April 15, 2021

Health prohibits docking a cruise ship in Cádiz for repair in Navantia



The Ministry of Health has prohibited the docking in Cádiz of the Allure of the Seas, a cruise ship of the Royal Caribbean company that was to be repaired in the Navantia shipyard in Cadiz, in compliance with the order that prohibits the arrival in Spanish ports of ships with passage from other countries.

In a resolution to which Efe has had access, the General Sub-Directorate of Foreign Health recalls that the order of April 8 extended the prohibition on the entry of passenger ships from Italy and cruises of any origin destined for other ports, to limit the spread and spread of COVID-19.

This order establishes the express prohibition of the entry into Spanish ports of cruise-type passenger ships from any origin, although the possibility of making exceptions that would allow lifting the prohibitions on ships, which must be authorized, was contemplated.

That exception is what the BC Agency consignee has attempted to enter Cádiz by means of an exceptional authorization, but the Ministry’s resolution has been negative.

According to union sources, 300 people were traveling on board the ship, which were the crew’s personnel and the workers who were going to be in charge of its set-up, who had to be joined by another contingent of between 200 and 300 specialists, also from other countries, which had to reach Cádiz by different routes.

The ship, which was expected at the shipyard for tomorrow May 15, was initially going to generate some 3,000 jobs, but the comprehensive reform it was going to undergo was finally reduced, after the pandemic erupted, to a review of the propulsion system, thus, its employment capacity remained at about 500.

The ship, which has called at Gibraltar, already tried to travel to Cádiz in March, but the start of the state of alarm decree made it return to the United Kingdom.

Union sources have explained that the consignee has tried to obtain a special permit for this boat due to its need for repair and its ability to generate employment in the area.

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