Princess Anastasia ferry provides berthing amid Coronavirus outbreak at Novatek's Belokamenka yard

   May 8, 2020 ,   Cruise Industry

The cruiseferry Princess Anastasia arrived at a new shipyard facility outside Port Murmansk (Arctic Russia) in order to provide extra housing for local COVID-19 response efforts. Nearly 2000 workers (out of total 11000) at Novatek's Belokamenka Yard tested Coronavirus-positive, and the number has been increasing rapidly.

Princess Anastasia is a passenger ferry that normally operates in Baltic Sea, on the Sweden-Russia route Stockholm-Helsinki-Tallinn-St Petersburg (crossing time 62,5 hours).

The ship operator (Moby SPL, subsidiary of MOBY LINES) announced in a statement it had suspended the cruise ship's normal schedule due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) intercountry travel restrictions. MOBY "decided to temporarily use MS Princess Anastasia in another commercial project in Murmansk as a floating hotel," it said on Wednesday, May 6. 

One of the primary contractors of the yard, Velesstroy (Moscow Russia-based construction company), said it had partially suspended its operations at Belokamenka Yard because of the pandemic. Construction workers will carry out a 2-week self-quarantine, and after testing negative 3 times, they will be allowed to return home.

Belokamenka is where Novatek (Russia's largest private-owned natural gas company) is building the Kola Yard supply base that will support the upcoming Arctic LNG-2 project (Yamal LNG vessels / ice-breaking gas tanker ships) in Ob Bay, Siberia.

Thousands of construction workers are currently living in barracks at the remote construction site (located north of Murmansk).

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.

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