Noordam to make extended stay in Tauranga

The Noordam. Photo: Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

A cruise ship with no passengers on board will be making an extended stay in Tauranga later this week for an “unprecedented visit”.

The Port of Tauranga says regular cruise ship visitor Noordam will spend five nights in port following schedule changes. Only crew members will be on board.

Port of Tauranga chief operating officer Leonard Sampson says the layover is a unique event and local businesses will benefit from having several hundred crew members staying in the Bay of Plenty.

“The vessel has been operating in the South Pacific for the whole summer and all crew on board meet health authority requirements,” he says.

All cruise and cargo ships visiting Port of Tauranga strictly follow Ministry of Health regulations regarding the health status of the people on board.

Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, ship captains must also declare whether the ship or anyone else on board has been in a Covid-19 hot spot within 14 days.

In this unlikely scenario, those people would be banned from coming ashore.

Cruise Lines International Association members are currently denying boarding to any crew or passengers that have been in or transited through China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Iran or northern Italy within the past 14 days, or who have been in contact with anyone suspected or diagnosed as having Covid-19.

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Posted on 11-03-2020 10:43 | By jangar30

Looks as though the Noordam is on it’s way to Auckland after all?

A declaration...

Posted on 10-03-2020 12:44 | By morepork

...from the Captain is acceptable? In this day and age, shouldn’t the itinerary of a ship like this be a matter of record? We can track the position of almost ANY ship ANYWHERE in the World. When it comes to health checks we should be operating on actual data and not just someone’s word, no matter how good that is.