February 5, 2001
ICCL sets mandatory standards
The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) says its members have unanimously agreed to set mandatory policies for passenger and crew safety, security, environment, operational procedures, health safety, and sanitation.
Various ICCL policy guidelines will now become a requirement for continuation of ICCL membership. Examples of these guidelines include:
- Safety (i.e. Lifejackets, Helicopter pick-up area, Infant Personal Flotation Devices)
- Locally-Sounding Fire Alarms
- Security (i.e. Zero Tolerance for Crime, Passenger Safety)
- Environment (i.e. Waste Management Practices and Procedures)
- Medical (i.e. Facilities, Equipment, and Staff Qualifications)
Member lines will integrate the standards set in the policy guidelines into their individual Safety Management Systems (SMS). They will thus be subject to the internal and external audits mandated by the International Safety Management (ISM) code.
"This major step for the cruise line industry establishes standards in areas that go above and beyond both U.S. and international requirements, said Michael Crye, ICCL president. Since 1980, more than 60 million passengers have safely traveled on cruise lines. The industry wants to ensure that this excellent and enviable safety record continues.
Existing U.S. and international regulations require compliance on a broad range of safety, environmental and health issues. These regulatory regimes however, differ in some respects.
The new ICCL mandatory standards will meet or exceed U.S. or international standards. For example, existing regulations require cruise ships to have smoke detectors sounding only on the bridge. New mandatory industry standards will require each ICCL member vessel to have smoke alarms that sound in all passenger and crew state rooms and adjacent corridors as well as on the bridge.
Mandatory standards are another proactive step in maintaining the cruise industrys position as the safest and most environmentally friendly form of maritime transportation available, said ICCL Chairman, Richard Fain. We take our commitment to our passengers and the environment very seriously.
AMCV to drydock Independence
American Classic Voyages Co. has scheduled a one-week drydocking, beginning Saturday, March 24th, for American Hawaii Cruises S.S. Independence to repair the 860-passenger cruise liners bow thruster. The ships March 24th sailing has been canceled and the vessel will return to year-round 7-night Hawaii cruise service from Maui on Saturday, March 31, 2001. The work will be done at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Honolulu, Hawaii.
We apologize for the inconvenience this causes our customers and the travel agents involved; however, it is appropriate that we address this repair promptly, commented Rod McLeod, president and chief operating officer for AMCV. Until the bow thruster is repaired, the S.S.Independence will be assisted by tugboats when entering and leaving port.
Passengers on the canceled sailing are being contacted through their travel agent and offered to move to another sailing of the S.S. Independence. Passengers who elect to transfer will be given a two-category cabin upgrade and a $25 per person onboard credit. Passengers who choose to cancel their Hawaii cruise vacation will receive a full refund and 50 percent off a future seven-night cruise on the S.S. Independence. Travel agency commissions are protected; and, if a passenger elects to transfer to another sailing of the S.S. Independence, a rebooking fee of $50 per cabin will be paid to the travel agency.
AMCV is also advising affected passengers and travel agents that United States Lines, which is also owned by AMCV and offers year-round 7-night Hawaii cruise vacations, is unable to accommodate the affected S.S. Independence passengers. USLs 1,212-passenger ship, the ms Patriot, is currently sold to capacity for its March 24th voyage.
The International Council of Cruise Lines (ICCL) announced today its members have unanimously agreed to set mandatory policies for cruise ship passenger and crew safety, security, environment, operational procedures, health safety, and sanitation. These new policies mark the first time an association of international maritime operators has adopted mandatory standards on such a wide-ranging set of topics. Adherence to the policies now will be required for continuation of membership in the association.
"This major step for the cruise line industry establishes standards in areas that go above and beyond both U.S. and international requirements," said Michael Crye, ICCL president. "Since 1980, more than 60 million passengers have safely traveled on cruise lines. The industry wants to ensure that this excellent and enviable safety record continues."
Bureau Veritas and RINA form alliance
Classification societies Bureau Veritas and RINA have agreed to form an alliance. A letter of intent signed in Rome by both parties sets a period of 90 days for due diligence and finalizing details of the future structure of the alliance.
It is expected that the board of RINA will retain a controlling shareholding in RINA's marine business, and that BV will take a controlling stake in RINA's industrial and certification business. The alliance will preserve the identity of both societies and focus initially on technical cooperation in the marine field.
Executive vice president of Bureau Veritas, Bernard Anne, says, "We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with RINA ...which will form the foundation of a future world ranking European classification society. Italian shipowners will benefit from the technological co-operation and world-wide network which BV can bring to the alliance. We are confident that our experience in the industry and certification sectors will help RINA widen its range of services and create more employment in Italy."
Nicola Squassafichi, chief executive of RINA, says, "We concluded over eighteen months ago that it would be in the best interests of our clients if RINA could form an alliance which would strengthen our global outreach. At the same time, we wanted to ensure that RINA's unique skills and wide experience would be retained and our proud tradition preserved. This alliance with BV will strengthen RINA and help us to grow, which will benefit our clients and our staff."
The deal puts an end plans to align RINA more closely with ABS. ABS Chairman Frank Iarossi cited "irreconcialble differences" and said ABS had withdrawn from further negotiations with the Italian society
ABS and RINA had spent more than a year exploring possible ways of structuring an alliance that would have strengthened the services offered to RINA's core constituency of Italian shipowners. "Throughout, we always had the interests of the shipowners at the forefront of our discussions," added Iarossi. "We constantly sought their advice on what would be the best administrative and operational structure to enhance the level of classification services that would be available to them."
ABS has maintained an office and operations in Italy for almost 80 years, with current headquarters in Genoa. "We already count many Italian shipowners among our clients and members," said Iarossi. "Although it has not been possible to conclude an arrangement with RINA, I can personally assure these owners that ABS will continue to develop and offer the highest quality classification services for them and their colleagues. ABS is fortunate to enjoy an esteemed reputation in this market and we look forward to serving the vibrant Italian maritime community in the future. "
Changes at Gulf Island
Kerry J. Chauvin, President and CEO of offshore fabrication specialist Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc, Houma, Louisiana, says its board has approved the appointment of Kirk J. Meche to EVP of operations. He will be responsible for managing the operations of Gulf Island, L.L.C., Dolphin Services, Inc. and Southport, Inc. (wholly owned subsidiaries of Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc.).
Meche was also appointed president of Gulf Island, L.L.C. to manage its day to day Operations. He was previously president of Southport, Inc.
Steve Becnel was promoted to president and CEO of Southport, Inc. He was previously VP of Operations.
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