Man on Saipem ship in Rotterdam died of natural causes

A deceased man was found on the Saipem FDS in Rotterdam’s Waalhaven on which several people are in isolation because of the coronavirus. It concerns a natural death, the police reported after investigation. Further investigation should show whether it concerns corona.

On Wednesday 8 April, a crew member was taken from the ship who had been diagnosed with the lung virus. The ship has been in port for a several days with 77 people on board. Some of them were sick, and the symptoms were similar to Covid-19, the disease caused by the corona virus.

In a statement, Saipem has said the deceased crew member had no symptoms attributable to Covid-19 and died unexpectedly during the night.

The 163-metre Saipem FDS (Field Development Ship) is a pipe laying and crane vessel and can accommodate up to 245 people. Of the 77 people on board, thirteen are still isolated on the ship. They no longer have symptoms according to the police. The rest of the crew are continuing work. A doctor is keeping an eye on everyone.

Source: ANP, with additions from Saipem.

Picture by Saipem.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.