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Tuna purse seiners waiting mooring in port waiting for the crew replacement

Spanish tuna fleet faces crew problems due to COVID-19

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Monday, July 13, 2020, 17:10 (GMT + 9)

La preocupación cunde entre los tripulantes al constatar que el virus ha subido a bordo y también afecta a 70 pescadores vascos y gallegos
 
A la dura vida en la mar y a la lejanía con sus familiares, en el último mes se ha sumado el temor a que el Covid-19 se suba como polizón a los atuneros vascos, con base en Bermeo, y gallegos que fanean en las Islas Seychelles.
 
La preocupación ha llegado a los familiares que según los últimos datos conocen la existencia de al menos 70 marineros de nacionalidad estatal afectados que se encuentran recluidos en su barcos donde se realizan labores de mantenimiento y reparación.
 
Tuna vessels wait at anchor since there is no more place in port (Photo courtesy ABC)
 
A ellos se suman otros 70 tripulantes senegales y costamarfileños que permanecen aislados en un hotel tras registrarse positivos en un primer test realizado a su llegada al archipiélago africano. Posteriomente, se les repite las pruebas para conocer si pueden reemprender su actividad.
 
Las fuentes consultadas han destacado que tanto los tripulantes africanos como los vascos y gallegos llegan tras realizar sus correspondientes pruebas PCR.  De hecho, se trata de un requisito exigido por las autoridades sanitarias de ese país.
 


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