Stena Line ferry departing Liverpool held overnight as crew test positive for Covid-19

More than 300 passengers on a ferry have been kept onboard overnight after six members of the crew tested positive for coronavirus.

Stena Superfast VIII departing from Belfast Harbour picture: PA
Stena Superfast VIII departing from Belfast Harbour picture: PA

The Stena Line ship, due to travel from Merseyside to Belfast, was held overnight at Birkenhead on Tuesday due to the outbreak.

It is understood six crew members tested positive and the passengers were expected to disembark on Wednesday morning.

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A spokesman for the ferry operator said: "Stena Line can confirm that six members of the crew of the Stena Edda have tested positive for Covid-19 last night.

"In line with our safety protocols we alerted the Port Health Authorities, who advised us to hold the vessel in Birkenhead as a precaution."

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