Explained: Why cruise ships are anchored off Coast
TWO cruise ships anchored off the Sunshine Coast have caused concern among residents, but authorities say there's no cause for alarm.
Caloundra resident Jennie Graham said the Pacific Dawn and Sea Princess ships had been at anchor for more than a day, in an "unusual sight" for locals.
"It's quite unnerving actually, seeing them out there. I have no idea why they're there," she said.
"Where are they going to go? No one in the world wants them.
"It's an interesting situation to add to the chaos going on at the moment."
But a P&O spokeswoman told the Daily the Pacific Dawn was not carrying any passengers and was out of service.
"There is nothing unexpected about Pacific Dawn being at anchor and there is no health concern," she said.
"Pacific Dawn is out of service with no guests on board. The ship had been home ported in Brisbane for a season of cruises.
"A decision will be made on where the ship will go for the duration of the pause in cruising."
The spokeswoman said some out-of-service vessels may be docked alongside or be at anchor. To ensure their technical services continued and were maintained in working order, the ships can periodically move between a berth and anchor.
Maritime Safety Queensland general manager Angus Mitchell said the Sea Princess had permission to berth in Pinkinba, Brisbane today.
"The ship will remain in port for about 48 hours to load essential stores and fuel," he said.
"The ship is not carrying any passengers and no crew are due to disembark."
Cruise ship Azamara Journey berthed at the Fisherman Island Grain yesterday to load essential stores and fuel. It has only crew on board.
Mr Mitchell said all cruise ship visits were subject to strict Commonwealth Government and Queensland Health approvals before final approval from the Maritime Safety Queensland general manager.
Cruise ships are responsible for at least 20 per cent of Australia's coronavirus cases and have been a source of concern since passengers from the Ruby Princess were allowed to disembark in Sydney, with several later testing positive to the virus.
The incident prompted the Federal Government to ban ships from docking at Australian ports, except in emergencies.