Twelve weeks after the global cruise industry announced its suspension of service, and just as some cruise lines are exploring a return to service, the last eight cruise passengers aboard an ocean-going cruise ship have arrived home.
The German cruise ship Artania arrived in Bremerhaven, Germany completing a world cruise that began in January and which saw the ship caught in the midst of the global pandemic. Having sailed with over 1,000 passengers, the Artania reached Australia as the world began efforts to contain the virus.
Docking in Fremantle in late March, the cruise ship started a multi-week odyssey as passengers and crew became sick from the coronavirus with some being transferred to a local hospital or placed in quarantine onshore. At one point, the Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan demanded that the cruise ship depart, while the crew asked for permission to remain in port to complete its quarantine and a sanitation program.
Western Australia health authorities reported that by the time she was ready to leave in April that the Artania had been responsible for more than 80 cases of the virus with at least three passengers and one crew member having died. A 42-year old crew member who died in the hospital in Perth was at the time believed to be the youngest person to succumb to the virus in Australia.
The Artania finally departed Fremantle on April 17 after a three-week stay in port and onboard were eight passengers, who were reportedly medically unable to make a flight to Germany, along with approximately 400 crew members. The majority of her passengers and some of the crew had previously departed flying back to Germany, while a few others remained in an Australian hospital when the ship departed.
The ship’s operators, a German tour company called Phoenix Reisen, decided that before heading to Germany the Artania would transport additional crew members home. She made stops in Manila, departing at the beginning of May, and then at Port Klang, Malaysia, before the return voyage with the eight passengers and approximately 75 crew members.
The voyage home lasted approximately four weeks, including a refueling stop in Sri Lanka in mid-May. The cruise ship proceeded through the Suez Canal and continued on to Germany where she arrived on June 8.
Debarking in Germany, these people became the last cruise ship passengers to leave an ocean-going cruise ship. It was a unique distinction they earned in late April when three other cruise ships, Costa Cruises’ Costa Deliziosa, MSC Cruises’ MSC Magnifica, and Princess Cruises’ Pacific Princess, had all completed long ocean voyages also from Australia to disembark passengers from their respective world cruises.
While there are no longer any passengers on cruise ships at sea, the lines are continuing to use their cruise ships to deliver crew members home. In the Philippines, for example, five additional cruise ships carry more than 3,000 people that worked on the ship are expected to reach Manila during June, while other ships are sailing bound for the Caribbean as well as India, Indonesia, and Malaysia transporting crew home.
Officials have estimated that there as many as 200,000 seafarers across all segments of the shipping industry still at sea as the industry works to facilitate trips home or complete crew changes.
A massive fire broke out at the Port of Beirut on Thursday, incinerating a warehouse full of tires and oil within the port’s free zone. The same area was heavily damaged in the ammonium nitrate explosion that leveled the central port area and the adjacent waterfront on August 4. According to Lebanon’s civil defense agency, […]
Over the course of the past five days, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority arranged a medical intervention for an injured aboard a freighter in the Indian Ocean. On Saturday evening, the Spliethoff tweendecker Dolfijngracht called for assistance while under way about 1,000 nauical miles off the coast of Western Australia. A crewmember had sustained serious […]
The UK government’s new post-Brexit tariff regime will result in both winners and losers. The new regime is set to replace the European Union’s Common External Tariff from the end of the Brexit Transition Period on December 31, 2020. The UK’s commitment to the ongoing Brexit process and ending the UK’s transition from EU membership […]
The U-Freight Group (UFL), with its considerable involvement in eCommerce logistics, says that the latest statistics showing that global e-commerce sales hit $25.6 trillion in 2018 are a further vindication of its decision to enter this sector of the international freight market several years ago. The latest available estimates, up 8% from 2017, were recently […]
The First DP2, Twin-Hulled SOV in the World, NB72 Groene Wind met the Sea on September 29. 2020 in Yalova, Turkey. The Groene Wind will be directly chartered to Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for the maintenance of the Rentel and Mermaid & Seastar (known as SeaMade) offshore wind farms in Belgium. This is the first DP2, […]
DSV Belgium has solid experience in the transport of pharmaceutical products for different customers. With a pharma hub based at Brussels Airport a lot of experience and know-how has been built up over the years. Last weekend, the forwarder handled one hundred million mouth masks, an important milestone for its Belgian organisation that has put […]
Astral Aviation has increased its intra-African network with cargo freighters during the pandemic. While there has been a reduction in capacity to, from, and within Africa, which has been caused by a stoppage of passenger flights and limited frequencies on freighter aircraft, Astral Aviation continues to operate cargo freighters from its Nairobi hub to 13 destinations […]
The naval forces of the US and Bahrain recently staged a joint force training exercise which showcased the interoperability between coalition warships operating I the Arabian Gulf. Coalition Task Force Sentinel executed combined exercise Sentinel Shield supporting Sentry and Sentinel patrols in the coalition’s area of operations. The guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones and […]
Emirates SkyCargo has expanded its weekly scheduled cargo flight operations to cover 75 destinations across six continents. Through its wider reach, Emirates SkyCargo is able to transport essential commodities and other urgently needed cargo more rapidly across the world, allowing exporters and importers across markets to benefit from direct access to widebody cargo capacity. Some […]
With close to 100 daily cargo flights operated to a destination network spanning more than 65 cities across six continents, Emirates SkyCargo is delivering essential supplies and commodities to people around the world. The air cargo carrier is currently operating 11 Boeing 777 freighter aircraft, each with a capacity to transport about 100 tonnes of […]
Best known as a leading passenger airport serving Germany’s most populated federal state North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf has become transformed into a vital distribution point, during the COVID 19 pandemic, for medical equipment and other life-saving goods, mostly from China. Gerton Hulsman, managing director of cargo operations, reports that the handling teams are working hard to […]
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a Marine Accident Brief about an accident that occurred on April 15, 2019, involving the towing vessel DeJeanne Maria which struck the end of a submerged dredge pipeline while pushing two spud barges to the Gulf of Mexico. The incident occurred on the Mississippi River in Pass […]
Operators can continue to use pilots and other crew members who have unable to comply with certain training, recent experience, testing, and checking requirements due to the COVID-19 outbreak in support of essential operations. Additionally, this Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR) provides regulatory relief to certain persons and pilot schools unable to meet duration and […]
Global commercial aviation charter company Albion Aviation Group is reporting that it is seeing a considerable uptake in its professional cargo broker training courses from the current global pandemic crisis and surge in charter demand. “We have completed a number webinar courses for a whole of host of companies, looking to manage their own cargo […]
Callan Marine is serving as the prime contractor to the Texas Department of Transportation for a maintenance dredging project located at the Bolivar Ferry Terminal, in Galveston, Texas. Work began in May and is estimated to be complete in late July 2020. The project consists of the removal of 600,000 cubic yards of material and […]
Network Airline Management and TAAG Angola Airlines are pleased to announce the renewal of their long-term freighter aircraft contract by an additional 12 months, sealing an ongoing partnership for the foreseeable future. Operating a regular weekly scheduled service from Liege, Belgium, to the capital of Angola, Luanda, Network Airline Management provides a Boeing 747-400F aircraft […]