September 9, 2020
In this Issue
Here are some of the news articles we are following:
- GPHS Podcast Update
- Has MSC Cruises cracked the code for a safe return of cruising?
- With no end to COVID-19 pandemic in sight, what is the future of around-the-world cruises?
- Laid-Up Hurtigruten Cruise Ships Hired for Mission Impossible 7
- Crew Member Illustrated - Comic Perspective of The Ship Life
- Seabourn Cruises cancels additional voyages for 3 ships in its fleet
- Cruise Passengers Withdraw Lawsuit Against Royal Caribbean
- Signing on to the New Normal – Adapting to the New Life Working on Board
- How will the new normal look like for the cruise ship crew?
- Survey: Global seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic
- What should new hires consider before joining cruise ships amid COVID-19 pandemic?
- SICK Launches Anonymous Real-Time People Counting with LiDAR
- It’s Carnival Cruise Line’s Wheel of Fortune Week
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GPHS Podcast Update
During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic connectivity is now more important than ever. Listen to GPHS Podcasts on Apple Podcasts, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, or wherever you get your podcasts.
In this month’s episode of the GPHS Podcast, Gus Skinner and Jon Schnoor discuss “One Continent, Two Programs North American Cruise Vessel Inspection Programs”. Listen at https://www.gphsconsulting.com/news
For more interviews, follow online:
- David Forney discusses "No Sail"
David is interviewed about some of CDC's guidelines, policies, and protocols as it applies to the cruise industry.
Listen to the interview
- Jon Schnoor gives an interview on Construction and Variance
Jon discusses what is covered by construction guidelines.
Listen to the interview
- Outbreak Control with George H. Vaughan, Jr.
Epidemiologist George Vaughan, provides information on how to anticipate and mitigate potential consequences of acute gastroenteritis outbreaks onboard cruise ships.
- Risk Management with Ben Hirschenfang
Ben Hirschenfang provides information on Risk Management, a way to identify and analyze a risk, and how to plan ahead. He goes into detail on how risk is calculated, and where risk management can be applied on cruise ships.
Has MSC Cruises cracked the code for a safe return of cruising?
“Just a few months ago, with COVID-19 raging, it seemed like the shutdown of cruising might go on forever — or at least until the world had developed widespread immunity to the illness. But in recent weeks, something big has happened that has raised the possibility that cruising might be able to come back in a significant way much sooner than some people think. One of the world’s biggest cruise ships, the 4,842-passenger MSC Grandiosa, has resumed sailing with paying passengers in the Mediterranean, stopping at ports in Italy and Malta, without recording a single case of COVID-19 on board. “It’s working, and our protocol is doing what it’s meant to do,” one of the top MSC Cruises executives in North America, Ken Muskat, told The Points Guy on Friday in an exclusive interview. “There are no reported cases (of COVID-19), no issues on board, and guest satisfaction is high.” In what is turning into something of a test case for the entire cruise industry, MSC Grandiosa resumed operations on Aug. 16 out of the port of Genoa, Italy, with two big innovations that some industry watchers think could be the key to keeping the new coronavirus off ships: A requirement that all passengers test negative for COVID-19 in the moments before boarding, and a rule that passengers can only leave the ship in ports when on a cruise-line organized shore excursion.”
With no end to COVID-19 pandemic in sight, what is the future of around-the-world cruises?
“With the travel and cruise industries in a state of limbo because of the global COVID-19 health pandemic, one of cruising's time-honored traditions is at risk of not happening next year. World cruises are often seen as the pinnacle of all voyages. These massive, months-long journeys, which span multiple continents and visit ports both well-known and obscure, typically sell out years in advance, and are some of the costliest – and most comprehensive – journeys afloat. Expect to pay between $25,000 and $100,000 per passenger depending on the line and cabin category. In the COVID era, world cruises for the 2021 season face an uncertain future. These voyages typically start in January and end in the springtime.”
Laid-Up Hurtigruten Cruise Ships Hired for Mission Impossible 7
“In a bid to avoid delays due to COVID-19, the production company Truenorth has chartered the use of the Hurtigruten cruise ships Fridtjof Nansen and Versteralen in order to house the cast and crew of the new movie Mission Impossible 7. Actor Tom Cruise is believed to be contributing to the cost. The new Mission Impossible movie is filming in Norway's rugged Møre og Romsdal district through September, and the hundreds of people involved in the process will be staying on board. The team is eager to resume work after filming was halted due to the pandemic in February, an inside source told UK tabloid The Sun, and the cruise ship housing is intended to facilitate a safe return to work. The arrangement has received a green light despite one former Fritdjof Nansen crewmember recently testing positive for COVID-19 after returning to the Philippines. Norwegian health authorities have been informed, and no one on board the vessel has reported symptoms or tested positive, according to Hurtigruten. Another round of tests will be conducted for the other crew on board.”
