Following intense public pressure brought by Richard Fearnside's mother Marianne, P&O Ferries has posted comments on its Facebook page stating that it will be discussing the use of CCTV cameras with the "wider shipping community" and will be raising this issue with the "UK and European Maritime safety authorities."
Don't believe it. This is a stall tactic. P&O Ferries can install CCTV anytime it wants. It doesn't need to discuss this with rival ferry companies or obtain permission from any governmental authority.
I have attended over a half-dozen U.S. Congressional hearings over the past 8 years which have addressed over-board passengers from the U.S. based cruise lines. Cruise lines don't like to be told what to do. They resist man over-board systems at every turn. They drag their feet. They say anything and everything to delay. I've seen every cruise line trick in the book. The cruise lines first say "It's not practical." When they lose that fight, they change their tune: "No new laws are necessary because we will voluntarily agree to install man over-board systems," but they don't. After the lies are revealed and legislation is passed, the cruise lines will try and change the law. When that doesn't work, the cruise lines don't comply with the law.
If the U.K. ferries are like the U.S. cruise lines, expect a long fight.
Today, I received a mocking tweet on Twitter from a self-proclaimed U.K. ferry executive, Paul D. Woodbury:
"A USA 'maritime lawyer' on P&O Ferries! CCTV throughout is not a practical proposal. They're ferries not TV studios."
To me, Mr. Woodbury demonstrates the U.K. ferry business interests at their worst. Disrespectful to the dead. Arrogant. Flippant. And more interested in bottom line corporate profits than human life.
Mr. Woodbury's resume indicates that he worked for P&O Ferries for four years and "played a key role in safety management."
This is the ferry lines' mind set. Be prepared for it. They don't care about you or your family. Your pain and sorrow have no place on their profit & loss statements. They want it done as cheaply as possible. They are shameless. And they won't do the right thing until you force them to.
Is this of interest? Read our other articles about the P&O Ferries - Richard Fearnside CCTV debacle:
- P&O Ferries Refuses to Install CCTV or Man Overboard Systems after Passenger Disappears
- P&O Ferries Plagued By Overboard Passengers and No Safety Systems
- P&O Crisis Manager Is No Stranger to Ferry Disasters
Have you signed the petition yet? I did, so should you.
Photo Credit: P&O Ferries (top); LinkedIn (bottom).