Cruise ship rejected by Japan returns to Taiwan

Cruise ship Superstar Aquarius (IMO 9008421), which was turned away from Japan because of nCoV fears returned to Taiwan on Saturday February 8th. Everyone on board tested negative for the illness.

Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung boarded the vessel as soon as she docked at the northern port city of Keelung, leading a team of medical staff to perform health screening of the 1,738 passengers and 776 crew. In the evening the authorities announced that the tests showed that no one had the coronavirus. It was understood that Japan turned the vessel away because 41 of the passengers on board had recently travelled to China.

Chen told a press conference before boarding the ship that all passengers could go home later in the day and self-monitor their health condition afterwards, provided no one tested positive for the virus The ship had left Keelung on Tuesday for a four-day round-trip cruise, but was denied permission to dock in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. Taiwan has also implemented a ban on cruise ships from calling in the island’s ports, but an exception was made for the Super Star Aquarius due to the high proportion of Taiwanese passengers.

1993-built, Bahamas-flagged, 51,309 gt Superstar Aquarius is owned by Superstar Aquarius Ltd Ltd care of manager Genting Cruise Lines of Kuala Lumpur. It is entered with Gard O&I Clkub on behalf of Superstar Aquarius Ltd. Claims Leader for H&M is Swedish Club on behalf of Star Cruises Ship Management Sdn Bhd.