Cruiseship MS Marina drops off Puerto Rican crew in San Juan
Anchors off of Isla Grande airport
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Ports Authority, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Puerto Rico Department of Health, helped repatriate three Puerto Rican crew members aboard Oceania Cruises’ MS Marina ship, Ports Executive Director Joel A. Pizá Batiz announced.
The MS Marina, the Ports chief added, arrived Monday morning in the Echo anchorage post, on the outskirts of Isla Grande, to allow three Puerto Rican crew members to disembark, as part of a crew member repatriation mission of Norwegian Cruise lin, of which Oceania Cruises is a subsidiary, across the Caribbean region.
The cruise began the mission on May 23 from the Port of Miami.
“During the return of these citizens, the MS Marina did not dock at any time on a pier in the bay of San Juan. Only the three Puerto Rican crew members got off the cruise using a boat from the ship. As a precautionary measure, the three crew members underwent serological and molecular tests of the Covid-19 by personnel from the Health Department, as soon as they went ashore,” Pizá said.
“Both staff from the Office of Epidemiology and Research, as well as from the Public Health Laboratory were involved in this effort to ensure that these Puerto Ricans are administered tests, both serological and molecular. Upon arriving in Puerto Rico, they were advised about the protocols established by the Department of Health and the government of Puerto Rico for travelers arriving in the island. Said crew members will receive constant follow-up and guidance to be sure about the status of their health, as well as guarantee that they follow the established recommendations,” Health Secretary Lorenzo González Feliciano said.
The Ports executive director added that, after leaving the three crew members, MS Marina was allowed to refuel before continuing with on its mission.
“Following the guidelines issued by Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced in mid-March, today we were able to successfully receive these three repatriated Puerto Rican crew members without the cruiseship docking at a dock in San Juan. We continue to take all necessary measures to minimize the possible transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the island,“ Pizá added.
Oceania Cruises’ Marina disembarked some of its passengers in Miami in late March after having been denied disembarkation in both Lima and Santiago, according to the Maritime Executive.