The MV Taunga Nui, recently acquired by Cook Islands General Transport. (PHOTO: MIKE W @ marinetraffic.com) 20112525
MV Taunga Nui crew members will be required to stay on board the barge while Te Marae Ora takes swab tests.
The barge, owned by Cook Islands General Transport has eight crew members.
The vessel was expected
to arrive today, but the anticipated estimated time of arrival of the barge was
rescheduled and yet to be confirmed when this article went to print.
Health spokesperson Jaewynn McKay says the crew will be required to stay
on board the barge while the tests are processed.
She said: “Once the
tests come back negative they can disembark. The processing of the tests
usually takes a couple of hours.”
McKay confirmed that at
this stage they will not be required to undertake supervised quarantine as they
were tested within 96 hours of leaving Brisbane.
She said by the time they arrive they would have been at sea for 14
“Te Marae Ora has been
checking in regularly in regards to the health of the crew; who are reportedly
in good health, none have developed any Covid-like symptoms while at sea. The
barge has sailed directly from Brisbane to Rarotonga.”
Officer Kairangi Samuela further advised that there are no passengers onboard
the barge and the crew members include seven Fiji nationals and a New Zealand
Samuela said they have
received the negative Covid results for all crew dated October 28, 2020
completed on their arrival into Australia, and negative test results for all
crew members dated November 7 within the 96 hours while in 14-day
She added that the crew went directly to the barge from
their quarantine hotel departing Brisbane, Australia on Friday November 13.