Navy Crews OK but some commercial seafarers are abandoned.

The coronavirus pandemic has clobbered shipping.

FPMag has been told by officials in the cruise line industry they estimate that some 100,000 crew members are stuck aboard ships because neither the cruise lines nor the countries involved are willing to pay the costs of repatriations. Or in the alternative, they cannot afford those costs given the dire financial circumstances this ferocious coronavirus has caused.

These vessels and their crews sit in harbours around the world. Some are at sea. Some crews are essentially imprisoned aboard ship.

Obviously the navies of the world including, France, America, Taiwan, Belgium and Germany with infected crews aboard naval ships have the capacity to test, treat and trace contacts plus do virus sequencing to understand the sources.  FPMag has confirmed that such brave crews are well cared for.

by Micheal John

USS Theodore Roosevelt

As a matter of note, the much publicized plight of the USS Theodore Roosevelt has been set right by its crew and former captain whose action to protect his crew was exemplary. Theodore Roosevelt’s COVID-negative crew returned from quarantine beginning on April 29 and is making preparations to return to sea to continue their scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. This has not been without much suffering and losses.

In a political skirmish wherein the US President cringed at the outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, Trump fired Capt. Brett Crozier.

The US Navy has recommended to US Defense Secretary Mark Esper that Captain Brett Crozier be restored to command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier on Friday, according to an official at a US Embassy.

The matter remains unresolved. The crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt has made it publicly clear it wants its skipper back.

FPMag’s Statistical Data is reliable but unofficial. Nobody wants to talk officially about abandoned seafarers or deprecated naval vessel military strength.

In this article FPMag reports SARS-CoV-2 infections and COVID-19 deaths, aboard naval vessels and commercial shipping but although the cases listed below may have been provided by reliable sources, confirmation by officials of the respective naval authorities and various commercial entities is not easily forthcoming and mostly not at all.

NAVAL BASE GUAM, GUAM 05.08.2020 Photo by Seaman Alexander Williams USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)

Photo by Seaman Alexander Williams
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)
 (MAY 9, 2020) – U.S. Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class Eroditaedeza Argonza, from Chula Vista, Calif., assigned to the “Wolf Pack” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 75, paints the side of an MH-60R Sea Hawk in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) May 9, 2020. Theodore Roosevelt’s COVID-negative crew returned from quarantine beginning on April 29 and is making preparations to return to sea to continue their scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Alexander Williams) — Photo Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

Commercial vessels are a different story. Many crews aboard cargo ships are in big trouble.  In some cases other seafarers languish in the guest rooms of luxury Cruise Liners.

A number of seagoing crews aboard commercial vessels are in dire straights say some families FPMag spoke with.

“Some sailors have suffered extreme human rights violations,” says one woman who has been left alone to care for children under a heavy-handed ‘lock down’ where the military has been killing citizens who disobey curfews.

The current climate for cruise line corporations is financially desperate in many cases. Many companies do not see clearly a way forward owing to the terrible public relations outcomes of what the public sees as “floating SARS2 incubators”. Most governments are banning Cruise Liner vacations.

A month ago, ‘Human Rights at  Sea’ and The Guardian reported on the case of the  MV Azraqmoiah cargo ship which a month ago was said to be a floating prison in which the crew is starving.

Seafarers have a limited remedy from the Maritime Labour Convention which sets out that the companies employing the sailors must carry insurance and make available a cushion of four-months wages in the event that the seafarers are abandoned as is the case for many sailors right now.

Ovation of the Sea

Cruise ship Ovation of the Seas, with North Star viewing platform raised, at “F” berth, alongside the Fremantle Passenger Terminal, Victoria Quay, in the inner harbour of Fremantle Harbour, Western Australia. Photo Credit: Bahnfrend – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 Photo Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag

Manila Harbour is a parking lot for stranded cruise ships.

More than two dozen large seagoing ships are afloat in a harbour waiting off the coast of The Philippines’ capital city, Manila.

The vessels in the Manila harbour are awaiting coronavirus-clearance for more than 5,300 Philippine crews to return home from abandoned cruises.

Known COVID-10 Infections Aboard Ships on June 30, 2022

The Ship List (71) Cases | Deaths | Recoveries

Navy: USS Theodore Roosevelt116811155
Navy: Charles de Gaulle108100
Ship: Ruby Princess85222830
Ship: *Diamond Princess71214698
Ship: Disney Wonder2381237
Ship: Celebrity Apex2240224
Ship: Costa Atlantica1480148
Ship: Greg Mortimer1281127
Ship: MV Horizon1250125
Ship: *Grand Princess1227115
Navy: USS Kidd9600
Ship: MV Artania89485
Ship: MSC Seaview86086
Ship: Ovation of the Seas79178
Navy: USNS Leroy Grumman52250
Ship: Celebrity Flora48048
Ship: A Sara45045
Ship: River Anuket45045
Ship: Costa Fascinosa43340
Ship: MS Roald Amundsen40040
Ship: Voyager of the Seas39237
Ship: Costa Luminosa36333
Navy: Chevalier Paul3500
Ship: Symphony of the Seas31130
Navy: ROCS Pan Shi3100
Navy: USS Tripoli2400
Ship: Celebrity Solstice20119
Ship: Adventure of the Seas190129
Navy: USS Ronald Reagan1600
Ship: Oasis of the Seas14311
Ship: MS Zaandam1349
Ship: Costa Favolosa13112
Ship: Coral Princess1239
Ship: World Dream12012
Ship: Ship: Celebrity Eclipse1028
Navy: HNLMS Dolfijn808
Ship: Black Watch808
Navy: USNS Mercy700
Ship: Pride of America707
Ship: MSC Bellissima606
Ship: Braemar505
Ship: Mein Schiff 3909
Ship: Norwegian Breakaway312
Navy: USS Essex300
Ship: Silver Shadow211
Ship: Marella Explorer II211
Navy: USS Boxer200
Navy: USS Nimitz200
Navy: USNS Comfort200
Ship: Costa Magica202
Ship: Liberty of the Seas202
Ship: MSC Preziosa202
Ship: Celebrity Infinity202
Ship: Seven Seas Navigator202
Ship: Paul Gauguin202
Ship: Monarch110
Navy: USS Carl Vinson100
Navy: USS Ralph Johnson100
Navy: USS Coronado100
Navy: Leopold I100
Ship: Costa Victoria101
Ship: Mein Schiff 1
Ship: MSC Splendida101
Ship: Norwegian Bliss101
Ship: Sun Princess101
Ship: Westerdam101
Ship: MSC Armonia101
Ship: Carnival Valor101
Ship: Majesty of the Seas101
Ship: Riviera101
Ship: Carnival Freedom101


Ruby Princess docked in Ketchikan, Alaska during a 7-day Alaska cruise in August 2019

Ruby Princess docked in Ketchikan, Alaska during a 7-day Alaska cruise in August 2019. Photo Credit: Dave R. May —  Photo Art/Cropping/Enhancement: Rosa Yamamoto FPMag