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Ships on the move:

 

Noticed both Le Bellot and Le Boreal are on the move, heading to Iceland (according to MarineTraffic.com).

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These safeguards are only as good as the tests which are not perfect:

 

Mystery as Argentine sailors infected with virus after 35 days at sea

https://news.yahoo.com/mystery-argentine-sailors-infected-virus-35-days-sea-035702418.html

 

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Ponant needs to be aware of another company's resumed sailing program and its consequences:

 

https://thepointsguy.com/news/covid-outbreak-hurtigruten-norway/

 

 

English-language article from newspaper in Svalbard, where the ship took its two fateful voyages:
 

At least 33 crew members aboard Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen during a voyage to Svalbard that ended Friday have tested positive for COVID-19, one day after officials initially reported two employees tested positive shortly before the ship docked.

 

In addition, all passengers from the trip and one the previous week during voyages in Svalbard since July 17 must be quarantined at the order of  Norwegian health authorities. One passenger from the first voyage tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

 

The initial reports of infects raised questions locally and globally – which are almost certain to intensify now – about whether cruises were allowed to resume too soon after a ban on them in Norway was enacted due to the pandemic…

 

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While the Bureau Veritas 'Safeguard' Label attempts to provide some level of comfort to the well being of its returning passengers, no mention is made of one of the most vulnerable problems on a ship, which is air circulation. 

 

Unless and until cruise companies install the new medical-grade H13 High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, the virus will continue to spread within the confines of a vessel, regardless of masks and other precautions.  These filters are estimated to remove 99.95% of all airborne pathogens that are 0.1 microns or larger. 

 

Cruise companies, in order to stay in business, will need to invest in the necessary adjustments.  

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9 hours ago, jonikal said:

Ponant needs to be aware of another company's resumed sailing program and its consequences:

 

https://thepointsguy.com/news/covid-outbreak-hurtigruten-norway/

 

 

English-language article from newspaper in Svalbard, where the ship took its two fateful voyages:
 

At least 33 crew members aboard Hurtigruten’s Roald Amundsen during a voyage to Svalbard that ended Friday have tested positive for COVID-19, one day after officials initially reported two employees tested positive shortly before the ship docked.

 

In addition, all passengers from the trip and one the previous week during voyages in Svalbard since July 17 must be quarantined at the order of  Norwegian health authorities. One passenger from the first voyage tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

 

The initial reports of infects raised questions locally and globally – which are almost certain to intensify now – about whether cruises were allowed to resume too soon after a ban on them in Norway was enacted due to the pandemic…

 

 

Apparently more and more infected. 

 

Cruising now anywhere is a terrible idea and reckless and this is why:

36 crew infected on Hurtigruten ship: Passengers disembarked, potentially exposing communities

https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2020/08/01/hurtigruten-cruise-line-33-crew-infected-covid-19-norway/5562151002/

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