The 86 crew members of cruise ship Greg Mortimer (IMO 9834648), which has been stranded in Uruguayan waters since March 27th, were reported to have begun their evacuation to Montevideo on Tuesday May 12th.
This was said to have followed a recent outbreak of Covid-19 on board, the Uruguayan government said.
At least 37 cases of infection were said to have been detected in the past few days, officials said. This prevented plans for the ship to travel to the Spanish port of Las Palmas, which had been the original planned destination for the tourist trip. The vessel is operated by Australian company Aurora Expeditions. The small, new vessel was on a voyage to Antarctica and South Georgia with, leaving the Argentine port of Ushuaia on March 15th.
The Uruguayan government and company officials decided to disembark the crew in Montevideo after several days of talks. They will be divided into two groups, based on those who tested positive, and provided with shoreside accommodation, officials said.
The 128 passengers on board, mainly from the US, UK, Sweden, France, Holland, Canada, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand (mostly UK, Australia and NZ), were evacuated in two groups on April 10th and April 15th. The ship’s crew stayed on board to complete a quarantine period (IMO, April 8th 2020).
2019-built, Bahamas-flagged, 8,035 gt Greg Mortimer is owned by Greg Mortimer Owner Ltd care of manager Sunstone Ships Inc of Miami, Florida. ISM manager is Cruise management Intl Inc of Miami, Florida. It is entered with American Club.