Fishing crew get virus OK

Thursday March 05, 2020 Written by Published in Local
The Rosita C, off Avarua. 20030401 The Rosita C, off Avarua. 20030401

The Spanish purse-seining vessel Rosita C is anchored off Rarotonga for a compliance inspection and change of crew.


Nine members of the crew disembarked to return home; they have been replaced by 10 crew who flew in from Spain and Ecuador.

Marine Secretary Pamela Maru said the vessel and crew movements had been tracked back to November 2019, and cleared by the Ministry of Health.

All crew members were checked and cleared. “We have done our due diligence,” she said.

The final crew members were due to arrive yesterday.

Maru said the compliance assessment was completed on Tuesday with no issues.

Built in Spain in the year 2000, the 84-metre vessel arrived from American Samoa and is expected to depart Rarotonga this morning.

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