USCG takes tough stance on cruise ships

In a letter issued last week, the US Coast Guard (USCG)7th District ordered cruise ships to prepare to treat any sick passengers and crew on board ship, while being sequestered ‘indefinitely’ offshore during the coronavirus pandemic. The 7th District covers Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and [Read more...]

2020-04-02T09:15:34+00:00 April 2nd, 2020|Safety|

HAL’s cruise ships to transit Panama Canal

Panama's Ministry of Health has given Holland America Line (HAL) permission for the ’Zaandam’ and ‘Rotterdam’ to transit the Panama Canal. Last Friday, it was reported that four elderly passengers on the ‘Zaandam’ had died of coronavirus; 138 more reported flu-like symptoms associated with the virus. Of several passengers who were [Read more...]

2020-03-29T11:18:30+00:00 March 29th, 2020|Safety|

MV Werften stops production for four weeks

German shipbuilder MV Werften has stopped production at its yardsin Wismar, Rostock and Stralsund, as the coronavirus pandemic spreads in Europe. On 22nd March, the three shipyards halted their current ship construction projects for four weeks, which mainly involve parent Genting’s newbuilding cruise ships. MV [Read more...]

2020-03-26T22:32:46+00:00 March 26th, 2020|Safety|

MedCruise shows support

In a statement, MedCruise Association has said that it would like to show its support to all of its port members and associate members that are dealing the impact of the outbreak of COVID-19, as well as to all the cruise industry community and partners. [Read more...]

2020-03-26T22:25:48+00:00 March 26th, 2020|Safety|

How Inmarsat is helping with COVID-19

Inmarsat Maritime President Ronald Spithout (pictured) says providing crews with enhanced levels of connectivity and support is critical at this unprecedented time, and offers an insight into the work already underway with welfare organisations to assist seafarers in need Given Inmarsat’s position as the leading [Read more...]

2020-03-27T07:13:28+00:00 March 26th, 2020|Safety|

Hurtigruten halts operations

In response to the global coronavirus outbreak, Hurtigruten is to cease its entire operations until the end of April. “To temporarily suspend operations was a difficult decision to make. And it’s an emotional moment for me and the entire Hurtigruten team. But I firmly believe [Read more...]

2020-03-19T07:49:40+00:00 March 19th, 2020|Safety|