First set of 200 ship workers processed

The first 200 of the 1,044 Jamaican ship workers disembarked the Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas, docked at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny, on Thursday, May 21.

Jamaicans on board the Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas following the disembarkation of the first batch of 200 Jamaican ship workers, at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny on Thursday, May 21.

The men and women underwent various stages of screening and processing by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), and the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), after which they were taken to the Bahia Principe Hotel in St Ann to await their test results. The other workers will be processed in a similar manner.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr the Hon. Christopher Tufton, who was on hand to greet the ship workers, noted that the process went without delay and exceeded his expectations.

“We were able to process the 200 persons that we targeted for today very smoothly, on time and, indeed, within a shorter time than we anticipated,” the Minister said.

The first 200 of the 1,044 Jamaican ship workers being shuttled to the Bahia Principe Hotel, in St Ann, after being processed at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny, on Thursday, May 21.

“The planning was well executed and, as a consequence, there is a possibility that we could speed the process up,” he added.

Tufton outlined that if tests come back with positive results of the coronavirus (COVID-19), those individuals will be dealt with in the public health system, in isolation. However, for those who test negative, they will be sent for home quarantine.