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CLIA And The European Cruise Council Announce New Rules Regarding Common Elements For Muster Drills & Recording Passenger Nationalities

Written by: Cruise

June 26, 2012.

More changes were announced today regarding cruise ship emergency protocols. These are part of the ongoing reassessment of emergency procedures in the wake of the Costa Concordia disaster.

While most of the new requirements for the muster drill (and actual emergencies) are familiar, the one requiring a description of ‘key safety systems and features’ strikes me as new and I think this will add some time to the length of the passenger drill.

The second change involves recording the nationality of each passenger. This information will be kept ashore and provided to emergency and rescue organizations as needed. It appears this is to facilitate communication with passengers who may be missing or require emergency responders, as well as the diplomatic issues of notifying a nation that their citizens may be involved in an emergency and the subsequent notification of next-of-kin.

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