A liner decommissioned off the coast of Mauritius due to

A liner decommissioned off the coast of Mauritius due to health risks

Since Saturday evening, the “Norwegian Dawn” has been stranded off the coast of Mauritius with more than 2,000 passengers on board and more than a thousand crew members. Mauritius health authorities took samples on board the ship on Saturday and Sunday. Results are expected on Tuesday. In the meantime, no one can leave the ship.

Published on: 02/25/2024 – 10:47 p.m

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With our correspondent in Port-Louis, Abdoollah Earally

The liner “Norwegian Dawn” has been stationary off the coast of Port-Louis since Saturday evening, February 24th. It is blocked by the Mauritian authorities, who prohibit any access to or departure from the ship. They fear the presence of an infectious disease on board.

The 2,182 passengers of 53 different nationalities as well as the thousand crew members are awaiting the decision of the Mauritian health service, which is expected by Tuesday at the latest.

The island's health authorities took samples from the liner's passengers and staff on Saturday and Sunday. Laboratory tests are currently being performed to detect possible infections, including gastroenteritis and cholera.

Norwegian Dawn, represented in Mauritius by IBL Shipping, had planned to operate several regional cruises. He left Mauritius on February 13 with stops in South Africa and Madagascar. There was then supposed to be a short stopover in Reunion, but the anchorage there was refused for health reasons.

The informed Mauritian authorities did not want to take any risks.