Brazil bars crew members from disembarking cruise ship

A Brazilian court has barred crew members from disembarking from cruise ship Costa Fascinosa (IMO 9479864), which is anchored with no passengers at the port of Santos.

Last week, seven crew members developed symptoms consistent with Covid-19 and were taken ashore and sent to local hospitals, a spokesperson for the shipping company Costa Crociere said.

All passengers on the ship, which has a capacity for 3,800 passengers and crew, were disembarked at Santos on March 17th.

Judge Alexandre Saliba ruled on Monday that only crew members who needed medical assistance would be allowed disembark.

The judge ordered the Santos Port Authority to coordinate with Brazil’s health surveillance agency Anvisa and Sao Paulo state and local health departments in case more crew members needed to disembark to get medical attention.

The cruise operator said its ship was in “voluntary quarantine” before the ruling and that it would remain so. “All necessary health measures are being taken and the company is diligently following guidelines from local health authorities,” the company said.

Costa said there was a doctor on the ship who was responsible for assessing the crew’s health.

The Santos Port Authority said only that it was a priority to protect the health and safety of the port’s workers, its users and the surrounding population.

2012-built, Italy-flagged, 113,321 gt Costa Fascinosa is owned by Costa Crociere SpA of Genoa, Italy. ISM manager is Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual, Gard and UK Club.