Cruise ships allowed to dock after cleared from corona virus
More than 4,000 passengers and crew members from two cruise ships were allowed to leave in Phuket on Feb 13, 2020, after public health officials had cleared them of the corona virus. The 'Seabourn Ovation', which has 495 passengers and 470 crew members on board, anchored at the Phuket deep-sea port on Feb 13, returning from Malaysia's Langkawi Island. Everybody onboard, most of them European, were screened by public health officials before being given permission to step ashore. The Phuket Marine Office confirmed all passengers and crew on the ship had tested negative. The ship was anchored for just 10 hours before it departed for Singapore, ETA Feb 14. The 'Quantum of the Seas' with 3,100 passengers and crew on board, docked at Phuket's Patong pier, and everybody was allowed to disembark after their temperatures were tested. The ship then continued to Singapore, ETA Feb 14.
Quantum to homeport in Singapore for 6-month season
Royal Caribbean International will be returning Quantum of the Seas to Singapore for a six-month homeporting season from 2019 to 2020. It will be the longest Singapore deployment for a Quantum-class ship. Quantum currently operates from Shanghai year-round. When Quantum Ultra newbuild Spectrum of the Seas enters service in 2019, Quantum will move to Tianjin for seasonal operations. In Singapore, over 34 sailings from November 2019 to April 2020, the ship is expected to carry some 150,000 passengers. With this deployment, Royal Caribbean will increase its Singapore capacity by 30%.
Lost containers stranded 13.000 passengers
The "Quantum of the Seas" and the "Costa Serena" had to interrupt their approach to the Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal on May 11, 2017, after 37 containers loaded with waste paper scrap fell from the deck of the cargo m/v "Shungang 19" into the Yangtze River near Shanghai’s Wusongkou port in the night of May 10, blocking the waterway and stranding 13.000 passengers. The boxes overturned and dropped into the river at 9:57 p.m. while the "Shungang 19" loaded a total of 129 containers. Six containers have been salvaged after the rescue center with the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration dispatched 11 salvage ships, six tugs and 11 patrol boats to search, position and salvage the containers from the river. Two survey boats including the "Haixun 1668" from the center were scanning the waterway near the Wusongkou port to ensure the safety of other ships and boats in the Yangtze and Huangpu rivers. The waterway for cruise liners has been closed temporarily at the Wusongkou port due to the accident. The "Quantum of the Seas" and the "Costa Serena" had to anchor about two kilometers away. Some 13,000 passengers were scheduled to arrive or leave the terminal with the cruise ships. The terminal has been organizing the stranded passengers to rest and wait for the reopening of the waterway. Other passengers were suggested to wait for updated information before heading to the terminal. All the lost containers were expected to be removed in the run of the day. Report with photo: http://www.shanghaidaily.com/metro/Containers-fall-off-stranding-cruise-ships-and-passengers/shdaily.shtmlUpload News