SINGAPORE – Genting Cruise Lines has been working closely with Singapore authorities to welcome on board SuperStar Gemini the first foreign workers who have recovered from COVID-19.
The first workers boarded the cruise ship on 29 April from Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore, which is now equipped with sick bays and an isolation station.
“We have been working closely with the Singapore authorities, including prior to the ships’ arrivals to ensure that our on-board facilities and measures meet Singapore’s strict requirements for this operation,” said Michael Goh, Genting Cruise Lines’ head of international sales and president of Dream Cruises.
Safe distancing measures are in place to welcome foreign workers on board SuperStar Gemini. Photo Credit: Genting Cruise Lines
SuperStar Gemini is one of two ships that have passed a thorough assessment by Singapore’s government agencies to provide alternative accommodation for Singapore’s foreign workers who have recovered from COVID-19. SuperStar Aquarius is also ready to receive foreign workers.
Genting Cruise Lines has enlisted SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius to provide temporary onboard accommodations for foreign workers who have recovered from COVID-19. Photo Credit: Genting Cruise Lines
Safety features on board include ensuring that only fresh air is filtered into cabins and public areas with no recirculation of air within the ship. Workers have access to ensuite toilets and in-cabin dining, in-cabin Wi-Fi and entertainment and scheduled outdoor time.
Safe distancing measures and strict infection control measures are observed at all times.
These are part of the Singapore government’s efforts to transfer workers to alternative living areas to reduce the spread of the virus within their dormitories.
Mrl Goh said that the move to provide its ships as alternative accommodation “is another firm and positive step that Genting Cruise Lines has taken to support Singapore in its efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19”.
Singapore Tourism Board has prepared “Perk-Me-Up” care packs with vitamins and local snacks as a thank you gesture to crew members of SuperStar Gemini and SuperStar Aquarius. Photo Credit: Genting Cruise Lines
“The safety and well-being of all individuals including the foreign workers and crew on board are of paramount importance. We are pleased that our onboard facilities, as well as preventive and safety standards, meet Singapore’s strict requirements for this initiative,” he said.
Crew members who have been enlisted for this operation have received safety briefings conducted by the Singapore authorities on measures to protect themselves, especially for this operation. They will also be provided with personal protective equipment when carrying out their duties.
Daily temperature checks will be conducted daily and ship’s crew are to comply with prevailing social distancing measures. In addition, common areas with high touch-point frequencies will be cleaned and disinfected frequently according to Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) guidelines.
From the onset of the pandemic, Genting Cruise Lines been well-prepared to provide a safe environment. In April, it was the first in the cruise industry to raise health and safety standards by implementing enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures with the highest preventive measures across its fleet.
“Genting Cruise Lines has forged a strong and close bond with Singapore as the country has been our homeport for more than 26 years. We are truly gratified that we are able to extend our support for this important operation during these difficult times,” Mr Goh added.