Thursday, July 4, 2013

IMO adopts more safety policies for cruise industry

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has announced that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has implemented three additional safety-related policies from the 2012 Global Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review at the recently completed IMO Maritime Safety Committee meeting.

All ten policies from the Review have now been included in formal IMO standards specific to Passenger Ship Safety.

“As a result of our relentless focus on passenger safety and comfort and our ongoing mission of continuous improvement in shipboard operations, cruising remains one of the safest vacation experiences available today, ” said Christine Duffy, president and CEO of CLIA.

“We look forward to working closely with the IMO, its Secretary-General, the Maritime Safety Committee and the 170 IMO Member States around the world to make a safe industry even safer for the over 20 million global passengers that cruise each year,” she said.

The global cruise industry launched the Review, a comprehensive assessment of the critical human factors and operational aspects of maritime safety as part of its longstanding efforts to continuously raise the bar on safety matters. The global cruise industry introduced ten new safety policies during the Review and each policy exceeded current international regulatory requirements upon their announcement.

All policies have been adopted by members of CLIA. Throughout the Review, CLIA and its members received input from an independent Panel of Experts with extensive experience in maritime, regulatory and accident investigation fields. This Panel continues to assist the industry in providing ideas, guidance and impartial analysis and is actively engaged through CLIA’s many Technical and Regulatory Committees.

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