Two test positive for COVID-19 on US-flagged boxships
The mariners aboard Philadelphia Express and St. Louis Express have been quarantined
(HAMBURG, Germany) — During normal operations of the containerships Philadelphia Express and St. Louis Express, deployed in Hapag-Lloyd's Atlantic Loop 3 (AL3) service, one member of each vessel’s crew tested positive for COVID-19.
The mariners are quarantined and all other crewmembers on the vessels are being isolated, monitored and will be tested as well.
Hapag-Lloyd is evaluating any potential impact on vessel and cargo operations, and berthing dates for the subsequent ports of the rotation will be adjusted accordingly.
The company will provide these details as soon as determined.
As of Tuesday, Philadelphia Express was anchored off Norfolk, Va., and St. Louis Express was underway off Palm Beach, Fla., bound for Jacksonville.
The 3,200-TEU ships are enrolled in the U.S. Maritime Administration's Maritime Security Program (MSP) subsidy system.