Mark McGowan has urged the Federal Government to stop a grain ship berthing at Kwinana after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19. The MV Emerald Indah was forced to divert to Geraldton Port on Monday after the crew member became “very unwell” with COVID-like symptoms. He later tested positive for COVID-19 at Geraldton hospital and was airlifted to Perth. The man arrived in on a Royal Flying Doctor flight wrapped in a blanket and hooked up to oxygen with medical staff assisting him dressed in full protective gear. The ship, operated by MSI Ship Management Limited, has set sail from Geraldton and is expected to arrive at Kwinana about 4pm today. Mr McGowan said the ship had most recently been in Indonesia, with the Marine Traffic website showing it left Indonesia six days ago and recently berthed at Surabaya and Jakarta. “I was informed that one crew member reported illness and deteriorated quickly,” Mr McGowan said. “Due to the weather he could not be heli-vaced off the ship. The MV Emerald Indah was able to berth at Geraldton. “The crew member was taken to Geraldton Hospital and placed in quarantine. He subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.” The ship was originally expected to berth at CBH’s Kwinana Grain Terminal on Monday to load 50,000 tonnes of wheat. Mr McGowan said the situation was “less than ideal” but the crew member had been managed with the “appropriate infection prevention and control prevention” measures. He said the man was only attended to by fully-vaccinated staff. “We want to reinforce there is no current health risk to the Geraldton community. All other crew members are reported as being well,” Mr McGowan said. “The ship is currently on en route to Kwinana, however, it is my preference the ship is turned around and leaves Australian waters. “We are working with Federal authorities to try to ensure the ship sails away immediately. This is the outcome we want and it needs to happen.” Mr McGowan said the rapidly-changing situation was a reminder of the “risks and challenges” COVID-19 posted. An Australian Marine Safety Authority spokeswoman said it was working to ensure the welfare of the crew remaining on board. “AMSA continues to work closely with the ship’s operator MSI Ship Management Limited (Singapore) and West Australian agencies, including the Department of Health and WA Police, to ensure that the remaining seafarers health and welfare are being considered in any State Government decision,” she said. It is the second time a COVID scare has unfolded at CBH’s Kwinana Grain Terminal after the bulk carrier BM Matsuyama docked with an unwell crew member on board in December, after departing Manila on August 20 and stopping in Singapore on November 25. That crew member was later cleared of COVID-19 and it departed on December 9.