Residential Cruise Ship Conducts Exercise Off Western Australia

The World
file photo of The World

By The Maritime Executive 04-15-2020 08:06:24

Western Australia's Premier Mark McGowan has admitted he was unsure why the world's largest private residential cruise ship, The World, was following a star-shaped track of the coast.

The World, with all guests evacuated and only a skeleton crew onboard, left Fremantle on April 6. “We don’t really know why she’s doing that,” he said. But a spokesman for vessel said the captain was having a bit of fun with a navigation training exercise. The five-pointed star is a holding pattern that covers the maximum distance in the smallest possible area.

The vessel was due to spend two months circumnavigating Australia between February and March until delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. She was then ordered to leave Australian waters, and future trips have now been canceled until July. 

There have been no cases of COVID-19 onboard The World, but other cruise ship passengers and their contacts make up about 40 percent of all COVID-19 cases in Western Australia.

On Wednesday, Western Australia recorded another five new cases of COVID-19, three from cruise ships: two from the Costa Victoria and one from the Artania. This brings the total number of cases linked to cruise ships in Western Australia to 212.