Costa Atlantica leaves Japan

Cruise ship Costa Atlantica (IMO 9187796), which has been docked in southern Japan for several weeks after nearly 150 crew members tested positive for Covid-19, has left the country and is now en route to the Philippines. The ship left Nagasaki on Sunday May 31st, more than a month after it became the second virus-stricken cruise ship to dock in Japan.

The vessel was moored at the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co yard where, since January, she had been undergoing a repair and refit period. Ironically the initial planned location for the repair in refit was China, but the vessel was diverted to Japan because in January the major Coronavirus threat was seen as being in China.

The Costa Atlantica docked for maintenance carrying 623 crew, most of whom were eventually quarantined inside the ship after 149 tested positive. There were no passengers on board.

Six of the crew remain hospitalized in a non-life-threatening condition, Nagasaki prefecture officials said, with the rest confirmed negative. They have left Nagasaki, with 126 aboard the ship bound for Manila, Nagasaki prefecture official Kenjo Ura told Reuters.

Nagasaki Prefecture Governor Hodo Nakamura on Sunday told reporters the outbreak revealed the “need for a system to grasp the health condition of crew members” when cruise ships enter Japan, including smooth information exchange with foreign cruise companies.

2000-built, Italy-flagged, 85,861 gt Costa Atlantica is owned by CSSC Carnival Italy Cruise of Genoa, Italy. ISM manager is Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual, With Gard and with UK Club.