GLOBAL CRUISE INDUSTRY ANNOUNCES TWO NEW SAFETY POLICIES
Latest Safety Measures Reflect Ongoing Commitment to Continuous Improvement
On behalf of the global cruise industry, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the European Cruise Council (ECC) announced that the cruise industry has adopted two new safety policies. These new policies were adopted in the wake of the Costa Concordia disaster in January of this year.
The policies address issues related to the recording of passenger nationality and the common elements of musters and emergency instructions, result from the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review launched in January 2012.
The Nationality of Passengers policy was developed in response to the request of governments at the May meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee meeting. This policy prescribes that the nationality of each passenger onboard is to be recorded and made readily available to search and rescue personnel as appropriate.
The 12 common elements mandated by the Common Elements of Musters and Emergency Instructions policy are:
- When and how to don a lifejacket
- Description of emergency signals and appropriate responses in the event of an emergency
- Location of lifejackets
- Where to muster when the emergency signal is sounded
- Method of accounting for passenger attendance at musters both for training and in the event of an actual emergency
- How information will be provided in an emergency
- What to expect if the Captain orders an evacuation of the ship
- What additional safety information is available
- Instructions on whether passengers should return to cabins
prior to mustering, including specifics regarding medication, clothing
- Description of key safety systems and features
- Emergency routing systems and recognizing emergency exits
- Who to seek out for additional information