A cargo ship captain who sailed three weeks ago from a Chinese port has died while his vessel was on anchorage to load cargo at the Port of Gove, NT Police said.
It’s been reported there was no indication of illness on the ship pre-arrival, however an official cause of death has not been made public.
NT Police confirmed that the 48-year-old captain died while being on the Panama-flagged ship King Milo on Tuesday.
The vessel came from a 21-day voyage originating from Nantong Port in China. Details of the cargo shipments were not disclosed.
It is believed that the captain had been feeling ill while onboard, while his repatriation had been arranged.
The ship management had made arrangements with the NT Health authorities to have him disembark but the captain died while he was being stretchered to the wharf, Sky News reported.
The NT Health department has yet to release an official announcement if his death is related to COVID-19.
NT Police said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority has been notified and that the NT Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.