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MORE THAN HALF THE CREW OF USNS LEROY GRUMMAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

May 13th 2020

More than half the 50-person crew of the MSC fleet replenishment oiler USNS LEROY GRUMMAN has tested positive for Covid-19.

The ship has been drydocked at Boston Ship Repair since January.

All members of the crew have now been tested, according to Military Sealift Command management.

The entire crew, including crewmembers who are infected and those who have potentially been exposed, are quarantined at a contracted berthing/hotel until May 20.

On March 21, MSC imposed a fleetwide “gangway-up” policy that exclusively applies to Civil Service mariners.

The licensed deck officers aboard USNS LEROY GRUMMAN and other MSC vessels, including the hospital ships COMFORT and MERCY, are represented by the MM&P Federal Employees Membership Group.

The union has filed a grievance because the gangway-up order does not apply to other US Navy crew members who are employed aboard the same vessels, or to dozens of contractors, shipyard workers and other shoreside Navy and MSC personnel who board the vessels on a daily basis.

MM&P has repeatedly stated that it is the union’s contention that the MSC-directed CIVMAR-only gangway-up order increases the risk of exposure to the virus because it allows all others aboard ship to come and go, enabling them to embark while infected but asymptomatic.

Five MSC ships have now become infected with the Covid-19 virus.