5 Cruise Ship Safety Requirements

As the cruise industry has grown, updates and enhancements have been made to the safety requirements and regulations that must be followed aboard all ships. According to CLIA(Cruise Lines International Association), an average cruise ship undergoes more than 60 health, safety and environmental inspections per year to prevent cruise ship accidents. The rigorous safety requirements employed by cruise lines often go above and beyond what is required by law. Here are five things required by cruise lines to ensure the safety of their passengers and crew.

  1. The Muster Drill- Anyone who has ever taken a cruise is familiar with the muster drill. All passengers are required to assemble at an assigned meeting place within the first few hours of their cruise vacation so crew members can teach them safety techniques in the event of an emergency, such as how to don a life jacket and where to report in the event of an evacuation by lifeboat. The muster drill is the cruise ship equivalent of the safety demonstration on an airline flight.
  2. High-tech navigation- According to Landry & Kling, cruise ships are now required to have state-of-the-art electronic navigational tools. Most cruise ships actually exceed the regulatory requirements to have the most up-to-date navigational equipment available.
  3. Licensed ship doctors- Modern cruise ships are equipped with sophisticated sick bays, complete with X-ray suites, blood-testing labs and an ICU. The ship’s doctors are trained and licensed, and required to have three years’ experience or more in clinical care, including emergency and minor surgery. If a situation arises which the ship’s medical crew feels is beyond their ability, outside reinforcements will be called in to medevac patients to other medical facilities.
  4. Fire Protection-The average cruise ship, carrying 2,700 passengers and 800 crew members, has 5 firefighting teams, 4,000 smoke detectors, 500 fire extinguishers, 16 miles of sprinkler piping, 5,000 sprinkler heads and 6 miles of fire hose on board in case of fire. Additionally, water mist fire protection systems such as HI-FOG can safely and swiftly put out fires aboard the ship with minimal damage and little passenger inconvenience.
  5. Security- The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act of 2010 requires all cruise ships to report all onboard felonies that occur in U.S. territorial waters to federal agencies; this extends to felonies committed in the high seas if the victim or assailant is a U.S. national. For lesser crimes, or misdemeanors, the act states that the cruise ship’s security department is responsible for responding to crimes which take place upon the vessel, and can be reached by dialing 911 from an onboard phone.

A cruise ship vacation should be an enjoyable and relaxing experience. The regulations in place on board a cruise ship should ensure that you and your loved ones have the safest possible journey. However, if you have been injured in a cruise ship accidents or incurred a serious illness on a cruise ship, you need a cruise ship accident attorney with experience in cruise ship-related cases to assist you with your claim. < a href+”https://waitz-downer.com/contact/”>Contact Waltz & Downer> today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers.