Matson operations have resumed after a COVID test conducted on a deceased crew member was confirmed negative by DPHSS.
The deceased crew member was found aboard a Matson ship which docked at the Guam port this morning.
Port Authority of Guam general manager Rory Respicio suspended operations on the Matson ship Wednesday morning pending the result of a COVID-19 test on the lifeless individual to ensure the death was not COVID-related.
The M/V Papa Mau’s last port of call was in Palau and according to Matson, none of the crew members left the ship for liberty.
Respicio was notified of the death this morning by Matson. The crew member was found unresponsive in his cabin aboard the M/V Papa Mau as the vessel was en route to Guam.
Upon arrival on Guam, the vessel was met by Guam Customs and Public Health during which time the lifeless crew member was tested for COVID.
Matson in a release stated, “We are saddened to report that while en route to Guam, one of our crew members aboard the M/V Papa Mau was found unresponsive in his cabin. The captain followed emergency protocols and notified the U.S. Coast Guard immediately. Guam Customs cleared the vessel upon arrival into Guam, and out of precaution, the Department of Public Health and Social Services conducted a COVID-19 test of the crew member. The test result came back negative.”