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  1. 1. The Cruise Industry – Facing The Safety Challenge International Cruise Summit 2012 Madrid Robert Ashdown Director – Technical, Environment & Operations European Cruise Council
  2. 2. Passenger Ship Safety – The Top Priority of the Cruise IndustryThe safety of our passengers and crew is ourindustry’s number one priority
  3. 3. Passenger Ship Safety ‐ A Continuous Global EffortSOME KEY ELEMENTS:• Coordination between industry associations• Consultation with stakeholder governments• Consultation with regulatory bodies/agencies and their leaders• Appearances before parliamentary/legislative bodies• Internal industry work to continue to enhance safety• Transparency in our efforts and sharing ideas for improvement
  4. 4. Some Key Dates for ECC’s Safety Work in 2012• 13 January – Concordia Incident occurs• 27 January – Operational Safety Review is announced publicly• 9 February – Muster policy is announced• 20 March ‐ Request for enhanced reporting requirements by Flag States• 20 April ‐ Panel of Experts appointed• 24 April – European Commission passenger safety workshop• 24 April – Three additional cruise industry policies announced• 16 May – IMO Maritime Safety Committee 90th session• 26 June – Two additional cruise industry policies announced• 20 September – Further cruise industry policy announced• 26 November – IMO Maritime Safety Committee will meet for its 91st Session
  5. 5. Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review
  6. 6. OPERATIONAL SAFETY REVIEWECC & CLIA, speaking on behalf of the global cruise lines industry, announcedon January 27, 2012 the launch of a Cruise Industry Operational Safety Review.The key components of the Review include:1. An internal review by CLIA/ECC members of their own operational safety practices and procedures concerning issues of navigation, evacuation, emergency training, and related practices and procedures.2. Consultation with independent external experts.3. Identification and sharing of industry best practices and policies, as well as possible recommendations to the IMO for substantive regulatory changes to further improve the industry’s operational safety.4. Collaboration with the IMO, governments and regulatory bodies to implement any necessary regulatory changes.
  7. 7. CRUISE INDUSTRY OPERATIONAL SAFETY REVIEW BASIC STRUCTURE
  8. 8. OPERATIONAL SAFETY REVIEW TASK FORCEObjectives:• Provide recommendations for industry safety policy and procedures, including regulatory initiatives.• Provide overview, processes, and recommendations for conducting industry wide operations safety review for cruise line operators’. Ensure results of individual members’ safety review efforts are considered and results are scalable.• Provide guidance and recommendations to ECC/CLIA for the media and other inquiries.• Provide coordinated advice [and consent] for submission of papers to the International Maritime Organization.
  9. 9. OPERATIONAL SAFETY REVIEW TASK FORCEScope of Work:1. Consider human factors, training, and safety operations duringnormal operations and in an emergency including: i. Navigation ii. Evacuation iii. Emergency training iv. Related practices and procedures (such as: SMS, damage control, and audit procedures) v. Communications (both internal and external) monitoring of vessel track line and status of ship, and implications for new build and existing ships) vi. Emergency response to: fire, flooding, collision, grounding, or other emergency scenarios.
  10. 10. OPERATIONAL SAFETY REVIEW TASK FORCEScope of Work:2. Recommend to the wider membership any studies, research or other actions to clarify, research or further develop any matters for a policy, procedure or possible regulatory initiative.3. Consider recommendations presented by ECC/CLIA, individual members, or outside sources i.e., flag states, regulatory authorities, class societies, or other.4. Engage group of experts to consider procedures and best practices and advise on harmonization with other modes of transportation.5. Advise secretariat staff on all of the above aspects.
  11. 11. OPERATIONAL SAFETY REVIEW TASK FORCETask force will strive to complete its work within 3 basic issue groupings:
  12. 12. OPERATIONAL SAFETY REVIEW PANEL OF EXPERTSThe Panel of Experts provides independent advice to the Taskforce and the Review:• Mark Rosenker (former head of US NTSB)• Willem de Ruitter (former head of EMSA)• Stephen Meyer (former head of UK MAIB)• Jack Spencer (former head of US NTSB Marine Division)
  13. 13. OPERATIONAL SAFETY REVIEW INITIAL OUTPUTSThe Review has produced outputs to date on the following andthe work is ongoing:• Musters of passengers• Issues related to availability of flag State casualty information• Carrying of additional lifejackets• Passage planning• Access to the bridge• Common elements of musters and emergency instructions• Recording of nationality of passengers• The Life Boat Loading for Training Purposes
  14. 14. Questions? Rob Ashdown Director – Technical, Environment & Operations European Cruise Council Rue Ducale 67/2 Brussels 1000 Belgium +32 2 510 6134 +44 (0) 1737 235 475 +44 (0) 7738 009 230

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