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  1. Came across a dramatized promotional film about the port of Rotterdam. Story is narrated in Dutch unfortunately without subtitles, but in short is a story about a reporter showing an important foreign guest all of what the port of Rotterdam is about, back in 1956. (Waterfalls around minute five are not in the Netherlands, but show the river Rhine near its start in Switzerland and which end up in Rotterdam, where all the river traffic ends up). The film has footage of the SS Ryndam II at minute 11:34 arriving and departing again at minute 17:51. It also
  2. I believe from remembering how things worked with prior acceptance of Pinnacle class ships, inspection and certification was done during acceptance of the ship on the yard in Italy. People with more knowledge of these maritime and jurisdiction rules will be more capable of answering the question, but I do not think this will be an issue.
  3. On FB in the HAL fans group, there is some info posted every now and then by a group of HAL crewmembers on Bali Indonesia, who are frequently doing community service there, as a HAL group. They are also on YouTube. Frankly, I think a lot of people can learn a lot from these volunteers, no doubt sadly without a job or income, but still doing humanitarian community service as a group. Full credits go to the poster and to the fantastic HAL crew members!
  4. As to when and how fast the ships will be sailing again, I think that getting crew on board again (hotel department), will be as much challenging as it has been to get them off, so setting sail fast is not an option! Since all of them are at sea (anchor or other wise), there will also be maintenance that cannot be done at sea that has to be done before sailing, so.....
  5. As mentioned elsewhere on the boards, Maasdam and Veendam most likely will go to a new startup; http://blueseas-*****/
  6. Sad story, not only affecting those in the Cruise industry with on board positions, but this is the case world wide across the maritime industry in general. Thousands of seafarers from all nations are unable to be relieved and are stuck on board. Judging from the stories, I think those on board most of the cruise ships can consider themselves relatively lucky, catching a ride home to their respective home countries. Those on board other ships from the world maritime fleet are not that lucky, these ships continue their normal routes continuing their business and cannot sail specifically s
  7. Maybe it has to do something with incoming our outgoing crew and or maybe they have to order the fuel if this is a small port where not everything is easily available? Just guessing.
  8. I read somewhere that she would go out to sea, probably for fresh water and return on Sunday to bunker oil, before her final departure.
  9. KOS definitely stands for Sihanoukville Cambodia.
  10. Guests in capitol stranded in hotels, are slowly but surely cleared and get travel arrangements, including medical proof that they are virus free. At this moment, even HAL CEO is present in the hotel, to talk to the guests.
  11. Can they do this with one's partner too? 😉
  12. I applaud this new thread, however, if correct information is the base, I would not (in my oppinion) base this on wiki threads, but on the WHO site; https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
  13. This is where they are currently, none of them, other than Westerdam, is or has been in Asia in the last few weeks. Amsterdam is crossing the Pacific on her way to New Zealand and Australia from Chile, both Maasdam and Noordam are in the Oceanic region.
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