Ruby Princess docks south of Sydney

Cruise ship Ruby Princess (IMO 9378462) docked south of Sydney, New South Wales, on April 6th to get help for sick crew members, who required urgent medical treatment.

The Ruby Princess, which is currently the target of a criminal investigation led by the NSW homicide squad, has more than 1,000 crew still on board. The passengers disembarked in mid-March, without health checks, leading to recriminations as to which authority was responsible for the error.

There have been at least 360 Covid-19 cases, associated with the vessel, and at least six deaths.

NSW Police said on Monday that the vessel could remain in place for up to 10 days, but the crew would not disembark unless approved by state authorities.

Sick crew members were being treated on board or transferred to hospital, police said. The vessel would be refuelled in preparation for departure.

The investigation into Ruby Princess protocols will focus on communications and the actions that led to the docking and disembarking of the ship. There will be an investigation into whether biosecurity laws or state laws were broken.

The Ruby Princess cruise to New Zealand left Sydney on March 8th and returned to Sydney and docked on March 18th. There were 2,647 passengers on board who disembarked in Sydney. All were advised to self-isolate at home or in their accommodation for a period of 14 days as part of the management of returned travellers, in accordance with the Public Health Order for quarantine that is in place in New South Wales.

Carnival Australia said on Monday that it would be cooperating with the investigation.

The ship docked at Port Kembla on Monday. From mid-March the Australian government banned cruise ships from docking except for emergencies.

2008-built, Bermuda-flagged, 113,561 gt Ruby Princess is owned by Princess Cruise Lines of Valencia, California, USA. It is entered with Steamship Mutual and with UK Club.