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CF Sharp sets up Covid-19 testing centre in Manila

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Crew specialist CF Sharp has established its own coronavirus (Covid-19) testing centre in Manila, the Philippines to speed up its crew change process.

The Philippines and Singapore-based crewing company said the facility houses two testing booths and can process up to 50 crew each day, with a swab test taking only three minutes to perform.

The Covid-19 testing is conducted at the company’s Seafarer Family Center in Manila.

“Having our own test centre means we can control the procedure and ensure crew are processed promptly and receive their results in good time to facilitate their on bound journey either home or to their vessel. Speeding up the testing regime also saves ship operators money which is important since crew change costs around the globe have almost doubled as a result of the pandemic,” said Roger Storey, managing director of CF Sharp Crew Management.

CF Sharp, which earlier this year repatriated more than 12,000 crew members from cruise ships around the world, is now using its expertise to assist with crew changes for commercial vessels docked off the Philippine coast.

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