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Passengers disembarked in Lisbon
More than 1,000 passengers aboardthe 'MSC Fantasia' which docked in Lisbon on March 22, 2020, will be flown back to their home countries on March 24 even though a fellow passenger tested positive for coronavirus. The passengers, mostly from the European Union, Britain, Brazil and Australia, have been waiting for repatriation efforts to begin since the ship arrived. Authorities in Portugal initially said all passengers would stay on board until they had been tested for the virus but only Portuguese passengers ended up getting the test. The 39 Portuguese citizens and residency permit holders on board were given the green light to disembark on March 23. One tested positive for the coronavirus and they were all in isolation at home.
Bureau Veritas Certifies MSC Cruise Ship Scrubber Retrofit
Bureau Veritas S.A. (Bureau Veritas) has granted MSC Cruises' MSC Fantasia a Marine Equipment Directive (MED) Certificate, indicating the 150,000 DWT cruise ship's recently installed exhaust gas cleaning system has passed the relevant MARPOL test, World Maritime News reports. The certificate is said to indicate that the vessel's exhaust gas scrubber equipment aligns with the EU Marine Equipment Directive requirements. MSC Fantasia and MSC Preziosa are noted to be the first of the company's fleet to receive the Yara Marine Technologies (Yara) hybrid SOx exhaust gas cleaning systems. http://shipandbunker.com/news/world/885010-bureau-veritas-certifies-msc-cruise-ship-scrubber-retrofit
Cruise ship altered course due to stormy weather
MSC confirmed that the course alteration of the "MSC Fantasia" took place for safety reasons due to bad weather in the Heraklion region. The captain decided to head for the Souda bight 80 miles west of Herakliaon which was more sheltered. The ship berthed on Jan 16, 2016, at 9 a.m. without problems in the ferry port.Upload News