By Ashecia Sam. Updated 5:07 p.m., Sunday May 17, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – The journey has begun for some four hundred and twenty-eight Vincentian Sailors to be repatriated to St. Vincent and the Grenadines-SVG.
The Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas departed CocoCay, Bahamas this morning with these sailors destined for Kingstown, St. Vincent.
In a memorandum to the Sailors, Shipboard Human Resource Manager, Angela McRae told the Sailors that Covid-19 Rapid Tests will be administered to them by local medical professionals upon arrival in SVG.
“After completing the 14-day isolation period on board VI, any crew member that tests negative will be allowed to go home. Please note that you will be under court order to stay at home for 14 days”, McRae said.
The Shipboard Manager said personal information of the Sailors namely home address, email address, telephone number and who lives with them will be collected from them over the next few days.
She described the personal information as extremely important in the repatriation exercise.
“ It is important to mention that you MUST stay in the address that you provided in your contact information for the full 14-day quarantine. If you do not stay in your declared address, you could be fined, and this could lead to police detention”, McRae said.
She said that any crew member who test positive with the rapid test will then be given COVID- 19 PCR tests and these employees will wait on board for the PCR test results while the ship remains anchored.
One source told One News that the ship began to sail on Wednesday, May 13 but the voyage was interrupted by what was described as unfavourable weather conditions.
One News SVG is reliably informed that Vincentian Sailor and Advocate for Vincentians Sailors, Travis Harry is also on board the ship.
In addition to the Vincentians, there are also three Kittians , ninety-six St. Lucians, three hundred and thirty-six Trinidadians, fifty-six Dominicans, fifty Grenadians and five Barbadians.
The Royal Caribbean’s Vision of the Seas is scheduled to depart Kingstown, St. Vincent for Barbados on May 30.