Passenger amenities on cruise ships has far surpassed the original language of the existing regulations. The Marine Safety Center in 2016 developed Plan Review Guideline SOLAS-29 “Overhanging Decks” to assist vessel owners and operators when using or installing awnings and similar coverings on open deck areas.
On 9 July, a Court in Marseille started the trial for the Captain of the cruise ship ‘Azura’, who was sued over breaching sulphur fuel limit, during a stopover in Marseilles, on 29 March. In the first case of its kind in Europe, if found guilty, the Master could face up to a year in prison and a fine of up to €200,000.
A new cruise terminal will be built in Miami. After an MoU was signed between MSC Cruises and Miami-Dade County, the two parties agreed to construct a new Cruise Terminal AAA at PortMiami. Last year Miami served more than 5.3 million travelers, more cruise passengers than any other port in the world.
The US Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise cited a list of common causes of PSC detentions on cruise ships by the USCG throughout 2017. USCG conducted 292 cruise ship examinations in 2017 and only 0.34% received a detention, which shows there is a strong safety culture in the cruise line industry.
The Philippine Coast Guard and the National Bureau of Investigation rescued 139 persons from a joint anti-human-smuggling operation, after arresting the 5,746 GT cruise ship ‘M/V Forever Lucky’ bound for Micronesia, with 41 crew onboard, in the early hours of July 3rd.
On Sunday, the cruise ship ‘Carnival Glory’ found and rescued a missing crewmember of the cruise ship ‘Norwegian Getaway’, 21 miles north of Cuba, after he went overboard on Saturday, 30 June. The crewman was reported in stable condition, according to the US Coast Guard.
The Freeport of Riga Authority announced that it has become a member of CLIA. Membership in this organisation will enable the Freeport of Riga Authority to cooperate with the world’s largest cruise line operators, facilitating the development of the cruise sector in the Port of Riga.
While Westwood Global Energy Group expects a turnover of USD 236 billion in the global LNG market from 2018 to 2022, a new report, prepared by COWI for the Port of Esbjerg, indicates that it would be inappropriate to invest in LNG at the Port at the current time, as demand is limited in the small and medium-sized ports.
The US Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Command Center watchstanders received a cell phone call at 4:39 p.m. from a crewmember aboard the ‘Majesty of the Sea’ reporting a passenger was suffering from chest pains and was in need of advanced medical attention.
Rising passenger numbers on cruise ships have resulted in the introduction of new technologies and the internet of things which makes the journey more engaging and personalised. However, there is a flip side, and with thousands of people’s information available cruise line digitisation makes them a target for hackers.
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