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Steam Packet chair tells crew Covid protocols followed “correctly”

Letter follows investigation by non-executive directors

A letter from Isle of Man Steam Packet Chairman Lars Ugland reassures crew they have not broken any Covid-19 protocols, particularly in relation to self-isolation of Manx resident staff.
 
Manx Radio has seen a copy of the communication which is dated Monday 1 March.
 
It follows confusion between the company and government over a direction notice issued to the operator.

The current community spread of Covid-19 is thought to be traced back to an 'index case' identified in a Manx-based Steam Packet crew member.
 
The letter says “working away from home, sometimes in dangerous conditions and always in a highly regulated environment, is not a career for everybody. Unfortunately, this is not always appreciated by people who do not have an understanding of working at sea.”
 
The chairman says this has been proven during the last week and “rumours and misinformation” over the protocols has caused “distress and mistrust for all concerned”.
 
An investigation by the non-executive directors was “completely satisfied that the protocols and our application of them, with particular regard to self-isolation of Manx resident crew, have been adhered to correctly”.
 
The results of this investigation have been sent to government.

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