Thursday, 9 February 2012

New safety drill policy for cruise ships after Costa Concordia tragedy

In light of the tragic scenes on board the Costa Concordia last month, mandatory drills are now to be imposed before cruise ships leave port. The previous policy stated that muster drills can happen at any time within 24 hours of passenger embarkation.

All cruise operators have voluntarily undertaken the policy with immediate effect.

In a statement from The Cruise Lines International Association, European Cruise Council and the Passenger Shipping Association, they said:

"On rare occasions when passengers arrive after the muster has been completed, passengers will be promptly provided with individual or group safety briefings that meet the requirements for musters applicable under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). The formal policy is designed to help ensure that any mandatory musters or briefings are conducted for the benefit of all newly embarked passengers at the earliest practical opportunity.”

Lets hope that valuable lessons have now been learnt and the cruise industry can recover from the Costa Concordia tragedy.