14 October 2020

COVID-19 update -14 October 2020: Vega Dream update

The Vega Dream vessel has sailed from its anchorage off Port Hedland and is enroute to the Philippines.

The clearance for the vessel’s departure was given tonight by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

In line with its commitment to humanitarian care, the Western Australian Department of Health offered assistance to the COVID-19 positive crew, however as medical intervention is not currently required, this was declined.

Prior to embarking on its voyage, the Department’s public health experts provided advice to the vessel around infection prevention and control. The shipping agent was also offered access to the Department’s vessel deep-cleaning plans – used for the successful and safe management of the Artania, Al Kuwait and Patricia Oldendorff.

The Department of Health would like to wish the crew of the vessel all the best and acknowledge the work of all agencies involved in the response.

Questions regarding the vessel’s movements should be directed to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the shipping agent.

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