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Júlíus Geirmundsson
Photo: Hraðfrystihúsið Gunnvör.

COVID-Infected Crew Demands Captain’s Resignation

The crew of the trawler Júlíus Geirmundsson has sent a letter to the ship’s management demanding its captain’s resignation, RÚV reports. The captain and management have been criticised for their handling of a COVID-19 outbreak on the ship, which infected twenty-three of 25 crew members. The captain will undergo a maritime inquiry next week and also faces charges from five labour unions related to the incident.

Júlíus Geirmundsson stayed at sea for three weeks despite an outbreak of COVID-19 on board. Crew members have stated there was not enough medication on board to treat ill crew members, and some were forced to continue working while sick.

Declaration of No Confidence

The letter demanding the captain’s resignation is written and signed by a majority of the ship’s alternate crew, which was not on board at the time the outbreak occurred. The crew behind the letter is the one that most often works under the captain.

The letter is described as a declaration of no confidence in the captain and demands his resignation. It states that his behaviour and decisions have created an undercurrent that has now come to light. The management of Hraðfrystihúsið Gunnvör, which operates the ship, declined to comment on the letter when approached by RÚV reporters.

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Incident Being Investigated

An investigation into the incident by the Westfjords Police Department is now in its final stages. Last Friday, the Reykjanes District Court ruled in support of a maritime inquiry into the incident. Court proceedings will begin on Monday in the Westfjords District Court with witness testimony. The captain and the company that operates the trawler both face charges from five labour unions related to the incident.

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