Punta Arenas glad with 2021/22 cruise season, “we successfully managed to re launch activities”
Next Tuesday a cruise vessel will likely be calling at Puerto Williams in Chile formally marking the top of the 2021/22 cruise season in that nation, which native government from Punta Arenas imagine very sufficient, given the process generated since November 2021, after 18 months of pandemic restrictions.
The cruise season took off in Punta Arenas on November first 2021 with the French flagged journey vessel Le Commandant Charcot, the primary after 18 months of pressured closure on account of the Covid 19 pandemic.
We are very glad as a result of as a crew,we controlled to effectively deal with the problem of resuming passenger transit in our terminals, with operations sparsely programmed to ensure the sanitary safety of all the ones concerned. For that but even so putting in equipments, drafting protocols and different measures we subsidized coordination conferences with representatives of staff and operational groups in addition to with all of the other actors concerned on this process, identified Austral Ports Company (EPA) CEO Rodrigo Pommiez, the corporate that runs Punta Arenas terminals.
He added that the ports from Magallanes Region and Chilean Antarctica have been the one ones within the nation which saved a status transit of arrivals throughout those months, which confirms our nationwide management on this process
Likewise we proceed to function as house port for Australis, Hurtigruten, Silversea and Ponant, which recognizes now not simplest the standard and capability of our products and services, however the relevance of Punta Arenas as the availability and passenger switch terminal”
According to statistics from EPA, 90 calls have been registered this season, 70 global and 20 home with 11,720 guests (9,520 global passengers and a couple of,200 home). Of the 90 calls, 74 have been in Punta Arenas, Puerto Williams 13 and Puerto Natales 3. All of Puerto Williams visitors was once to Antarctica.
Lieutenant Commander Rodrigo Esparza Bastías, Punta Arenas port grasp stated the cruise season offered no inconveniences and complying strictly with the protocols from sanitary officers, which enabled the switch of passengers, safely keeping off any contagion of Covid 19.
The regional supervisor of Cruceros Australis, Gerardo Alvarez identified that for his corporate and the entire sector, this was once surely an excessively particular season which has the primary goal of re-launching the trade following at the abrupt paralyzing from March 2020. Several people throughout 2021 believed lets now not re get started, and as soon as successfully at the transfer, feared every other expected stoppage
Anyhow our turnover was once 15% less than our pre-pandemic report; we had 33 nationalities in comparison to 80 within the closing excellent season, however at the vibrant aspect there was once a substantial building up within the selection of Chilean passengers, which we imagine very encouraging for subsequent season’s marketplace, added Alvarez.
During the closing customary cruise season, 2018/19 Punta Arenas and contributing terminals gained 134 calls and 70,229 passengers. But in 2019/2020 the season ended swiftly on March 15, 2020 as a prevention measure and intended the cancelling of all actions.
For Magallanes area this intended cancelling of twenty-two calls plus two earlier ones from global cruises on account of local weather stipulations and itinerary changes. So the general ranking was once, 140 efficient calls (93 global and 47 home) with 83,566 guests of which 77,331 global and six,235 home. Punta Arenas gained 120 calls, 9 Puerto Natales, and 11 Puerto Williams