Cruise ship disembarks Filipino crew members
Members of the Philippine Coast Guard patrolled the Eva Macapagal Super Terminal as the 'Pacific Explorer' docked on April 29, 2020, to allow its Filipino crew members to disembark. They were allowed to disembark after a 14-day quarantine on the ship and another 14 days after they disembark. The Coastguard was monitoring seven cruise ships with Filipino crew members in Manila Bay. Report with photo: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/multimedia/photo/04/29/20/filipino-crew-members-ready-to-disembark-from-ship
Passengers with Chinese passports forced to debark in Cairns
Passengers holding Chinese passports aboard the 'Pacific Explorer' were forced to debark the ship in Cairns on Jan 31, 2020, following Singapore’s decision to ban all travellers holding Chinese passports from entering the country. A total of 81 people were transported by buses waiting at Cairns cruise terminal to other accommodation. The ship departed Sydney on Jan 28 prior to the ban being introduced. The 'Pacific Explorer' was due to arrive in Singapore on Feb 11. To cause the least inconvenience for these guests, a decision was made for a compassionate disembark in Cairns on Feb 1. However, it was described by P&O as a “disappointing outcome” since all guests had satisfied P&O’s strict embarkation screening arrangements prior to boarding. But the Singapore measure had been introduced after the 'Pacific Explorer' departed Sydney on Jan 28 giving P&O little choice other than to assist guests affected by the Singapore decision in the most caring and dignified manner possible.
"Pacific Explorer" spilled 27,000 litres of food waste and grey water into Great Barrier Reef marine park
The "Pacific Explorer" spilled 27,000 litres of food waste and grey water into the Great Barrier Reef marine park on Aug 26, 2018, a Senate estimates hearing has heard. The Greens senator Larissa Waters told the hearing a report from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority – which was investigating the incident – had been supplied to her anonymously. The report said the spill occurred after food waste was transferred to the "Pacific Explorer"’s galley holding tank due to a shortage in capacity in its food waste tanks. Waste from the galley tank was then discharged by engineers in the marine park. The report said the vessel became aware of the incident late on Aug 27. The hearing heard P&O reported the spill to the AMSA but the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority was not informed until Sep 4. The authority said it would supply more information on notice, including whether the incident had been made public, and what, if any, environmental impact had occurred. The authority’s chairman, Russell Reichelt, later made a statement to the hearing that the AMSA was still investigating. A pilot was on board the vessel and the marine park authority was advised of that report on the Sep 4. After the hearing, Waters questioned why the incident had not been made public. She also expressed concern the vessel was one of the ships being leased for events as part of November’s Apec summit in Port Moresby. P&O said the company had self-reported to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority that it was suspected there had been an unintentional discharge of a limited amount of pulped and sieved food waste while the "Pacific Explorer" was off the coast of Queensland. Any unintentional discharge of food waste would have been in the order of seven cubic metres. It was an isolated incident and the cruise line was cooperating with AMSA’s investigation.Upload News