Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is recommending enhancements to regulations about the reporting of casualties at sea.
Specifically, CLIA is recommending that the International Maritime Organization (IMO) expressly and more clearly require flag states to report all "very serious marine casualties."
Very serious marine casualties are defined by the IMO and include any marine casualty resulting in a passenger or crew member fatality, the complete loss of a ship, or serious damage to the marine environment. CLIA requested that Member States of the IMO consider clarifying existing requirements via an amendment to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS.
The recommendations were made in a paper submitted March 12 to the IMO by CLIA, on behalf of its members. They were made as part of the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review launched by CLIA and its member lines immediately following the Concordia incident.
"Ensuring the consistency of reporting will benefit both the general public and the industry by improving awareness and transparency," said Christine Duffy, President & CEO of CLIA. "While marine casualties in the cruise industry are extremely rare and our singular priority is always to prevent them, we believe these recommendations will ensure consistency across the industry and greater transparency for all our stakeholders."
Ms. Duffy added: "The global cruise industry is committed to proactively improving safety procedures. We are maintaining an open and regular dialogue with the IMO and are appreciative of their support of the Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review."
March 21, 2012