Vanuatu cargo ship fire: safety authority investigating

The authority's commissioner, Less Napuati, said other relevant government institutions such as the environment department were due to fly to Malekula to assess the ship, and how it would affect the people and marine resources of the area.

Eight crew members fled the vessel on Wednesday and by early Thursday local time fire-fighters had extinguished the blaze.

One crew member was injured and flown to Luganville hospital.

Two Covid-19 cases confirmed on ship suspected over New Zealand case

The boat is the suspected source of an infection in a New Zealand port worker.

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said all 19 crew aboard the Sofrana Surville have now been tested.

The ship was ordered to anchor off the coast of Mooloolaba instead of docking in Brisbane as planned.

The engineer's strain of Covid-19 had never before been detected in New Zealand, and has not been seen in Australia.