Otago Daily Times

The risk from ships

- Oceania News

Union na­tional sec­re­tary Joe Fleet­wood said the risk of hav­ing in­ter­na­tional ships carry in­ter­na­tional ship­ping, and all other cargo should be se­curely shifted by New Zealand­flagged ves­sels.

Dr Shoemack fig­ured such an ar­range­ment would not be tech­ni­cally dif­fi­cult, and would of­fer some limit on the num­ber of port work­ers on ships.

‘‘But they might be on the ships for longer. So you win some, you lose some in that re­spect,’’ he said.

‘‘There would also be an­other con­se­quence in lost rev­enue for the closed ports and port work­ers left with­out a job to do.’’

He pointed out that New Zealand’s great­est bor­der risk still re­mained its air­ports, given the larger vol­umes of peo­ple com­ing through them, and straight from other coun­tries in short time­frames.

‘‘Whereas peo­ple com­ing in by ship have been sail­ing for at least a few days, and most of the ships ar­riv­ing here have come from places more dis­tant — in which case they’ve been at sea for many days.’’

What­ever is­sues needed to be fixed — and how­ever the virus again got loose in New Zealand — Prof Baker said we could be cer­tain of one thing: the care­ful ac­tions of one per­son likely just saved the coun­try an­other Covid­19 headache.

‘‘This case also did all the right things in terms of seek­ing test­ing as soon as he de­vel­oped symp­toms.’’

It means that ev­ery sin­gle one of our ports is an in­ter­na­tional bor­der point and it puts our

mem­bers and the pub­lic at risk

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