Policies concern lifejackets, heavy objects and consistency
The cruise industry will adopt three new safety policies, following an operational safety review launched in January. The new rules were announced by the Cruise Lines International Association and the European Cruise Council.
A new lifejacket policy says that lifejackets equal to or greater than the number required by international regulations and the ship’s flag state must be kept close to muster stations or lifeboat points on newly-constructed ships.
A policy on securing heavy objects will tell lines to fix heavy items such as pianos, televisions, treadmills and laundry equipment, either permanently or during severe weather.
Member lines will be required to perform ship-wide inspections to ensure heavy objects are properly secured.
And changes on the bridge aim at improving consistency in operational safety procedures, as members of the ship’s bridge team often rotate among different ships.
[image courtesy Royal Caribbean]