Travel Weekly reports that the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) announced three new policies designed to supposedly improve cruise ship safety after the Costa Concordia disaster earlier this year.
It’s great PR for the cruise industry. But like the other post-Concordia CLIA policies, there’s not much substance to the new procedures.
One policy talks about storing more life vests at the muster stations, but some cruise ships (like the Oasis of the Seas) store the life vests in the cabins.
A second policy is something about "standardizing bridge procedures across a brand’s fleet, and across different brands under the same ownership." Huh? Not sure what procedures CLIA is thinking about. It seems like this means that all Costa ships, for example, or all brands owned by Carnival could have one procedure but there will be different procedures for other ships and other companies like Royal Caribbean or NCL. Why not one uniform procedure for all cruise ships?
The third "new" policy mentions using "tie-downs or other means of locking down heavy objects such as pianos, televisions, treadmills and laundry equipment that could cause injuries if they shift unexpectedly."
Does this mean that cruise ships currently don’t have such a policy? That’s remarkable.
Consider the CCTV images of the Pacific Sun cruise ship hit by rough seas where literally everything in sight was sliding violently across the cruise ship’s decks. The video was filmed in 2008. It has been over 4 years since the video was filmed. The cruise industry is only now finally thinking of a tie-down policy?