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World TUI cruise ship docks in Piraeus, repeat COVID test for 12 crew negative

11:15  29 september  2020
11:15  29 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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ATHENS (Reuters) - A cruise ship carrying about 920 passengers was expected to dock at Piraeus port near Athens, after 12 of its crew The ship 's operators TUI Cruises said six of the 12 had since tested negative . "The vessel will most likely return to Piraeus port for repeat rapid COVID -19 tests ."

A dozen cruise crew members have tested positive for the novel coronavirus on the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship in Greece operated by Germany's TUI The ship has more than 1,500 people on board, including more than 900 passengers. The ship was reported to be the first cruise vessel to dock in

ATHENS (Reuters) - A cruise ship carrying about 920 passengers docked at Piraeus port near Athens early on Tuesday and a repeat test for 12 of its crew members was negative for the coronavirus, a Greek health ministry official said.

a store inside of a building: Passengers stand at the balconies of the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship moored at the dock of Piraeus after some of the crew members tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Piraeus © Reuters/COSTAS BALTAS Passengers stand at the balconies of the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship moored at the dock of Piraeus after some of the crew members tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Piraeus Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship is moored at the dock of Piraeus after some of the crew members tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Piraeus © Reuters/COSTAS BALTAS Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship is moored at the dock of Piraeus after some of the crew members tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Piraeus

The Mein Shiff 6, operated by TUI Cruises, departed from Heraklion in Crete on Sunday with all passengers having tested negative before boarding.

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ATHENS (Reuters) - A cruise ship carrying about 920 passengers and sailing off the Greek island of Milos was likely to dock at Piraeus port later on Monday after 12 of its crew members were found to be positive for the The vessel will most likely return to Piraeus port for repeat rapid COVID -19 tests

A cruise ship carrying about 920 passengers and sailing off the Greek island of Milos was likely to dock at Piraeus port later on Monday after 12 of its crew There are PCR test kits on board. The vessel will most likely return to Piraeus port for repeat rapid COVID -19 tests ,” an official at the Civil

But sample tests on 150 crew members out of a total of 666, detected 12 infections, and the ship had to return to Piraeus, the country's biggest port, with better access to health services and equipped to deal with any emergency.

TUI Cruises said late on Monday that a second round of tests held on board showed that half of the crew found positive earlier had since tested negative.

a large glass window: Crew members sanitise a table as the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship is moored at the dock of Piraeus after some of the crew members tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Piraeus © Reuters/COSTAS BALTAS Crew members sanitise a table as the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship is moored at the dock of Piraeus after some of the crew members tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Piraeus

On Tuesday morning, a health ministry official said that repeat tests for the rest of the 12 crew members conducted en route to Piraeus were also negative.

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Crew members who tested positive for coronavirus on a cruise ship carrying almost 1,000 passengers have now received negative results following a retest. A dozen staff had, at first, been confirmed as having Covid -19 following routine tests on 150 of the 666-strong crew – but now at least six have

On Monday TUI spokesman Kuzey Alexander Esener said that none of the 12 crew members were Esener added that the ship would stick with its original itinerary and leave for Piraeus on Tuesday. British cruise line Cunard halted some sailings until May, and Miami-headquartered Crystal Cruises

Greek health authorities boarded the ship on Tuesday morning and conducted a third test, the official said, adding that results were expected later in the day.

a large ship in a body of water: Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship is moored at the dock of Piraeus after some of the crew members tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Piraeus © Reuters/COSTAS BALTAS Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship is moored at the dock of Piraeus after some of the crew members tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Piraeus

TUI Cruises has said that the affected crew on the ship, which made its way back to Piraeus from off the island of Milos, have been isolated, adding that all crew members would be tested.

Health Ministry officials enter the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship moored at the dock of Piraeus after some of the crew members tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Piraeus © Reuters/COSTAS BALTAS Health Ministry officials enter the Mein Schiff 6 cruise ship moored at the dock of Piraeus after some of the crew members tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Piraeus

The cruise industry has taken a major hit from the pandemic, with some of the earliest large clusters of COVID-19 occurring aboard cruise ships.

Voyages of large cruise ships only resumed in recent weeks in Greece after they were banned for months.

TUI Cruises is a cruise line based in Germany.

(Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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