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“Get out by Sunday”: Ruby Princess cruise ship ordered to leave Australian waters

PHOTO: New South Wales (NSW) Police Commissioner Mick Fuller

PortandTerminal.com, April 15, 2020

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – The Australian Police are fed up with Carnival Cruise Line’s Ruby Princess and want it gone. ‘I’ve drawn a line in the sand and I want this ship gone by Sunday,’ said New South Wales (NSW) Police Commissioner Mick Fuller on Wednesday.

Ruby Princess is currently docked at Port Kembla on the New South Wales south coast with about 1,000 crew members on board.

Commissioner Fuller and the people of Australia, in general, have good reason to be angry and to want the cruise ship to leave.

On March 19 nearly 3,000 passengers were allowed to disembark the ship in Sydney without health checks, before dispersing across the country in a disastrous blunder that border authorities blame on NSW Health.  

More than 600 passengers have since been diagnosed with coronavirus and 19 people have died. The ship is the biggest single source of COVID-19 infection in Australia.  

A criminal investigation is underway to determine who was responsible for allowing the ship to dock in Sydney and its passenger freely disembark unchecked.

Australian Homicide investigators are also questioning staff on board the ship on whether they were pressured to downplay the sickness of passengers before it docked in Sydney. 

‘I’ve drawn a line in the sand and I want this ship gone by Sunday,’

New South Wales (NSW) Police Commissioner Mick Fuller

There are currently 140 cases of coronavirus on the boat, with 1,056 crew in quarantine. The crew are reportedly running out of water on board, with staff members asked to take shorter showers to conserve supplies.

It is unclear at this time where exactly the Ruby Princess would go once it leaves Australian waters. Who would captain it and what about the sick crew on-board?

READ: Carnival extends cruise cancellations. Plans to restart on July 27. (Unlikely)

Meanwhile, Carnival Cruise Lines announced that it intends to restart it cruise operations on July 27 after extending its shut-down until July 26th.

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