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Cruise ship to berth at Port of Astoria

First published in the Oct. 16 print edition

A cruise ship docks at the Port of Astoria in this 2014 photo. (Courtesy Port of Astoria)
Friday, October 16, 2020

A cruise ship with no passengers was expected to arrive at the Port of Astoria on Thursday, where it will remain at berth for six months.

“This decision to accommodate the vessel was not taken lightly,” port Executive Director Will Isom wrote in a notice issued this week. “Public safety is our top priority. The port has received confirmation from the cruise line that no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported on board the vessel.”

The Norwegian Cruise Line ship also comes with a Maritime Health Declaration, an international document that includes data related to the state of health on board the ship during passage and on arrival at ports. It’s a tool for early detection of public health risks.

The cruise line also provided a no-sail order that includes a response plan and protocol for all crew movements.

The Centers for Disease Control must approve in writing before any of the ship’s 93 crew members disembark, Isom said. Cruise lines with complete and accurate response plans can use commercial travel to disembark crew members.

“Although Clatsop County has already been impacted by a growing number of COVID-19 cases, the port understands that community members remain concerned about the transmission of the disease,” Isom wrote. “Therefore, we will continue to work jointly with the city, county, USCG and Norwegian Cruise Line to take the necessary measures to keep our community safe.”

The ship is expected to berth in Astoria for six months the port would receive $74,550 in moorage fees payments for security.

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