CLIA, European Cruise Group Announce New Safety Policies
The Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and the European Cruise Council are immediately implementing three new safety policies. The new policies, which go beyond the strictest of regulatory requirements, address issues related to passage planning, personnel access to the bridge and lifejackets. Each of these three policies will be reported to the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization (IMO) for consideration at their next session in May.
The announcement was made by Manfredi Lefebvre, chairman of the European Cruise Council (ECC) and member of the CLIA executive committee. Lefebvre is chairman of Silversea Cruises.
The recommendation is that each ship’s passage plan is to be drafted by a designated officer, approved by the master and be thoroughly briefed to all bridge team members well in advance of its implementation. To minimize disruptions and distractions on the bridge, the organizations have adopted a policy that bridge access is to be limited to those with operational functions during periods of restricted maneuvering or when increased vigilance is required. And, in addition to the statutory requirement of carriage of lifejackets for each person onboard, the organizations have adopted a policy of carrying additional adult lifejackets in excess of the legal requirements so that the number of additional adult lifejackets 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.
The new policies follow the industry’s announcement on Jan. 27 of an operational safety review in response to the Costa Concordia disaster, which killed 32 people.
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