Union boss weighs in on Freo port virus crisis

The Maritime Union of Australia national president Christy Cain will Join The West Live today to discuss the unfolding coronavirus crisis at Fremantle Port.

The West Australian today revealed two Australian crew members from the coronavirus-infested Al Messilah were permitted to disembark before a mass outbreak was detected aboard — with one of the mariners then boarding a flight to NSW and the other travelling to a rural property near Busselton to self-isolate.

The situation became intense at the Port overnight after firefighters rushed to clean up a chemical spill on a container ship.

Several emergency services units, including from Fremantle and Claremont, responded to reports of a hazardous material spillage on board the Cosco Singapore about 7.20pm tonight.

The West Australian understands at least 20L of sodium O,O-diisobutyl dithiophosphate, a chemical which can cause severe skin burns and eye damage, spilled across the vessel’s deck.

Also joining podcast host Jenna Clarke, WA property analyst Grant Hegney will provide an update on what the local housing market is up to.

Sunrise Perth correspondent Matt Tinney will also bring us up to date on the latest news headlines.

After 9.15am, Perth Now editor Natalie Richards will be back on the podcast to share some quirky stories from across the State in her Wild West segment.


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