The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has released its list of the top safety violations for cruise ships for 2014. 

As you can see in the list of "deficiencies" below, the majority of the violations by cruise lines pertain to fire safety issues. The Coast Guard issued 329 deficiencies. Here is the list released by the USCG:

Fire Screen Doors Not Closing Properly – Fire doors didn’t operate correctly.

Blocked Escape Routes – Hallways and doors used to escape were partially or completely blocked.

Crew Drills and Training Issues – Crews members were unable to operate fire suppression systems, U.S. Coast Guard - Cruise Ship Inspectionlifeboats and rescue boats and could not communicate effectively during fire and abandon ship drills.

Lifeboats and Rescue Boats Problems –  Lifeboats, rescue boats and launching appliances were in deficient shape. Davits and lifeboats were not operating properly and were missing equipment.

Improper Use of Space – Crew members stored combustible materials in spaces without adequate fire protection and suppression systems.

Fire & Smoke Detection Problems – Fire and smoke detection systems didn’t work. 

Fire Suppression Problems – Sprinkler heads were in a poor shape or missing. Fire pumps didn’t start and valves and CO2 systems didn’t work.

Pollution Prevention Equipment Problems – problems were noted with bunkering station piping, marine sanitation devices, pumps, and oily water separators. 

Emergency Lighting Problems – Lighting to assist passengers and crew with locating emergency exits did not work.

Fuel and Oil Leaks -Engine rooms were found to have oil leaks around the main engines, in the oil purifier room and in shaft seals.  

It’s a shame that the Coast Guard does not disclose which cruise line have committed the violations or the top violators. 

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  • Hi Jim,

    Thanks for the report – was there an accompanying press release or other documentation?

    Thanks for any other info you can provide.