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St Lucia lifts quarantine order on cargo vessel
Published on March 17, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The ministry of health in Saint Lucia on Thursday lifted a quarantine order placed on the motor vessel, Lady Zai, in Port Castries. The vessel arrived in Saint Lucia the previous weekend with one crew member dead and another suffering from what has been diagnosed as bronchial pneumonia. The ship was ordered quarantined on the advice of local medical officials.

At a joint meeting held on Thursday, officials of the ministry of health; Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority and Marine Police, held discussions with the quarantined vessel’s local agents, Professional and Confidential Services Limited, represented by Fabiana Chedy.

"We feel relieved that the quarantine on the vessel has been removed, with specific guidelines (provided by the ministry of health) to be followed," said Chedy in an interview following Thursday's meeting.

Chedy says despite the stresses associated with the situation for both her agency and the crew of the Lady Zai, she is pleased with the way it was dealt with by local authorities.

"It was hard on the crew. I spoke to the captain and he said he felt very depressed having lost a crew member at sea. Things like that must go through a process and I am satisfied with the process and the way it was handled," she said.

Also attending Thursday's meeting was Max Edouard, managing director of Caribbean Grains -- a Vieux Fort Freezone feed mill. The operation produces feed for all types of farm animals for the local market. The cargo aboard the Lady Zai, is the property of the mill.

"This is the first bulk shipment we are importing into Saint Lucia, which gives us the opportunity to reduce substantially, the price of the feed we are selling on the market," said Edouard.

Officials say the entire ship must undergo sanitization before the cargo is offloaded and prior to its departure from Saint Lucia.
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