Cruiseship companies have been caught by surprise by an unexpected announcement from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that replaces a 'no sail' with a 'conditional sail' order.
Carnival Corporation, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines have been putting significant pressure on US government officials and the CDC to allow sailing from US ports as soon as possible.
The Conditional Sailing Order includes initial phases of testing and additional safeguards for crew members for health and safety protection.
Subsequent phases will include simulated test and a phased return to passenger voyages.
Bursary gives seafarers £500 towards retraining during Covid pandemic
The initiative comes from an alliance of maritime welfare charities, industry and trade unions who have been working together to find solutions to the looming employment crisis and the inevitable impact on the health and welfare of merchant seafarers and their families.
Seafarer financial support on the table with maritime minister Robert Courts
Nautilus International general secretary Mark Dickinson has met with new maritime minister Robert Courts to discuss key issues on behalf of members, including Covid-19 support, Brexit, gender discrimination and the national minimum wage.
P&O's Pacific Dawn to become floating home for 'digital nomads'
P&O Cruises Australia has reportedly sold its 70,000 tonne Pacific Dawn cruise ship to a company which plans give the 14-deck vessel a new life as a floating community for nomad techies off the coast of Panama