One more coronavirus fear victim? Grimaldi’s ro-ro stuck off Casablanca for 2 days, why? UPDATE

Feb 29: Berthed late Feb 28, 2-day delay goes unexplained.
GRIMALDI’s ro-ro ship GRANDE TOGO arrived at Casablanca Anchorage, Morocco, late Feb 26, with ETA Casablanca Feb 27, from Genoa Italy. The ship didn’t anchor, she was turned back and since that time until now, 1700 UTC Feb 28, is cruising in legs off Casablanca and Casablanca Anchorage. Ro-ro piers seem to be empty, with no berthed ro-ro or car carriers. What’s up? Coronavirus fear is most likely answer. If she’s waiting for something, some cargo or whatever, why didn’t she anchor and is cruising around, burning expensive fuel and wearing mechanisms? With Italy being a Hot Zone now, GRANDE TOGO was put under some kind of Flying Dutch quarantine?
Container ship MSC LAUSANNE, meanwhile, is still at anchor at Haifa anchorage, still an outcast, it seems.
Coronavirus is becoming a real threat, not a disease though, but worldwide governmental attempts to prevent pandemic. With such preventive measures, we’d soon find ourselves in Dark Ages, with no energy, food and other vitally important supplies, and ruined infrastructure. And if China and Japan are of any lesson, the best way to get infected and fall sick is to be caught in quarantine. Italy, with all that, keeps allowing in its’ ports NGOs traffickers ships with hundreds of migrants on board.
Ro-ro cargo ship GRANDE TOGO, IMO 9465370, GT 26650, built 2011, flag Italy, manager GRIMALDI GROUP.



My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.