The importance of cruise ship safety is paramount to us here at Cruise 1st, which is why we are pleased to hear that the 10 new cruise liner safety policies actually go beyond what is required by governmental law and actually supersede governmental interference, according to the Cruise Lines International Association.
The association, which represents 95% of the industry, said it was not prudent to wait for governments to demand changes, since such investigations take too long.
It’s Not Just a Priority, It’s Fundamental
Budd Darr, Senior Vice President of the technical and regulatory affairs department of the group, explained his thoughts on cruise safety a National Transportation Safety Board of cruise ships (NTSB) forum:
“It’s not just a priority, it’s fundamental to what we do in operating our ships. They must be safe. They must be secure. People know that they have to be able to have a safe and secure vacation experience to relax.”
Among the 10 measures implemented, the group has brought in a rule calling for surplus life jackets compared to the amount of passengers, easier access to the life jackets and more rigorous and easily understandable training drills.
Another problem being addressed is the issue of overwhelmed rescue vessels, caused by the sheer volume of crew and passengers aboard cruise liners. For example, in the event of engine failure, up to 6,000 could require rescuing, which is a staggering amount for smaller vessels to deal with.
As such, the board is looking for alternate power sources should the primary engine fail. While the installation of a secondary engine room has been ruled out as impractical, the board has not given up on trying new ideas to convert cruise ships into effectively their own lifeboats.