SAFETY4SEA remembers the hijacking of the cruise ship ‘Achille Lauro’ in 1985 by four heavily armed Palestinian militants who posed as passengers, resulting to the brutal murder of one passenger. The attack lasted only two days but spurred a global concern over the shaping dimensions of maritime terrorism.
The Maltese-flagged cruise ship ‘Marella Discovery’ picked up a total of 111 people, including 33 children, from a migrant boat while sailing off Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula, in the early morning hours of Sunday, the Hellenic Coastguard informed.
A live security drill at a cruise ship terminal in Mexico has given participants the opportunity to test their skills and assess where any improvements can be performed. The exercise, including a simulated bomb threat, was part of a workshop on Maritime Security Drills and Exercises.
UK police has arrested a total of twelve people in Madeira on 24 March, as part of an investigation into drug smuggling on a cruise ship. The twelve individuals were detained after the cruise ship MSC Opera arrived into Funchal from the Caribbean.
The previous weekend up to a dozen of passengers that were to board at an Electronic Dance Music (EDM) cruise were arrested in Port Canaveral for the possession of illicit drugs. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and Port Canaveral conducted inspections prior to boarding, using drug-sniffing dogs, luggage searches and other methods to detect illicit substances, resulting in multiple arrests.
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.
U.S. MARAD has begun certifying cruise vessel security and safety training program providers
The Federal Register issued the USCG notice of proposed rulemaking amending its regulations on cruise ship terminal security
On 9 June, the European Commission published a call for tender regarding a Study on Cruise Ship Security
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