Holland America to get Covid-19 test kits to the Zaandam

Holland America Line has dispatched another vessel, the Rotterdam, to meet up and transfer supplies, personnel and COVID-19 test kits to cruise ship Zaandam (IMO 9156527).

Zaandam is currently under way from Chile to Florida, via the Panama Canal, with 77 individuals suffering influenza-like symptoms on board. Of these, 47 were crewmembers. There were no coronavirus test kits on board and all ports along Zaandam’s route were closed, so the Rotterdam, also a Holland America vessel, will travel south from Puerto Vallarta to bring her the necessary supplies and staff for testing. The vessels will meet up off Panama on the evening of March 26th.

Holland America said that its intention was to proceed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for arrival on March 30th, although plans were still somewhat fluid. Alternative options were being developed.

Passengers and non-essential crew have been quarantined in their staterooms.

Zaandam was refused permission to disembark passengers in Punta Arenas on March 14th because Chile closed its borders the day before. Her voyage was scheduled to end in San Antonio, Chile on March 21st.

2000-built, Netherlands-flagged, 61,396 gt Zaandam is owned by HAL Antillen NV care of Holland America Line NV of Seattle, Washington state, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and with UK P&I Club.