South Africa keeps cruise vessel and cargo vessel off Cape Town

South Africa is holding cruise ship AIDAmira (IMO 9172777) and bulk carrier Corona (IMO 9169342) off Cape Town’s port limits after a crew member onboard one of the vessels showed signs of coronavirus, national ports operator Transnet said on Tuesday March 17th.

 “This is the first suspected case of Covid-19 in a South African sea-port,” said state-owned freight and logistics group Transnet.

Transnet said it was later established the suspect patient, a crew member onboard the Corona cargo vessel, had been on a flight with a fellow crew member and six passengers who boarded the MV AIDAmira at port.

The cargo vessel left Cape Town on March 11th, but the ship’s master contacted port authorities requesting to return on Monday after the patient started to exhibit symptoms of the virus.

The other six passengers on board the cruise vessel were quarantined as a precautionary measure for further medical checks, although they did not exhibit any symptoms, Transnet said.

The cruise liner, which had 1,240 passengers and 486 crew on board, was on returning from Namibia’s Walvis Bay.

1999-built, Italy-flagged, 48,123 gt AIDAmira is owned and managed Costa Crociere of Genoa, Italy. ISM manager is Carnival Maritime GmbH of Hamburg, Germany. It is entered with Steamship Mutual, UK Club, and Gard.

1999-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 26,862 gt Corona is owned by Coronado Ventures Corp care of manager AM Nomikos Transworld Maritime Agencies SA of Athens, Greece.