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Tuesday 2 July 2013

Is Cruising Safer Now?

IMO Adopts More Safety Policies

Although cruise ship accidents such as the Costa Concordia are rare, the International Maritime Organization implemented three more safety policies recommended by an operational review conducted after the January 2012 tragedy. All 10 policies from the review have now been included in formal IMO standards specific to passenger ship safety, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

The safety recommendations include a policy to ensure that every passenger attends a muster drill, limits to personnel who can access a ship’s bridge, and requirements that ships carry a number of lifejackets in excess of the number of people onboard a ship. “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.

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