- By Chezhian Vaiz April 27, 2020
Implementation of Standard operating Procedure (SOP) is paving way for more stranded Indian sailors to sign off from the Cruise vessels.
‘Ovation of the seas’ with nearly 1000 seafarers is likely to call at Indian ports to disembark the sailors. ‘Seven seas Voyager’ currently at UAE water having nearly 130 Indian crew on board is reaching Mumbai port soon to sign off the sailors. One more cruise ship owned by Fred Oslen Cruise Line with about 80 Indian seafarers also expected to sail to Mumbai for repatriation.
On April 23rd, ‘Marella Discovery’ cruise vessel with 145 Indian crew sailed to Mumbai and disembarked all the crew. All the crews were tested negative of COVID-19. And now all are under home quarantine monitored by the govt. of India.
After the outbreak of the Coronavirus around 23,000 Indian seafarers working in cruise ships are stranded at various ports. Since International flight services have been halted, their returning home is a hardship. SOP is a huge relief for the Indian seafarers and their families.