COVID-19 Update

It’s been an unprecedented year so far in relation to COVID-19 and its effects, not only upon our principal crew and staff but the wider shipping industry as a whole. At this time, It’s Maritime Managements utmost obligation to ensure our crews safety as well as the additional rotation of scientists and technicians that come aboard. Luckily, some planned expeditions steadily continue under this new normal and we are proud to say that the adjustment has been smooth despite the taxing socially distant preparations. We have reduced our crews to essential workers only, ensuring the safe passage of newcomers aboard as well any circumstances wherein a crew member can return home to loved ones.The guidance and guidelines laid out in this post are based on a variety of sources including current recommendations from the US Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and University National Oceanography Laboratory System (UNOLS). These are in immediate effect on board the Nautilus while Lana Rose is in warm layup in Alabama awaiting orders.


  • Staff are strictly advised to maintain as much distance as possible.
  • Masks are compulsory where necessary while also recognising that in some cases they may not be suitable for visibility purposes ie deck operations or thorough engine inspections.
  • Enhanced cleaning measures and sanitation have been introduced.
  • Although some outreach or educational expeditions are set to continue, under the present crewing guidelines, most will be facilitated ashore to prevent overcrowding.
  • Telepresence measures will be prioritised.
  • Any expeditions planned will have at most a 2 day transit distance from ports nearby.
  • Quarantine measures are put in place. Members leaving and joining will be instructed to self isolate for 14 days.
  • No one will be allowed off or onboard if they’ve either contracted the virus or display related symptoms.
  • No personal, public or press tours will be allowed.
  • On a daily basis, individuals will be monitored and screened with questionnaires and temperature checks.
  • Meal times will be scattered to maintain distancing.
Please stay tuned for the likely further developments and guidelines.