Florida doesn’t want “dumped” passengers from corona ship Zaandam

Florida does not want passengers on the cruise ship Zaandam who may have been infected with the coronavirus to be “dumped” there. That’s what the governor of the southern U.S. state, Ron DeSantis, says.

According to the governor, he’s in close contact with the White House in Washington. He would prefer that medical personnel go to the ship that was originally planned to end its cruise in Florida in early April.

The owner of the Zaandam, the Holland America Line (HAL), is now busy finding a destination for the ship. The vessel and HAL’s other cruise ship Rotterdam have just passed the Panama Canal. Several people on board the Zaandam are infected with the coronavirus and at least four people have died.

On Saturday, hundreds of healthy passengers were moved to the Rotterdam, and the two ships are now traveling together. There are twenty Dutch people aboard the Zaandam.

Source: ANP

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.