Salmon farmers rope in cruise ships to transport workers by sea during coronavirus

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Chilean companies using ships as preventive measures as a result of the pandemic.

In normal times, you’d be able to experience the wonderful sights of southern Chile sailing through archipelagos, channels and gulfs, perhaps even sipping on a cool Pisco Sour.

However, normal times these are not.

With the country’s tourism industry dead in the water even during a quiet period, Chilean cruise operator Skorpios Group explained in a press release that is ferrying workers from Mowi, Australis Seafoods, Cermaq and Blumar to sites.

The company’s commercial manager, Jorge Isler explained that it stepped in because of transport restrictions placed because of the pandemic. “There was great concern from the industry regarding the impossibility of occupying air means, given the restriction of flights, and its own maritime means due to the low capacity, for the transfer of its personnel to different sectors or areas of the Aysén region,” he added.

“Skorpios III”. PHOTO: Skorpios

He added that passengers are picked up at points by salmon farmers and the ships – comprised of “Skorpios II” and “Skorpios III” do not dock in any ports.

Last week, Mundo Acuicola reported that Mowi Chile was amongst the first to use the ferry as it started limiting production operations to a minimum, rotating salmon farming shifts on a 21 × 21 day on/off basis.