The location of the crews of lay-up cruise ships

The location of the crews of lay-up cruise ships

May 13, 2020 - TheCruise Lines International Association (CLIA) comments on the situation of the crews of lay-up cruise ships. The organization executes that currentlyall cruise lines have stopped operating due to the global corona pandemic. The repatriation of the unemployed crew members is currently only possible to a limited extent. The CLIA requests the crews' home countries to allow crew members to be replaced. The CLIA specifically addresses Mein Schiff 3. Few cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed on board this ship.

All cruise lines have suspended their ship operations due to the global corona pandemic. Official requirements and technical conditions require crews on board the ships to a certain extent. This is the only way to ensure the safe operation and readiness of the ships to sail. Few crew members are required for emergency operation.

Mein Schiff 3

Mein Schiff 3


In addition to this technically required minimum crew, there are other employees on some cruise ships. They are waiting to be allowed to return to their home countries. Travel restrictions in the home countries and canceled flight connections make the journey home more difficult. Cruise companies seek charter flights or bring thousands of crew members to their home countries with their own cruise lines. However, there are significant problems with the repatriation of workers.

The CLIA emphasizes that the federal government and the responsible authorities in Germany are acting in an exemplary manner in this regard. A departure from Germany is permitted under the applicable conditions such as social distancing or wearing mouth and nose protection. The problem lies in the entry into the home countries.

Mein Schiff 3 - in front of Fort de France / Martinique

Mein Schiff 3 - in front of Fort de France / Martinique


There are currently 16 unemployed cruise ships in German territorial waters. On board a ship that Mein Schiff 3, nine cases of COVID-19 illness were identified. Those affected are in quarantine facilities on land. Unnecessary labor has been repatriated by TUI Cruises since last week. As of Monday this week, 1.200 employees were back in their home countries.

 

 

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