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Cruise industry introduces new safety measures

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On February - 12 - 2012

Cruise lines are now required to conduct passenger safety drills before leaving port effective immediately. The new rule was announced by several cruise industry associations: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the largest cruise industry organization in North America, European Cruise Council, and UK-based Passenger Shipping Association. The new policy is in response to the Costa Concordia disaster where 16 people died and 16 are still missing following the ship’s collision with rocks close to the shore of the Italian island of Giglio on January 13 .

Holding muster drills before leaving port goes beyond the existing legal requirement that passengers participate in the safety drills within 24 hours of embarking. Passengers who arrive after drills are held will receive prompt individual or group safety briefings. About 600 of more than 3,000 Corcordia passengers had not participated in the muster drill because they got on the ship within hours of the accident. “There are various means of delivering passenger safety instructions and abandon ship instructions, but we believe the existing international requirement that we provide this instruction within 24 hours can be bettered by doing it immediately upon (passenger) boarding,” said Michael Crye, executive vice president of CLIA. The organizations will consider the findings of the official Concordia investigation when they are released and make further recommendations based on those details, Crye said.

Reported by Anita Dunham-Potter (editor@www.expertcruiser.com)

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2 Responses to “Cruise industry introduces new safety measures”

  1. Jenn says:

    We took our company out for a cruise this past week and noticed some of the new changes they’ve implemented (at least compared to last years cruise). I think it’s horrible something like that happened, hopefully these measures will do better to protect the passengers from now on.

  2. Cruises from Southampton says:

    This is an absolute must. It goes without saying that we cannot have another cruising disaster like this. The muster drills are there for everyone’s own benefits yet many choose to ignore them.


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