33 Coronavirus crew on cruise ship Costa Atlantica docked in Nagasaki Japan

   April 22, 2020 ,   Accidents

On April 22, Japan's Nagasaki Prefecture officials announced 33 confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases on the SSC Carnival China-owned cruise liner Costa Atlantica. The vessel is currently docked at Koyagi Factory (MHI-Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard) for repairs. The vessel is passenger-free, carrying a total of 623 crew onboard.

Crew who test positive but are asymptomatic will stay onboard for monitoring, while others will be transferred to medical institutions, Nagasaki Governor Hodo Nakamura revealed at a news conference. Those who are negative will be repatriated.

Atlantica arrived in Nagasaki on January 29 and is scheduled to remain until the end of April 2020.

The vessel was originally due to undergo repairs in China to start operations for the new Chinese company CSSC Carnival China Cruise Shipping. However, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co (part of MHI-Mitsubishi Heavy Industries) eventually received the repair order because of the Coronavirus outbreak, which was first detected in central China in late 2019.

For other Costa Atlantica accidents and incidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.

For Coronavirus updates on cruise ship quarantines (infected passengers and crew) and top-pandemic countries (COVID-19 cases and deaths, daily updated statistics) see at CruiseMapper's Norovirus page.