Cruise ship brings Filipino crews to Visayas and Mindanao
The 'Carnival Spirit' joined the flotilla of cruise ships at Manila Bay in the morning of April 25, 2020, with more than 500 Filipino crew members. The ship was expected to bring Filipino crews to Visayas and Mindanao, aside from crew who will disembark at Manila. The Philippine Coast Guard will allow cruise ships to dock after the 14-day quarantine monitored by the BOQ. The DOTr, in coordination with manning agencies and ship management, ordered the mandatory quarantine for Filipino crews due to the huge number of seafarers and lack of land facilities. By next week more cruise ships from P&O Australia, Holland America and Costa will be arriving in Manila to unload thousands more Filipino seafarers. Whether arriving by air or sea, OFWs would need a quarantine certificate from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and BOQ before reuniting with their families. The welfare agency would be the one to issue a certificate of length of stay, while the BOQ will issue a certificate of completion of quarantine. The certificates will serve as proof that they didn’t manifest any symptoms of COVID-19 and that they completed the 14-day quarantine. Upon arrival, OFWs without symptoms will be brought to a hotel or resort with proper accommodation and meals for their 14-day mandatory facility-based quarantine. OWWA will assist in transporting OFWs to the IATF-approved quarantine facilities where they will be closely monitored.
Man lost overboard
A young man went overboard the "Carnival Spirit" as it headed toward Noumea, New Caledonia, in March 29, 2019. The person was reported overboard near coast of Noumea at 1 a.m. The ship turned aroudn at 4 a.m. No trace was found of the 25 year old middle eastern man. Surveillance had seen the man falling into the sea. The ship had departed from Sydne on March 27th and was scheduled to arrive in Noumea, New Caledonia on March 30 at 8:00 a.m. The ship was scheduled to call on ports in Vanuatu and New Caledonia before returning to Sydney on April 7.
Medevac off Coffs
A passenger aboard the "Carnival Spirit" was being treated by a medical team on a cruise ship off the Coffs Coast on Jan 16, 2019. The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter winched a medical team onto the ship 40 nautical miles east of Coffs Harbour in the morning. Crews were treating the 70 year old patient on board for a medical condition. The helicopter has returned and landed at Coffs Harbour until it receives confirmation to return and winch patient and medical team from the "Carnival Spirit".Upload News