Nearly 150 Covid-19 cases on Costa Atlantica

About a quarter of the 623 crew on moored passenger ship Costa Atlantica (IMO 9187796) have Covid-19, with 148 crew testing positive.

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

No passengers are on board.

On shore, Nagasaki has only seen a few infections, but Nagasaki has appealed to the national government for additional resources, should more of the crew require hospitalization. Two Costa Atlantica crewmembers have been hospitalized thus far.

Some of the crewmembers who have tested negative are to be repatriated within the week, beginning with crew from the Philippines and Indonesia. A chartered plane will undertake multiple flights.

Mitsubishi said at first that the crew had been required to stay on board after March 14th, but it has since acknowledged that some individuals were allowed to leave the vessel after a health screening process.

Two other Costa cruise ships, that were moored at Nagasaki, the 114,262 gt Costa Serena (IMO 9343132) and the 56,769 gt Costa Neoromantica (IMO 8821046), both Italy-flagged, departed on Sunday April 26th, bound for the Philippines.

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.