Matson operations resume after negative COVID finding


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.”


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.