Cartagena, Spain (PortSEurope) May 4, 2021 – The local authorities have given the Port Authority of Cartagena the green light for the reactivation of national cruises in the port, with all the safety and health guarantees against Covid-19. It places the Region among the first communities – along with Andalusia and the Canary Islands – to reactivate, with the necessary security measures, the cruise ship
business. The confirmation that the Region of Murcia is prepared to receive cruise passengers with maximum security, both for passengers, crew members, and for the citizens of Cartagena, was analyzed at the meeting held today by the president of Autoridad Portuaria de Cartagena (APC – Port Authority of Cartagena), Yolanda Muñoz, the Minister of the Presidency, Tourism and Sports, Marcos Ortuño, and the Deputy Mayor of Cartagena, Noelia Arroyo, with representatives of the city’s hospitality and trade. Marcos Ortuño has stated that the approval of the Community “is a competitive advantage compared to other places and makes it easier for shipping companies to choose the port of Cartagena as a safe destination open to responsible tourism”. Muñoz has said that it is “Cartagena has done its homework to be a safe destination with the distinctive Good Advanced Practices prepared by Covid19, both in the Cruise Terminal and for the Port Police and with protocols applied to guarantee maximum security” . At the meeting, the president explained that “we started the path of reactivating cruise ships, the sector has worked intensively to establish protocols that allow them to resume activity and guarantee that the virus does not enter the ship, and we have to collaborate with them because the evolution of these national experiences will be definitive for the return of international cruises, where we are waiting for the Ministry and Foreign Health to authorize”. Noelia Arroyo has insisted that “it is important not to fail in this first step. The shipping companies know this and that is why they have imposed a very strict regime of controls on board and during visits. We are going to help them to do well because their success will be the guarantee that we will recover the cruise passengers for our businesses and our hospitality industry”. In this sense, the president of COEC, Ana Correa, has stressed that “we are going to work with the administrations so that this first experience is a complete success to reactivate our economy.” The Minister of the Presidency and Tourism has informed that shipping companies will have to integrate into their protocols the measures established in the regional regulations for the prevention of Covid19, which at all times will be subject to the evolution of the health situation in the community. In addition, ships will have a mandatory Contingency Plan for the surveillance and management of suspected or confirmed cases that may occur on board. The support of the Autonomous Community is, as Muñoz recalled, “the starting gun to return to the cruise sector the trust they have placed in us since they decided to bet on Cartagena as a city of stopover, and which allowed us to receive in 2019 , 250,000 cruise passengers, a historical figure for Cartagena that we would have consolidated in 2020 if the pandemic had not hit us ”. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Cartagena (APC – Port Authority of Cartagena) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.