The Ruby Princess today will dock at Port Kembla in south east New South Wales following news that 200 crew members could potentially be infected with COVID-19.
The NSW Police said today that the crew will not be allowed to exit the vessel unless there is an emergency and the exit is approved by Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.
Medical professionals will board the ship to test the crew for coronavirus ensuring the health and bio-security guidelines are followed.
NSW Police say it will not “pose a risk to employees or the broader community”.
This also comes after the news that NSW Health allowed passengers to disembark the ship before the compulsory tests had been completed.
Police Commissioner Fuller announced that a criminal investigation will take place into why the passengers were allowed to leave the ship in the first place. The homicide squad will head the investigation.
The ship will remain in Port Kembla for up to 10 days.
Photo: Ruby Princess (ship, 2008) IMO 9378462; in Split, 2011-10-17; departing by Ivan T. available HERE and used under a Creative Commons Attribution. The image has not been modified.