6 crew with Coronavirus on Stena Line's cruiseferry Stena Edda

   December 19, 2020 ,   Accidents

322 passengers were stranded overnight in Birkenhead (a town in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, England) after 6 crew tested COVID-positive on Stena Line's 2020-built ship Stena Edda (cruiseferry).

On Wednesday, December 18, the Belfast-bound cruiseferry docked at Stena Line Liverpool Terminal (on Mersey River) was advised by port health authorities not to allow passenger debarkation or leave Birkenhead after the 6 crew were found to have Coronavirus.

Stena Line confirmed it was helping all the 322 travelers find alternative travel.

A spokesperson for the company said:

“Stena Line can confirm that following full testing of the Stena Edda crew last night, six members tested positive for Covid-19. In line with our safety protocols we alerted the port health authorities, who advised us to hold the vessel in Birkenhead as a precaution.

“Three hundred and twenty-two passengers and 53 crew were onboard. The six crew members who tested positive for Covid-19 are being cared for and are doing well, with only mild symptoms.”

Stena Line confirmed that of the 6 crew who tested positive, "none were in passenger-facing or onboard services roles."

According to port health authorities, there was no risk to passengers, who had left the ferry.

Stena Line said disembarkation had been completed at 11:45 am. The COVID-positive crew were transferred to Stena Mersey, which was scheduled to set sail for Belfast Wednesday afternoon.

Tests were distributed to the rest of the crew to check for COVID-19, Stena Line said. The company added the vessel would be sanitized afterward.

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