Cruise Lines Revamp Safety Drill Standards
February 10, 2012 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
ROME, Feb. 10 (UPI) — Three cruise line trade associations said the foundering of the Costa Concordia in Italy in January had prompted adoption of new passenger safety drills.
In a joint statement, the Cruise Lines International Association, European Cruise Council and Passenger Shipping Association said before ships set sail passengers would be obliged to take part in safety drills, The Daily Telegraph reported.
“The formal policy is designed to help ensure that any mandatory musters or briefings are conducted for the benefit of all newly embarked passengers at the earliest practical opportunity,” the statement said.
At least 17 people died as a result of the accident in which the Costa Concordia struck rocks and foundered off the Tuscan coast on Jan. 13.
The associations said the new safety drills exceed legal standards, which requires drills to take place within 24 hours of a ship’s departure from port.
The new procedures will take effect immediately, the associations said.