I have received word that two crew members of the Egyptian vessel Wadi AlArab jumped ship yesterday – presumably before it sailed. One of them was apparently apprehended in Amherst. I have heard no other reports of this incident from other sources.
Google however did lead to a CBC report from April 2003 that this vessel was quarantined off Halifax, as the first mate had died, apparently from Anthrax. The Stoies can be found Here and here.