essential to keep the ship moving at sea.

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