Carnival Vista to Undergo Azipod Repairs in Bahamas

first_imgCarnival Cruise Line revealed that it would take its ship Carnival Vista out of service on July 9 for azipod repairs.The company said that the vessel will transit to Freeport, Bahamas, where it is scheduled to undergo repair at a dry dock.Carnival added that it is completing negotiations and planning with a shipping vessel operator on a protocol that will be “a first-of-its-kind procedure to facilitate the repair,” given the current lack of facilities at Grand Bahama Shipyard.The cruise major is working with ABB, the azipod manufacturer, to complete the repairs and return the Carnival Vista to Galveston for the scheduled July 27 sailing.last_img

Flights resume at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport

first_imgInternational flights have resumed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.The first flights will be to London, Dubai, Addis Ababa, Kigali and Lusaka.This comes after the Ministry of Transport cleared seven more countries for the resumption of international flights to Kenya. The seven are United States of America (except for California, Florida and Texas), United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Quarter, United Arab Emirates and Italy.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 List of countries identified and announced on Thursday from which travellers will be exempt from quarantine include China, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Zimbabwe Ethiopia, Switzerland, Rwanda, Uganda, Namibia and Morocco.“The United States is one of 18 countries whose nationals will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival,” read a statement by the United States Embassy.Conditions were however given for being exempt from quarantine, this include:The passenger does not have a body temperature above 37.5°C (99.5°F);The passenger does not have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms;The passenger has a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test conducted within 96 hours before travel.U.S. citizen travellers coming from California, Florida and Texas will however not be exempt and will be required to quarantine upon arrival either at Government of Kenya-designated facility or at their Kenyan residence.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve ParliamentIn another statement Friday, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said a review of countries from which travellers will not be required to be quarantined upon arrival will be undertaken by Ministry of Health on day to day basis and then they will advise the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Urban Development and Housing for further action.The Ministry of Transport together with relevant stakeholders have prepared Protocols for Air Travel Operations during the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis.The protocols seek to provide guidelines to ensure that air travel remains safe during the pandemic for domestic and international flights.The protocols recognize that the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been experienced in most sectors of the economy and the aviation industry is amongst the worst impacted.Also Read  Kenya women lawyers back calls to dissolve parliamentThe protocols have therefore confirmed that:-All arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do NOT have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have negative PCR based COVID – 19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID – 19 transmission areas shall be exempt from quarantine.For those passengers travelling out of the country, they will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country;Passengers arriving on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences;Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the Airport to drop or pick up passengers;Passengers departing on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their departure airport;Air Operators shall provide guidance material to passengers regarding the application of the preventive measures on board;Where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the seat configuration or other operational constraints, the crew members will make constant on-board announcements reminding passengers to adhere at all times to all the other preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and should wear a surgical face mask. In addition and in such cases other measures such as cabin recirculation air filters will be put in place; andWorking jointly with Airports Authority and Kenya Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works is reviewing frequency and timing of flights to facilitate physical distancing at the Airports.Also Read  152 more test positive as Kenya’s COVID-19 cases hit 36,981last_img read more

Five South Africans to miss CPL after failing to confirm travel arrangements

first_imgBy Firdose MoondaNO South African player apart from Imran Tahir will take part in this year’s Caribbean Premier League(CPL), which is due to start on August 18.Rassie van der Dussen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Anrich Nortje, Rilee Rossouw and Colin Ingram were unable to confirm travel arrangements in time to be in Trinidad and Tobago by August 1, when CPL organisers wanted all participating players to arrive in order to fulfil a 14-day quarantine period before the tournament begins.While the CPL had organised a charter flight from London to Trinidad, the South African players were unable to get to the UK in time bearing in mind flight scarcity, visa requirements and the obligation to receive government permission. Tahir has not been in South Africa through the lockdown but in Pakistan, where he was playing in the PSL, and has been able to travel to the West Indies from there.South Africa remains in lockdown with all provincial and international borders closed and is expected to only begin easing travel restrictions after the coronavirus pandemic peak passes at the end of September.That means the participation of South African players in the IPL is also awaiting logistical checks, chiefly government permission. Similar permission is being sought for the national women’s team, who are due to play a series in England in September.While Cricket South Africa will issue its players with no-objection certificates, and does not intend to organise any bilateral cricket during the IPL window, players will need to obtain permits to travel and will need to consider quarantine regulations. The tournament is expected to take place from September 19 to November 8, which could mean that South African players will be required to be away from home from early September until early November, given pre-tournament training and quarantines.There is also the possibility that they will need to isolate for a further 14 days on their return home. As David Warner said, with families unlikely to be able to accompany players and tours made longer by quarantine periods, several players may need to consider their personal circumstances before committing to travel.South Africa has ten players contracted with IPL teams, and two of them – AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis – have babies on the way. Earlier, three players missed the 3TC exhibition match. Chris Morris was unavailable for personal reasons, Kagiso Rabada missed the fixture following the death of a family member, and Quinton de Kock pulled out because a close family member tested positive for Covid-19. The men’s team has not had any official training camps since the lockdown began in March but continue to train individually or at their franchise grounds.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more