April 9, 2020

Anek Lines’ EL. VENIZELOS was hit by Covid-19

Last week the existence of more than 120 cases of covid-19 among the 383 crew of the Anek Line’s EL. VENIZELOS was officially confirmed.

VENIZELOS was going to serve as a floating hotel for Navantia shipyard workers in Cadiz, who had undertaken the upgrade-transformation of CARNIVAL VICTORY. A project that was finally postponed, as the Spanish port authorities did not allow her to stay due to the outbreak of the pandemic.

A planned stop in Turkey (to disembark Turkish crewmembers) was refused by the authorities. As a result, the ship was forced to return to Piraeus.

Today, those people that were found Covid-9-positive are under quarantine for 14 days, on board. The rest of them were transferred to chartered hotels. The ship remains on charter to Miray International on behalf of Carnival.