Customs confirmed today that the fishing vessel Viking Bay, which has two people on board with Covid-19, will dock in Wellington tomorrow.
The ship, which has 20 people on board, will dock at Queens Wharf in Wellington.
“The All-of-Government response team has worked closely with the carrier and stakeholders, including CentrePort and Wellington City Council, to ensure health, transport and safety plans are in place with minimal risk to the public,” according to customs. in a statement.
Security on the quayside will be increased, with fencing demarcating the area where the Viking Bay will dock, preventing public access.
All 20 crew members undergo a comprehensive health check, including testing, upon arrival.
Customs say most of them will then be safely transported to an MIQ facility to complete at least 14 days of isolation.
A small number of crew members will complete their isolation period on board to meet maritime safety requirements.
Maritime Customs Group Manager Stephen Waugh says the process poses a very low risk to public health.
“The crew will be transported at a time that minimizes the risk of contact with the public,” he says.
“Customs will remain in the port throughout the operation, with the support of additional security personnel, and the Maritime Police unit that will keep watch over the water.”
Government and CentrePort personnel interacting with the vessel or crew will be vaccinated and will work in accordance with health and safety protocols, including IPC and PPE requirements.
Daily health checks will be carried out for crew members who remain on board and the vessel will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of the 14-day isolation period.