Eight crew of cruise liner Black Watch test positive for coronavirus

Eight crew members of Fred Olsen Lines cruise ship Black Watch (IMO 7108930), which has been moored in the Firth of Forth, have tested positive for coronavirus. The ship has no guests on board and had been operating with reduced crew levels. She was one of four cruise ships, the others being Balmoral, Boudicca, and Braemar, that had been  anchored near Rosyth after the firm suspended cruise operations in the middle of last month.

Fred Olsen said that as well as eight crew members testing positive for the virus, results were awaited on six others. The company said that the cruise ship was “operating under the current guidance from Public Health England. Each crew member is occupying their own cabin, each with a balcony. There are no social gatherings on board. Crew are only leaving their cabins to perform essential duties, which includes bridge watch, engine watch and the preparation of food. “Those who have received a positive diagnosis or who are feeling unwell are not undertaking any duties.”

Braemar suffered a Covid-19 infection last month in the Caribbean, resulting in hundreds of passengers being flown back to the UK.

1972-built, Bahamas-flagged, 28,613 gt Black Watch is owned by Black Watch Cruise Ltd care of manager Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd of Ipswich, UK. It is entered with Skuld (Business Unit Skuld Oslo 2) on behalf of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Ltd.