Crew Member Illustrated - Comic Perspective of The Ship Life
“When life gives you COVID 19 pandemic while working on a cruise ship, there are those who cry you a river and those who turn towards some form of creative awakening while rising above the power of the pandemic fear. One such amazing man is David Oscar who joined Carnival Cruise Lines in 2017 boarding his first ship with a sketch pad and thirst for experiences, friendships and travel. He quickly learns the insights of the cruise culture and life, as well as how hard it is to come by to enough energy to pursue his love for the creative arts. However, he keeps up whenever he finds some free time. David spends several years on cruise ships making some amazing bonds and friendships, as well as enough material for a comic towards which he strives for when the time for that dream becomes right.”
Seabourn Cruises cancels additional voyages for 3 ships in its fleet
“Seabourn Cruises announced on Monday, August 31, that it will cancel additional sailings for 3 cruise ships in its fleet as a part of the global pause in operations. The announcement applies to Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Ovation, and Seabourn Quest with each vessel having a different “effective through” date. Details are as follows…”
Cruise Passengers Withdraw Lawsuit Against Royal Caribbean
“After a number of cruisers had their Royal Caribbean cruise canceled due to COVID-19, they filed a lawsuit against the cruise line for monetary damages. Now, the plaintiffs have withdrawn their lawsuit and voluntarily dismissed their amended complaint. Plaintiffs’ dismissal came after Royal Caribbean filed a motion to dismiss the class action complaint, arguing primarily that the Court lacked subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to a class action waiver located in Plaintiffs’ cruise ticket contracts.”
SIGNING ON to the New Normal – Adapting to the New Life Working On Board
“If there is an industry that is incredibly doing all the ways adapting to the COVID-19 crisis, it’s the Cruise Industry. As Kent William said, "Seafarers are conditioned to hardship". Adapting which requires being more careful with our interactions. Adapting means being more deliberate in our sanitation protocols. Being more cognizant of how our interactions affect other crew members. Adapting means even if we definitely do not have the solution yet, we are ready and taking responsibility to face the problems and search for answers.”
How will the new normal look like for the cruise ship crew?
“As some of the cruise lines are already making plans to set a small number of cruise ships back in operations and implement new safety protocols in order to do so, many crew members are wondering what the “new normal” will look like for them once they join and assume their daily duties and life back on board. With all restrictions across the world by governments and health authorities, it is quite difficult to predict what measures, and under which conditions the crew will be allowed to join the ships, as well as work on them. One thing is certain, the new living and working conditions will be quite challenging for the seafarers.”
Survey: Global seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic
“An international team of researchers from the University of Queensland (Australia), Royal Holloway University of London (UK), the World Maritime University (Sweden), and Uppsala University are working on a survey for international seafarers during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a research project. The aim is to map seafarers’ experiences during the pandemic and the challenges they are facing, potential effects on wellbeing, as well as the factors that might mitigate potential negative effects. This international team is trying to reach as many seafarers as possible, both those experiencing serious consequences and those perhaps not affected as much.”
What should new hires consider before joining cruise ships amid COVID-19 pandemic?
“With the restart of cruises in Germany, and the final preparations by the cruise lines in Italy, hopes are high amongst the crew who are back in their home countries eagerly awaiting their sign on dates. In Italy, Costa Cruises and MSC Cruises are ready to initiate voyages on 4 ships as soon as they receive the green light from the Italian government. Final efforts have also been made for staffing cruise ships with a sufficient number of crew. As we reported on July 30, MSC Cruises flew 230 Mauritian crew members on a charter flight to Genoa, Italy for the purpose of boarding them on two of their ships. It is important to underline that the Mauritius national public broadcaster MBC, reported that most of these employees were newly hired crew recruited by the country’s manning agency, for MSC Cruises, named Oceangoers.”
SICK Launches Anonymous Real-Time People Counting with LiDAR
“SICK has launched its new PeopleCounter (PeCo) SensorApp in response to helping stop the spread of COVID-19, according to a company statement. Using 3D LiDAR sensors, people can easily maintain recommended occupancy levels in public spaces and in manufacturing settings. Unlike the use of camera technology, the PeCo LiDAR sensor solution does not process personal information. This ensures companies can maintain any health and safety recommendations, but also respect private individuals’ data privacy concerns. Operators of institutions of public life as well as those that deal in tourism, cruise ships, restaurants, retail, and various other industries can profit from a simple solution that makes it easy to safely maximize utilization of space and still maintain the required occupancy levels, the company said.”
It’s Carnival Cruise Line’s Wheel of Fortune Week
“Carnival Cruise Line will be featured all week long on the popular TV game show Wheel of Fortune. Wheel of Fortune will have a custom-made tropical set as contestants win prizes that include Carnival cruises. Fans can also win with an online giveaway at www.wheeloffortune.com. All they have to do is watch the “Week of Fun” and submit the nightly Bonus Round Puzzle Solution online for a chance to win a free cruise. Viewers can enter for a chance to win each night.”
Disclaimer: The views expressed in the articles above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this e-Newsletter
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