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  1. 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 somewhere to drop off or pick up fresh crew. Reasons can be inability to make flights from ports, reluctant port authorities not allowing them to go ashore and fly home, relief staff unable to get to ship(s) and crew unable to get hold of necessary visa to travel, because embassies world wide are also effected by lock downs. In all, a sad story and not a lot of interest is shown worldwide, about this continuing and even growing problem.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. KOS definitely stands for Sihanoukville Cambodia.
  5. 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.
  6. Can they do this with one's partner too? 😉
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. From the official blog upadate from HAL; https://www.hollandamerica.com/blog/ships/ms-westerdam/statement-regarding-westerdam-in-japan/ Westerdam is alongside in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, with 236 guests and 747 crew on board. The remainder of guests from the voyage departed Sihanoukville via charter flights to Phnom Penh yesterday and today and are in various stages of transit home.
  10. American woman from cruise ship tests positive again for coronavirus in Malaysia https://www.thejakartapost.com/seasia/2020/02/16/american-woman-from-cruise-ship-tests-positive-again-for-coronavirus-in-malaysia.html?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR14FO4-I5b-aCfKsWBX9P9SVvw8zyYymdxOGW43Bi3YdyysJrqiTYueMOk#Echobox=1581847111
  11. Reuters picked it up, but maybe from the same Malaysian source; https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-malaysia/american-from-cruise-ship-docked-in-cambodia-tests-positive-in-malaysia-for-coronavirus-idUSKBN2090IW
  12. Bad news: US woman from cruise ship is latest Covid-19 victim PETALING JAYA: The health ministry has tonight confirmed that an 83-year-old American woman tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases detected in Malaysia to 22. She was one of the passengers of a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia on Friday. The 1,500 passengers on the m.v. Westerdam disembarked at Sihanoukville port after the ship had been rebuffed by Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines and the U.S. territory of Guam She is reportedly in stable condition and is being treated at the isolation ward at the Sungai Buloh Hospital. Earlier today, two new cases were confirmed, both involving China nationals. https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2020/02/15/us-woman-from-cruise-ship-is-latest-covid-19-victim/?fbclid=IwAR1SZa35J_lzQOupNZ_3lAWwKcNvKIEQreuJ2vn1rc4cbwpYnjcCIjrxxaA
  13. I do not think there is a real deep thought behind this. As Thailand refused entry to the Westerdam, as a country you would like it to be known you mean what you say. In this way having a navy ship looking after you, is just showing that a country is looking after its territorial waters and interests.
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