Panic or coronavirus, what’s more dangerous?

Ferry BLUE STAR MYCONOS departed on Mar 11 from Kavala, northern Greece, with an hour delay, after one crew was taken to hospital with virus-like symptoms, whatever these symptoms may be. The ship according to her service schedule, was bound for Myrina, Lemnos island, and Mytilene. She reached Lemnos and was detained at Myrina until the result of coronavirus test will become known. That is to say, that if result is positive, the whole ship with all crew will be put under quarantine. If, hopefully, it’s not the case and test will be negative, the ship, as hopefully, will resume her service trips after a lengthy delay.
If Greece and other coastal nations, heavily dependent on ferry links, will start to detain their ferries after anyone among hundreds or thousands of their crews got a running nose, their inner transportation infrastructure, both passenger and cargo, will soon collapse, and with that, they’ll have much more trouble on their hands, than mere coronavirus.
The coronavirus campaign or bad movie or whatever it is, is going out of any sensible control – not virus itself, but fighting and containing it, while WHO and media are stoking the fire of global pandemic panic.
Passenger ro-ro cargo ship BLUE STAR MYCONOS, IMO 9208679, GT 8129, built 2005, flag Greece, operator Blue Star Ferries.



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.