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The Sofrana Surville container ship which carried one passenger who tested positive to COVID-19 came from Auckland before anchoring off the Sunshine Coast.

The case has been reported as a strain of the virus that may not have been recorded in Australia, which has sparked health fears.

It was detected by New Zealand health authorities to alerted their Australian counterparts to the virus risk.

An engineer working on the vessel who tested positive has remained in New Zealand, Queensland Health confirmed.

The authorities say genomic testing of the engineer's virus found it had never before been detected in New Zealand.

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The engineer was believed to have caught the virus while working on the Sofrana Surville off Auckland on October 12 and 13.

Queensland Health said all remaining crew aboard the ship would be tested and that there were no confirmed cases currently on the ship.

"All crew aboard the MV Sofrana Surville will be tested following confirmation that a worker with COVID-19 was on-board the vessel while it was docked in New Zealand," a Queensland Health representative said.

"Queensland Health, Maritime Safety Queensland and the shipping agent are working together to support and monitor the health of the crew. The vessel will remain anchored off Queensland during this time.

"There are no confirmed cases currently on the ship."

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According to the New Zealand's Ministry of Health, the vessel travelled from Brisbane to Tauranga and then to Auckland, where eight crew joined it from the Philippines.

"They had flown into New Zealand and were released from managed isolation on October 13," a Ministry of Health statement read.

"Crew who fly into New Zealand and have a few days before boarding a vessel are required to stay in a managed isolation facility, however, not if the vessel is leaving port that day."

The Sofrana Surville is the second cargo ship that has come onto the radar of health authorities after theHokkaido bulk carrier had a crew member test positive to the virus in July.


According to website Marine Traffic, the Sofrana Surville's reported destination is Brisbane, however it has been prevented from reaching the port by Queensland Health.

The ship is sailing under the flag of Liberia.

It is classed as a container ship and it was built 11 years ago.

The ship's overall length is 142.7m and width of 22.6m.


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October 4: Brisbane

October 10: Tauranga, New Zealand

October 11: Auckland, New Zealand

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