Acceptable risk?

Brenda Steele:

On 5th May  this article   revealed a plan that caused concern

  Peel Ports — owners of Ocean Terminal — have applied for permission to dock 12 vessels here for ‘lay-up’ in the wake of the collapse of the cruise industry due to the pandemic.   An Inverclyde Council report on the matter has been withheld from public view, but the Telegraph has learned details of the plan through its sources.   One insider told us that the local authority has powers to refuse permission for crews to come ashore but none to prevent the ships berthing at or mooring off Greenock.  

On 3rd June  a cruise  ship is photographed on its way to Glasgow’s King George V Dock.

  THE unusual sight of a cruise ship bypassing Greenock Ocean Terminal for Glasgow captured attention on the River Clyde. Azamara Pursuit sailed upriver early on Monday morning bound for Glasgow’s King George V Dock. She berthed there following the recent row over Peel Ports’ plan to bring liners to coronavirus-stricken Greenock to disembark crews.  

Presumably the crew will disembark there, but nothing is known about what arrangements, if any have been made  for them, for surely they pose a risk if the situation is not handled correctly.  It is horrifying to imagine the idea of Glasgow become “Coronavirus-stricken” like Greenock.

What steps are being taken to ensure that does not happen?

It is imperative that the crews are properly processed. Will they be Quarantined? If yes, where?

Who is picking up the tab?

How will the disembarked crew get home?

And  how many more are still out there?  From the original 5th May article we know Peel Ports have 11 more ships.

But that is not the whole of it as this guardian article of April 30th indicates.

  Revealed: 100,000 crew never made it off cruise ships amid coronavirus crisis  Guardian investigation finds workers stranded on at least 50 ships with Covid-19 outbreaks, limited medical equipment, some without pay, and no end in sight  

We do  not know what is going to happen to the ships.  But this piece although it is from May 20th, 2016 does at least give some idea of what is involved.

  This example makes it clear that the treatment of vessels differs according to the lay-up period and the reason for the lay-up. As the treatment differs so do the obligations and requirements assigned by class, flag state and port authorities. They all have their influence. Hot or Cold? The operator must first decide on either a hot lay-up or a cold lay-up. In a hot lay-up condition the ship engines and machinery keep running so that the re-commissioning of the vessel can be carried out very quickly, and the vessel’s preservation is much easier and cheaper compared to a cold lay-up. The operational costs are higher, more crew is required and machinery in operation has the increased cost of consumables.