New safety policies announced by cruise association
The global cruise industry has adopted three new safety policies which are to be implemented with immediate effect.
Speaking at a major Passenger Ship Safety event in Brussels, Manfredi Lefebvre outlined how these policies have been agreed by the industry and represent the third such announcement arising from the cruise industry's Operational Safety Review.
He also announced that the Operational Safety Review will be further strengthened through the appointment of a panel of four independent experts who were consulted on the three announced measures and will be consulted on future proposals.
The four experts are
- Stephen Meyer
- Willem de Ruiter
- Mark Rosenker
- Doctor Jack Spencer
Three new cruise ship safety policies
1) Passage Planning - although cruise lines have followed IMO guidance on passage planning for many years, policy now deems this to be a mandatory minimum requirement and enhanced by endorsement of the best practices contained in the International Chamber of Shipping's Bridge Procedures Guide. Furthermore, under this policy each passage plan is to be thoroughly briefed to all bridge team members well in advance of its implementation and it is to be drafted by a designated officer and approved by the master.
2) Personnel Access To The Bridge - Bridge access is to be limited to those with operational functions during any period of restricted manoeuvring or when increased vigilance is required.
3) Lifejackets - In addition to the statutory requirement of carriage of lifejackets for each person onboard, the new policy will see cruise ships carrying additional adult lifejackets so that the number of additional adult lifejackets to be provided must not be less than the total number of persons berthed within the ship's most populated main vertical fire zone. This ensures that the number of lifejackets carried is far in excess of the number of persons actually onboard the ship.
Manfredi Lefebvre, Chairman of the European Cruise Council and Member of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Executive Committee, said: "Today's European Commission event is in perfect alignment with our industry efforts to improve cruise ship safety. I am pleased to be given a chance by European Commissioner VP & Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas to outline how the industry and the regulators can move forward together in our common goal of preventing future accidents."