Magsaysay Maritime Corp. (MMC) has taken safety precautions to ensure that the passengers and crew on board Diamond Princess cruise ship were being cared for and remain well.
Magsaysay has activated its emergency response teams involving Japanese authorities amid the coronavirus outbreak.
“Princess Cruises continues to work closely and cooperatively with the Japanese Ministry of Health to care for the guests and crew members quarantined on board Diamond Princess due to a Coronavirus outbreak,” Magsaysay said.
Magsaysay has issued important updates on the situation on board the Diamond Princess, reassuring the public that the best care is being given to those who were affected, and that precautionary measures were implemented to ensure that the passengers and crew on board remain well.
The company said that public health authorities have disembarked 61 people to local hospitals for medical care, one of them is a Filipino crew member. According to reports, the number of those who fell ill because of nCoV already reached 69. It has been confirmed that the quarantine will end on Feb. 19, 2020.
Diamond Princess has implemented safety measures such as limited movement inside the vessel, the minimum interaction between people, new safety procedures, provision of protective equipment. They provided unlimited internet access to allow guests and crew to communicate with their loved ones.
“Magsaysay has kept close contact and communication with the families of crew to keep them updated on their loved ones. The safety and well-being of our crew on board the Diamond Princess are the utmost priority of both Princess and Magsaysay,” it added.
Magsaysay has been working in close contact with the Department of Health, the Department of Labor and Employment, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, and the Philippine Embassy in Japan to ensure that all our Filipino seafarers working on board the ship were properly protected from nCoV.
Magsaysay has complied with the Philippine government’s guidelines which include no transits through China, Hong Kong and Macau when joining and returning from the ship.
They conduct mandatory quarantine for any crew who return home from these areas.
“We also conduct comprehensive briefings on precautionary measures. The priority of both Princess and Magsaysay is to be proactively in front of this global response as it evolves,” Magsaysay said.