The COSTA DIADEMA in the port of Piombino
The Diadema, a vessel belonging to the Italian Costa Cruises company, has been berthed in the port of Piombino, with 1255 people on board since March 29th, due to the necessity to proceed with disembarking and repatriation operations for its crewmembers.
In order to improve the management and coordination of such operations, made even more complex by certain members of the crew testing positive to COVID-19, as well as to ensure the best response times to any scenario, a “Control Room” has been set up for this purpose with personnel from the Port Network Authority’s Territorial Office in Piombino, the Maritime Authority, Piombino Municipality , the State Police, the Military Police , the Revenue Corps , USMAF (Maritime, Air and Border Health Offices) , Costa Cruises and Freschi Alessandro & C. shipping agency (as the relevant registered agency).
On the quayside where the ship is moored, a so-called “Sterile Area” has been designated, through a specific Ordinance issued by the Port Network Authority. An advanced medical facility has been set up there. It is being managed by the “Remote Health Rescue Operations Centre for the coordination of emergency medical assistance as well as the Regional Health Contacts in case of national emergency” (CROSS). The area, which can only be accessed by authorized personnel, is manned 24 hours a day by Port Security staff, under the coordination of the police forces.
By the same Ordinance, adjacent to the “Sterile Area”, a so-called “Service Area” has also been individuated, with more limited controls, intended for the circulation of vehicles and persons providing support services to the ship itself.
The crew members on board, all in preventive isolation inside the passenger cabins, are constantly monitored by the ship’s doctor.