The controversial supertrawler Annelies Ilena is at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak with over half the crew testing positive
One of the largest trawlers in Europe is at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak with over half the crew, so far, testing positive for the highly infectious virus.
The Annelies Ilena is currently in the harbour of IJmuiden in the Netherlands and according to reports from reports from Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, 30 of the 60 strong crew have tested positive for the coronavirus, which means all of the crew must not quarantine on the ship.
“In consultation with the GGD (the Netherlands Health Service) it has been agreed that no one will disembark,” says owner Diederik Parlevliet of shipping company Parlevliet & Van der Plas. This largest fishing company in Europe belongs to the Katwijk fishing families Van der Plas and Parlevliet. After fishing at the Shetland islands, this ‘freezer trawler’ arrived in IJmuiden on Sunday.
According to the fishing company owner, it was decided on Monday to have all crew members, including Dutchmen, tested: “A number of people had complaints and we did not want to take any risks with the health of our crew. We immediately warned the GGD and other authorities. Half of our crew tested positive. It has been agreed that all 60 people on board will stay on board for at least five days. In addition, the crew members who have tested positive are kept separate from the people who are not sick. ”
The fish caught and frozen at sea has now been unloaded. According to Diederik Parlevliet, the atmosphere on board is good: “Naturally, food and drink will be provided. There are at most mild complaints. I have not wanted to think for a moment about the economic damage. The well-being of our people really comes first. ”
The controversial freezer trawler Annelies Ilena sails under the Polish flag and is 145 metres long and 20 meters wide. The freezing capacity is 8,000 tons.