UK port authorities board cruise ships amid welfare fears for crew

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The Astor, one of the other ships in Tilbury, left Reunion in the Indian Ocean on 14 March, travelling to South Africa, Portugal and Germany before arriving in Tilbury on 27 May. The Columbus has been anchored in Tilbury since April after a journey from Sri Lanka, while the Magellan arrived in Tilbury on 8 April from Iceland.

The Vasco da Gama has been docked in Tilbury since 1 May having arrived from Australia, while the ship in Avonmouth in Bristol has been there since 22 March having sailed from Jordan.

Sources said one of the problems was that the world spotlight had shone on passengers at the peak of the pandemic but the crews “were just as affected and are being left behind”.

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