Costa Magica resupplies in St Maarten amidst coronavirus fears
The Costa Magica cruise ship which has been turned away from several Caribbean islands due to coronavirus fears will be allowed to dock in St Maarten today (March 16) to refuel and get food provisions.
The vessel was last quarantined in waters off Martinique on March 13 after two passengers tested positive for the novel coronavirus aboard the cruise ship.
Port St Maarten’s management has now sought to allay fears about Costa Magica being allowed to dock at its Port.
It says the passengers will remain onboard the vessel while the ship is receiving fuel and resupplying its food stock.
The Port’s management assures that it has increased its sanitisation operations.
Security was told that persons handling the provisioning have been instructed to wash and sanitise their hands frequently as part of the enhanced sanitisation program.
Port St Maarten has also established a crisis emergency service department.
Costa Cruises is one of several cruise companies that have suspended their global itinerary as of March 13, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Cruise ships that departed their homeports prior to the decision taken by the company are now making their way back to their homeports.